Microsoft's free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ended more than six years ago, but no one told the people who run the Windows activation servers. As a result, you can still upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 and claim a free digital license for the latest Windows 10 version, without being forced to jump through any hoops.
I wrote and published the first version of this post in early 2017, shortly after Microsoft's initial free upgrade offer ended. When I downloaded the Windows 10 upgrade tool and ran it on an old Windows 7 PC, I fully expected that the upgrade would fail activation and I'd be asked for a product key.
The digital license is associated with that specific device, which means you can reformat the disk and perform a clean installation of the same edition of Windows 10 anytime. (If you're thinking of upgrading your old system drive to an SSD, perform the upgrade to Windows 10 on the old hardware; after confirming that the new Windows 10 version is properly activated, install the SSD and then either restore from a backup image or boot from the USB flash drive to do a clean install. You won't need a product key, and activation is automatic.)
Of course, I'm not a lawyer, and this column isn't legal advice. But I will say that I am personally confident in the activation status of any PC upgraded using the tool on that page during the eligibility period.
The big question now is whether Microsoft will ever turn off the code on its activation servers that dispenses digital licenses after an upgrade from an earlier Windows version. I've continued to test that scenario, and I can confirm, long after the end of support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, that it still works.
I have updated the list of windows 8.1 keys and add many new keys try again sir i hope u will be getting one because 1 Key works on only one system. also tell me which windows 8.1 version u are using?
bro one key work for 2 or 3 laptops so i personally buys keys for you and update the post every week so u saying no keys working these already linked with someone computer or laptops so cmd methood working bro i personally using so u are missing somestep so i will send u new windows 8.1 key to your email.
It worked, thank you so much, I was able to activate it using Method 2 : Active Windows 8.1 WIth KMS Client Key. Now all I need is to upgrade my windows properly to Windows 10 or 11, I wish there is a free upgrade, if you knew one can you email me at [email protected].
I have tried all the keys but i am unable to activate the windows. i am using windows 8.1 32 bit core edition. so please send me this via mail as soon as possible. can i get a product key for 8.1 pro build 9600?
Sorry about the question how Can I now de version in my PC options , just saywindows 8.1 pro, no more details, I tried the configurations up, but doesnt work ?do you have a new serial please?
However, if you install Windows from an external third party, you will need to provide a product key after the free trial period ends. At this point, you can buy a genuine Windows 8.1 product key online, take advantage of this guide for genuine product keys, or download the activation key.
NOTE: Both Windows 8.1 versions for desktop and mobile phone use the same activation key. That means you can use the same activation key you used to activate your smartphone Windows to activate your desktop Windows.
At the 2014 Build conference, during April, Microsoft's Terry Myerson unveiled further user interface changes for Windows 8.1, including the ability to run Metro-style apps inside desktop windows, and a revised Start menu, which creates a compromise between the Start menu design used by Windows 7 and the Start screen, by combining the application listing in the first column with a second that can be used to display app tiles, whereas Windows 8.0 used a screen hotspot ("hot corner"). Myerson stated that these changes would occur in a future update, but did not elaborate further. A distinction is the removal of the tooltip with the preview thumbnail of the Start screen.
As it is a latest and premium version of windows 8.1 thus so as to avail the total and premium options of windows eight you would like a product key thus you will alter the total version of window eight operating for you.
If your computer is shipped with Windows 8.1 preinstalled, it might be the trial version, which means, your license will expire after some days, basically 90 or 180 days. In this case, you can contact the PC manufacturer and ask for an valid activation key.
If you accidently lost your activation key, or installed under the help of the third-party activation software and delete it later, you may receive the message that your Windows license will expire soon with 8.1 Pro or Enterprises too.
When you talk to the person from Microsoft activations just explain that you are downgrading your Windows 8.1 Pro version to Windows 7 pro and then you read out the nine sets of six numbers and they will tell you the confirmation numbers then your Windows 7 Pro install is activated.
Actually I never had Win8 installed on that machine - the laptop came with Win 10 Home pre-installed, and I upgraded it to Win 11 Home without issues. My plan was to change the product activation key from Settings and enter the Win 8 Pro key I bought back in 2013.For what's worth I found a similar question answered in this thread: -us/windows/forum/all/upgrade-windows-10-home-to-pro-using-windows-8... , to the effect that the upgrade from Win 10 Home to Win 10 Pro is possible in Win10 by first supplying the generic Win10 Pro key to switch from Home to Pro, and then a valid Win8 Pro key to activate the Pro license. Not sure if this is also the case with Win11 though, so the question is: what is Windows rejects the Win 8 Pro key, will I be able to enter the old Home key (or do a System Restore), or will I mess up my system?
@andreba57 I dont know what else you try, but if you still have the key , please try to update with the generic key to windows 11 pro, and for it to work you have to be offline, that means before pressing the upgrade button, disconnect from the internet ;)
The free upgrade from windows 7, Windows 8 to Windows 10 is not available now , but you can still give it a shot, you can try to perform a clean install windows 8 Pro via -us/software-download/windows8ISO 2b1af7f3a8