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#1 Ilmiont

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 13:44

Hi guys,

 

Just noticed this for sale http://www.mrhightec...5370395143.html

 

I have Windows 8.1 installation media readily available on my trusty USB so if I bought this would I be able to install 8.1 (using a KMS key to skip activation initially) and then use "Change product key" to input the Windows 8 Pro key... or would I have to install 8 and go through the Windows Store?

Obviously if i bought a new Windows 8 Pro license then that would be an entirely clean key so would it allow me to activate 8.1 without having first activated 8?

 

Any advice appreciated,

 

Ilmiont

 

 

 

 

PS> Anyone used this vendor before? Not sure if they're reputable or not.




#2 Riggers

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 13:56

Be careful with purchasing from this website! From a quick search it seems they use a compnay called 95Gateway.com as their processing facility and by all accounts they are a Chinese credit card payment gateway with a dubious history.

 

I`m not one to really take much from Web Of Trust but this is what they say about them.

 

https://www.mywot.co...d/95gateway.com

 

https://www.mywot.co.../mrhightech.com

 

As for your question about the key usage, what you can do is install Windows 8.1 (update 1 if you have it) using a generic key (available easily with a quick search) then use your Windows 8 key to activate it later on when online.

Many have done this and it has been successful.

 

Good luck and be careful...



#3 OP Ilmiont

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 14:15

OK thanks a lot for that heads-up... think I'll just transfer my current 8/8.1 license off my laptop instead then. The laptop can have Win7 back. Which was my original plan anyway but I saw this and thought hmmmmmmmm. Now not so though. :)