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July 10, 2013 11:34:43 AM

I have a windows 8 disk that I got for my PC. I have a laptop that crashed and I have a key but not the disk. Can I use the disk on the laptop but use the key that was on it before?

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July 10, 2013 11:41:39 AM

as long as it is the same exact type of OS like Windows 8 and the same level like Home Premium, Pro, Ultimate it will work. A Win 7 key will not work with windows 8. A Windows Basic key will not work with Home Premium as examples.
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July 10, 2013 11:44:52 AM

bgunner said:
as long as it is the same exact type of OS like Home Premium, Pro, Ultimate it will work.


On the Desktop it just says Windows 8 But on the laptop it was pro.
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a b G Storage
July 10, 2013 11:46:38 AM

Should be fine as long as your have 2 different windows 8 keys for each pc.

This was a bigger problem in XP and even Windows 7, as if you had say, a Dell PC with a Dell OEM key on it, you would need a "Dell" version of XP or 7 to use, or the key wouldn't work with say an OEM or Full version of Windows. Makes reinstallation work a headache sometimes at my shop, as someone comes in, of course has no discs, but still has the key on the side of their PC. Using a copy of Windows downloaded from MS or digitalife, etc, that key wouldn't work. I would have hunt down a "Dell" copy of windows.

I haven't done much with Windows 8 in terms of name-brand PC's in my shop yet, but I'm hoping they opened up the licensing more so the keys are more generic.
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July 10, 2013 11:50:16 AM

getochkn said:
Should be fine as long as your have 2 different windows 8 keys for each pc.

This was a bigger problem in XP and even Windows 7, as if you had say, a Dell PC with a Dell OEM key on it, you would need a "Dell" version of XP or 7 to use, or the key wouldn't work with say an OEM or Full version of Windows. Makes reinstallation work a headache sometimes at my shop, as someone comes in, of course has no discs, but still has the key on the side of their PC. Using a copy of Windows downloaded from MS or digitalife, etc, that key wouldn't work. I would have hunt down a "Dell" copy of windows.

I haven't done much with Windows 8 in terms of name-brand PC's in my shop yet, but I'm hoping they opened up the licensing more so the keys are more generic.


I built my desktop my self and bought the OS from Newegg. The laptop was a windows 7 Dell laptop I think but my girlfriend upgraded to windows 8.
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July 10, 2013 11:54:34 AM

Jake Rose said:
bgunner said:
as long as it is the same exact type of OS like Home Premium, Pro, Ultimate it will work.


On the Desktop it just says Windows 8 But on the laptop it was pro.


It needs to be the same exact OS. if it is not then it will not work.
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