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Fresh installing windows 10 on windows 8.1 laptop? can it activate?

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deep1234    1

I got a my sister laptop which is a HP windows 8 preinstalled. Upgraded to windows 8.1 and the OS is currently corrupted.

 

I would like to upgrade it to windows 10. So, can I just fresh install windows 10 on it and will it activate using the build in key from the BIOS? It will be a time wast to reinstall windows 8.1 and then upgrading it to windows 10.

 

Thanks,

 

 

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Brandon H    3,378

yes it should be able to pull the bios key and activate it converting it to a digital key as far as I'm aware.

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waysidesc    114

absolutely

 

should turn into digital license without issue

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DentedAphid7    134

It won't work if you have OEM license like most of laptops that comes with Windows. I had the problem upgrading from Windows Home to Pro and I had to activate using a upgrade key then activate it. 

 

Just run slmgr /dli in CMD just to make sure. 

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Jim K    14,183
1 minute ago, DentedAphid7 said:

It won't work if you have OEM license like most of laptops that comes with Windows. I had the problem upgrading from Windows Home to Pro and I had to activate using a upgrade key then activate it. 

 

Just run slmgr /dli in CMD just to make sure. 

yea...but you're talking about going from two different SKUs?  Home to Pro ... ?

 

Am I missing something?

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DentedAphid7    134

Yeah. And he did not specify which version of Windows he is running. So I'm just saying. 

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+warwagon    13,403

 

56 minutes ago, DentedAphid7 said:

Yeah. And he did not specify which version of Windows he is running. So I'm just saying. 

Typically if a windows 8 pro key is found by windows it will install windows 10 pro. That's how it worked with my Prodesk HP computer I got off of ebay, that had a windows 8 pro sticker on it. I just installed windows and BAM ..activated Windows 10 pro.

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Vince800    284

It should work but as you say the OS is corrupt, you may as well just try it anyway.

 

If it doesn't work then reinstall Windows 8.1 and then Upgrade to Windows 10, this should create a digital key which can be used for any future reinstalls.

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JakeBlaz    0

I thought the free upgrade had expired a long time ago. 

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cork1958    1,818
2 minutes ago, JakeBlaz said:

I thought the free upgrade had expired a long time ago. 

Nope. Just have to use the Microsoft Media Creation tool.

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JakeBlaz    0

Ok i haven't tried an upgrade after the date the was originally announced to end.

  

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Brandon H    3,378

yeah the free upgrade technically never ended; they just stopped promoting it and sending notifications about it

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