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Hello OCN. As most of you know, Microsoft is selling Windows 8 keys to owners of previous version of windows for only $14.99. Great deal if you ask me....but I'm just wondering, what kind of "key" am I really getting? Is this an OEM key, that is tied to your motherboard forever? Or is this similar to a retail box version where activation limits and new motherboards/HDD/SSD/GPU won't matter?
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Okay looks like I found my answer....and the answer is, there is no limit. Fear not when upgrading components and tinkering with parts....Win 8 OEM allows you to transfer license from PC to PC smile.gif

http://www.zdnet.com/how-the-new-windows-8-license-terms-affect-you_p2-7000003028/
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It doesn't check to see if you really bought the PC on the date you say? Isn't that lying and abusing it? =/

Nope, they don't check for validity....they don't ask for a key or anything....I heard some users getting asked for a key....so they just pop over to their laptop and grab that one and use that....it's still a $15 key that can be used well into the future

IMO, it's not abusing if MS doesn't even check for validity. tongue.gif
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I'm locking this until it has been discussed with management as providing false info to receive the discount is most likely against the EULA.
EDIT: Management have stated that using false information to obtain discounts is not supported nor condoned by OCN and as such this thread will remain locked.

Please do not discuss how you used false info to obtain this discount in any thread.

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http://www.overclock.net/t/1320177/microsoft-windows-8-for-14-99
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Is the only way to upgrade through the Windows Upgrade Assistant? Is there a place to download the correct version (Pro upgrade) so I can just use the key?
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Is the only way to upgrade through the Windows Upgrade Assistant? Is there a place to download the correct version (Pro upgrade) so I can just use the key?

The assistant will allow you to burn into DVD, USB. It will tell you to save the ISO files.
 
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So wait... i got the upgrade one i can use this code on 5 PC? i Put it on my main PC, with windows 7 ultimate yeah i installed that one on more then 6 7 computer lmao when i went to activate it i just did it threw the phone system and bam never ever had a problem with it well mind you that was a retail copy of windows 7. Now can i just use this windows 8 key that i have on my lappy and my other computer i have laying around here with out a problem like i did with windows 7 ?? Thanks!! 

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So wait... i got the upgrade one i can use this code on 5 PC? i Put it on my main PC, with windows 7 ultimate yeah i installed that one on more then 6 7 computer lmao when i went to activate it i just did it threw the phone system and bam never ever had a problem with it well mind you that was a retail copy of windows 7. Now can i just use this windows 8 key that i have on my lappy and my other computer i have laying around here with out a problem like i did with windows 7 ?? Thanks!! 

The upgrade model is the exact same like Apple OS X that allows you to upgrade 5 computer under 1 license at the price of $30-$40. So enjoy.
 
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So wait... i got the upgrade one i can use this code on 5 PC? i Put it on my main PC, with windows 7 ultimate yeah i installed that one on more then 6 7 computer lmao when i went to activate it i just did it threw the phone system and bam never ever had a problem with it well mind you that was a retail copy of windows 7. Now can i just use this windows 8 key that i have on my lappy and my other computer i have laying around here with out a problem like i did with windows 7 ?? Thanks!! 

The upgrade model is the exact same like Apple OS X that allows you to upgrade 5 computer under 1 license at the price of $30-$40. So enjoy.

Can you link the documentation to that? The only multi use licenses that I know of are the family packs or corp keys. If you do this with a regular single use key, you can get that key blacklisted. Wait, is this regarding something else, MC pack?
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