can i activate windows 10 with a windows 8 key


  1. Posts : 1
    windows 10 home
       #1

    can i activate windows 10 with a windows 8 key


    or do i have to go through installing windows 8.1 then all the updates then install windows 10

    its for my mum shes running windows insider still think she just has a local account

    so i just wanna go round with a win 10 iso and install the easiest way
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  2. Posts : 13,959
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
       #2

    To qualify for the free Windows 10 you have to upgrade a qualifying Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 system.

    If she wants to stay on the inside program and your at build 10240 then there is nothing that needs to be done.
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  3. Posts : 17,369
    Windows 11 Pro
       #3

    Run winver. That will tell you the build number and version. Build 10240 is the final version.

    From an elevated command prompt, run slmgr /xpr

    If it says permanently activated it's...well, permanently activated and no other actions are necessary. Unless you want to go into advanced properties for Windows Updates and turn off insider builds.
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  4. Posts : 1,221
    Windows 8.1, Win10Pro
       #4

    MS has said that if you leave the Insider program, the current Insider build will eventually expire -- even though it has no expiration date displayed. So, the version of Win10 on your mum's machine is really not permanent, as eventually, the Insider program will end, or you will leave it.
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  5. Posts : 17,369
    Windows 11 Pro
       #5

    Mark Phelps said:
    MS has said that if you leave the Insider program, the current Insider build will eventually expire -- even though it has no expiration date displayed. So, the version of Win10 on your mum's machine is really not permanent, as eventually, the Insider program will end, or you will leave it.
    So what you are saying is that Microsoft is lying to her when they report that her computer is permanently activated on Windows 10. So, if they are lying about that - then would there not be an equal possibility about them lying about it expiring when Windows reports that the activation is permanent. Either the report that the activation is permanent - or the statement that it will expire is a lie.

    Simple solution. Run slmgr /xpr from an elevated command prompt. Call Microsoft and ask them "It says permanently activated - does that mean it won't expire?"
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