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May 29, 2013 7:04:36 PM


I had bought Windows 8 for my current PC a few months ago, I haven't got a physical copy of the CD nor the download as I got the upgrade through a local store advertising a cheap upgrade. Which I jumped on the great deal after a research check.

With the back ground of the OS, is there any way I can transfer my current OS to a new computer in which I'm currently building?
With the plan of scrapping the one I'm currently using.

If so, how do I go by doing this?

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a c 327 * Windows 8
May 29, 2013 7:10:47 PM

Did you purchase a full or upgrade version?
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May 29, 2013 7:22:52 PM

SR-71 Blackbird said:
If you have a full version , all you need is the key.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/upgrade-pr...


Basically my local store than I sent my computer to for the upgrade done all of this for me, I believe it's the full version. But I haven't gotten a product key as I hadn't received a physical copy nor do I have the receipt.
Is there any way I can get my product key giving my circumstances?

Oh and, I plan to install the OS from boot. So I won't be upgrading the existing windows, it'll be the first OS install.

Thanks
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May 29, 2013 7:49:50 PM

to retrieve your product key all you need to do is right-click the bottem left corner of the screen, click on "system" then srcroll to the bottem of the page and your "Product ID" is your key.
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May 29, 2013 8:04:50 PM

Ovaltripod110 said:
to retrieve your product key all you need to do is right-click the bottem left corner of the screen, click on "system" then srcroll to the bottem of the page and your "Product ID" is your key.


Thank you, I have it.

Can anyone explain to me how I'm suppose to install Windows 8 to my new build without a CD or download? Is it possible to use a USB and transfer it over at first boot?
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May 29, 2013 8:24:18 PM

You should be able to download a boot-able install straight from Microsoft with only a product key VIA http://pcsupport.about.com/gi/o.htm?zi=1/XJ&zTi=1&sdn=p...
Theo only hitch to this method is you need a previous version of windows installed (vista or 7). There are other methods of obtaining a boot-able copy but that is not suggested at all
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a c 327 * Windows 8
May 30, 2013 9:23:39 AM

Already linked that above.
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May 30, 2013 11:27:47 AM

The Product ID is NOT your Windows 8 Product Key. Please see this Microsoft Community thread discussing the recovery of the Windows 8 product key. Your product key should have 5 sets of 5 digits (XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX). The product ID on my machine has 4 sets of 5 digits.

If your product key is an upgrade key, you must have Windows 7, Vista, XP SP3, or a Windows 8 version already on the machine and running before you can start the upgrade. This article (the same one SR-71 Blackbird linked) explains the upgrade process and has a paragraph about the full version. The full System Builder versions require hardware that has the ‘Designed for Windows 8’ logo and are touch capable. Since you have this installed on your current pc that you are replacing, I will assume that the current pc is older… therefore you most likely have an upgrade version of Windows 8.

Hope this helps,

David
Windows Outreach Team – IT Pro
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