Does a Windows 8.1 backup retain the product key?
Posted on 2014-09-12
My client bought a Windows 8.1 (home) PC and is asking me to wipe it and install Windows 7 Pro on it (he has the product key for 7 Pro).
So that they have the option to reinstall Windows 8 at a later date, I wanted to back up the system before installing Win 7 Pro. I ran: recimg /createimage C:\Custom_Image_Refresh and copied the 13GB result to a 32 GB memory stick.
Can I use this image on the same or another PC in the future to accomplish a full install of Windows 8? (This Windows 8 PC is brand new, no user info at all). This is a retail Acer desktop from a Best Buy or Futureshop store, no product key on the side.