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So i am thinking of selling my PC and was wondering how i would go about getting windows on my new one, i have bought windows 8.1 and upgraded to windows 10, do i just use my windows 8.1 disc again to instal windows?

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I would just buy a new copy of Windows. I cannot link to it as it may be against this forums policy to link to a competing forum. But, if you search for the Windows/Microsoft Swap on reddit. There are members and editors on there that sell new Windows keys on the cheap. Like $20 to $40 cheap. They buy them in bulk and re-sell them. I've used it many times and the keys are always legit.
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I would just buy a new copy of Windows. I cannot link to it as it may be against this forums policy to link to a competing forum. But, if you search for the Windows/Microsoft Swap on reddit. There are members and editors on there that sell new Windows keys on the cheap. Like $20 to $40 cheap. They buy them in bulk and re-sell them. I've used it many times and the keys are always legit.

I would be EXTREMELY suspect of the above recommendation in getting the key.

To directly answer the question, the answer depends on what version of Windows you purchased originally. If you purchased a full "Retail" copy, and upgraded to 10, then you can format your outgoing system, and install (using your key) on the new system.

If you purchased an "OEM" copy of Windows 8.1 originally, then that license is bound to the system, and you will need to get a new copy for the new system.
    
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I would just buy a new copy of Windows. I cannot link to it as it may be against this forums policy to link to a competing forum. But, if you search for the Windows/Microsoft Swap on reddit. There are members and editors on there that sell new Windows keys on the cheap. Like $20 to $40 cheap. They buy them in bulk and re-sell them. I've used it many times and the keys are always legit.

I've been looking for cheap, legit keys for years and I've even been an avid Reddit user for about 4 years. I didn't know this existed. Thank you! REP+
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I would be EXTREMELY suspect of the above recommendation in getting the key.

To directly answer the question, the answer depends on what version of Windows you purchased originally. If you purchased a full "Retail" copy, and upgraded to 10, then you can format your outgoing system, and install (using your key) on the new system.

If you purchased an "OEM" copy of Windows 8.1 originally, then that license is bound to the system, and you will need to get a new copy for the new system.

You are welcome to be EXTREMELY suspect. Everyone needs to make their own purchasing decisions. Just do some homework before you imply I'm recommending illegal keys.
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Assuming you bought it retail, and maybe even if you didnt, you should be able to just download the Windows 10 ISO and use the Win 8.1 key to install. IN some cases where its tied to the HW, ive heard of people just calling MS and explaining they built a new machine and wont be using the old one or that they repaired the old computer with a new MB or something and it seems MS usually doesnt put up much of a fight about it. I would also be skeptical of getting your key on the net, especially considering you have a legit 8.1 key and thus are entitled to the Windows 10 upgrade free.
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Assuming you bought it retail, and maybe even if you didnt, you should be able to just download the Windows 10 ISO and use the Win 8.1 key to install. IN some cases where its tied to the HW, ive heard of people just calling MS and explaining they built a new machine and wont be using the old one or that they repaired the old computer with a new MB or something and it seems MS usually doesnt put up much of a fight about it. I would also be skeptical of getting your key on the net, especially considering you have a legit 8.1 key and thus are entitled to the Windows 10 upgrade free.

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You are welcome to be EXTREMELY suspect. Everyone needs to make their own purchasing decisions. Just do some homework before you imply I'm recommending illegal keys.

First, I didn't imply a damn thing.

Second, the reselling of keys is extremely controlled, especially by Microsoft. They distribute their keys in very clear and specific ways, to very specific vendors/groups. "Bulk" purchasing of keys is even more controlled.

What you are describing is that of Grey Market key selling, a person or group purchasing keys from a economically depressed region at a lower price, and selling them at a profit here. You also see the described behavior in individuals who buy multiple keys through a discount (Student, Teacher, Work), and then flip them for profit on the side.

I am more than comfortable saying that the Reddit keys are Grey Market, or otherwise were obtained in a way that wouldn't be approved my Microsoft. Having dealt with Bulk licensing purchases, from Microsoft even, I can tell you that you don't see the price point you are describing until you get into very large bulk orders, or other "special" programs.
    
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First, I didn't imply a damn thing.

Second, the reselling of keys is extremely controlled, especially by Microsoft. They distribute their keys in very clear and specific ways, to very specific vendors/groups. "Bulk" purchasing of keys is even more controlled.

What you are describing is that of Grey Market key selling, a person or group purchasing keys from a economically depressed region at a lower price, and selling them at a profit here. You also see the described behavior in individuals who buy multiple keys through a discount (Student, Teacher, Work), and then flip them for profit on the side.

I am more than comfortable saying that the Reddit keys are Grey Market, or otherwise were obtained in a way that wouldn't be approved my Microsoft. Having dealt with Bulk licensing purchases, from Microsoft even, I can tell you that you don't see the price point you are describing until you get into very large bulk orders, or other "special" programs.

You did imply that and if you say you didn't then you're a damn liar. There, now we both said an angry word.
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You did imply that and if you say you didn't then you're a damn liar. There, now we both said an angry word.

I have no anger in my posts, and my original statement was to be extremely cautious of Grey Market keys, which are against ToS, and do get deactivated. Your anecdotal experience with it doesn't matter. Further, knowingly recommending the use of Grey Market on OCN is against the ToS as well.

Frankly, knowingly recommending someone risk their money is a pretty terrible thing to do. Even if it potentially "saves" a few dollars.
    
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