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How to tell what version of windows a product key is for (8 or 8 pro)?

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#1 Guest_gacl_*


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Posted 10 August 2015 - 07:56 PM

Ok so this is a complicated yet simple question. I just bought a laptop that I want to fresh install windows 8 onto. It is an HP laptop and it has a windows 8 sticker on the back so it has the product key in the BIOS. Now it has windows 8.1 pro on it from the seller I bought it from on ebay, but all HP laptops I have seen come with normal 8 not 8 pro, so I am wondering if the product key in the BIOS is for windows 8 or windows 8 pro. Is there any way I can check, or does anyone know of any HP laptops having 8 pro product keys in the BIOS? Thanks!

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Posted 10 August 2015 - 11:31 PM

I would have thought that a fresh install of win8.1 pro would be easier and decidedly a better system...


Why does it need to be a fresh install ?....are there problems with the existing install ?


Is there a "recovery partition" on the hard drive?....this may enable you to 'restore' the pc to its default state....

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Posted 11 August 2015 - 07:19 AM

If your product key is working and activated on windows 8 pro you can free upgrade to windows 8.1 you can also check from slmgr /upk type in comand promot

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Posted 11 August 2015 - 07:38 AM

The product code is tied to the version of Windows that it was installed with.  If you tried to install a different version it wouldn't work. 


If you open the Search charm and type this pc it will appear below the search box.  Right click on this and then select Properties.  This will show you the version of Windows that is installed.

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