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Last response: in Laptop Tech Support
November 7, 2014 11:01:38 PM

i have a laptop with pre installed windows 8(original)
i want to format it because of the bloatware
can i format it to win 8.1 AND USE THE SAME SERIAL KEY FOR ACTIVATION??

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a b D Laptop
November 7, 2014 11:07:22 PM

you may be better getting a program like revo uninstaller and using that to get rid of all the crap on your computer
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a b * Windows 8
November 7, 2014 11:08:33 PM

No, if it came with 8, you need to install 8, if it came with 8.1 you need to install 8.1. For some reason 8 Keys don't work for windows 8.1.

I learned it the hard way.
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a b D Laptop
November 7, 2014 11:10:23 PM

but you should be able to install 8 then upgrade for free to 8.1
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November 7, 2014 11:12:17 PM

thank you..
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November 7, 2014 11:20:31 PM

Microsoft and Windows hasn't done Serial number registration when it comes to OS reinstallation which is pretty much one of the few things I do like about OS X over Windows. Even if your Windows 8 computer has legitly upgraded to 8.1 the product key embedded into the BIOS won't reflect that and it'll always be the same.
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