Windows 10: Will i need my windows 8 key when 10 comes out?

Discus and support Will i need my windows 8 key when 10 comes out? in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; I am running along the builds and wonder if ill have to use my windows 8 product key to activate, and if you think its going to be possible to update... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by Hal0freak, Apr 27, 2015.

  1. Hal0freak Win User

    Will i need my windows 8 key when 10 comes out?


    I am running along the builds and wonder if ill have to use my windows 8 product key to activate, and if you think its going to be possible to update to the full Windows 10 (From The Last Build That Will Be Released Probably RTM) without doing a clean install (Though i have not decided if ill wipe or not i am aware its what would be recommended)

    :)
     
    Hal0freak, Apr 27, 2015
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  2. Vinnyk84 Win User

    Windows 10 - is reinstall possible if MB is replaced

    Hi,

    So i build/upgrade gaming Pc's for my self every 2-3 years and i was wondering the following.

    Currently i have a quad core. Waiting for a 8 core down the road to come out. I know i will need to replace the motherboard when this happens.

    Will i be able to use my same windows 10 key that was upgraded from my windows 8 key or will i need to purchase a windows 10?

    I'm concerned as i did just do a motherboard replacement recent and i had to call Microsoft to get the key validated again. as the motherboard became faulty.
     
    Vinnyk84, Apr 27, 2015
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  3. Rus T Win User
    Can I now clean install Windows 10 without going through the upgrade first step?

    Thanks, Greg.

    One question, it's not so related to this, but I need an answer

    So I am considering to upgrade to Windows 10, however in case of emergency, I need to go back to Windows 8 as my laptop comes with Windows 8, not 8.1, when it first came out.

    I looked for the ISO here

    Software Download

    Apparently, ISO only for 10, 8.1, 7

    If I understand correctly, 8-> 8.1 Update 1 is from Windows Store, and then 8.1 Update 1 -> 8.1 Update 2 is from Windows Update

    And if I understand correctly, Windows 8 key (which is in my BIOS) is not the same as 8.1 key, and therefore if I install 8.1 directly on my laptop, it will not activate because my key is for 8, not 8.1

    So how do I clean install 8.1 if I need to go back? I don't want to do system image backup because my windows 8 from OEM is bloated and I need to clean install anyway.

    Thanks.
     
    Rus T, Apr 27, 2015
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  4. BunnyJ New Member

    Will i need my windows 8 key when 10 comes out?

    No official information has come out from MS yet and everything is speculation up to this point.
     
    BunnyJ, Apr 27, 2015
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