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Well i have entered windows 7 product key and all that..and i've got my promotion code but the thing is, it is not clear whether the update will make my windows 7 -> windows 8 trial and then i'll have to buy the product key or is it totally free to upgrade to windows 8?
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It is not free, I think the cheapest upgrade is like around $38. I would not take that chance.
 
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It is not free, I think the cheapest upgrade is like around $38. I would not take that chance.

They did take my OEM key, which is under the laptop. Does that mean it'll get used my microsoft? or do you think it's safe? because using this software i found out that the windows is installed using a different OEM key than the key which is under the laptop.
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It's not all clear how they operate, but your laptop OS is definitely an OEM, so by using that key for your PC, it might accept, but you may run into trouble if both systems are being used, as MS might pick-up on the fact that two computers are then using the same key.

That is provided of course, MS does not pick-up on the fact that the new key is being installed on different hardware and stop you before you even start. At minimum you may have to phone MS for activation and explain. Not really worth it for little gain.
 
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It sounds to me like you went for the promotional upgrade, which is an offer from Microsoft to anyone who bought a windows 7 laptop or pc between 2 June 2012 and 31 January 2013 where the price of upgrading to windows 8 is halved.

Once you have got your code it will cost you $14.99 to buy windows 8 instead of $30. Microsoft does not use your windows 7 cd key it only needed it for validation that it was bought between those periods. If you do buy windows 8 you can still use your windows 7 cd key should you wish to downgrade again.
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