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Windows 8.1 Pro License Key

I have the product key to upgrade windows 8.1 to windows 8.1 Pro.

After a hard drive crash, can I install windows 8.1 Pro using the same license? Or shall I install windows 8.1 and use the key to upgrade it to windows 8.1 Pro?
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Michael Best

8/22/2022 - Mon
Dan Craciun

AFAIK, you can clean install Win 8.1 Pro and use the key you have.

Don't know if you're not legally required to install Win 8.1 first, but technically you don't have to.

HTH,
Dan
Michael Best

If your PC is running Windows 8.1, you can get Windows 8.1 Pro Pack and enjoy all the features of Windows 8.1 Pro as well as Windows Media Center for $99.99 USD

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/feature-packs
Dan Craciun

@Michael: the OP already bought a Win 8.1 Pro key...
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Michael Best

Install windows 8.1 and use the key to upgrade it to windows 8.1 Pro.
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Ehab Tarabay

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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

didn't try any of the answers, and non was satisfactory
Dan Craciun

If the OP did not try any of the answers, how does he/she knows that the answers are not working??
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Ehab Tarabay

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checking these two contradictory comments:

Michael-Best"The key is only for upgrade so you must first repair the install or reinstall windows 8.1 then you can use the  update key to go to windows 8.1 Pro."

Dan Craciun:
"AFAIK, you can clean install Win 8.1 Pro and use the key you have."

Michael-Best"The key is only for upgrade so you must first repair the install or reinstall windows 8.1 then you can use the  update key to go to windows 8.1 Pro."

Dan Craciun:
"AFAIK, you can clean install Win 8.1 Pro and use the key you have."

this is why i requested the deletion of the question, cause i cloned the old drive to the new one, so i ended up not testing any of the above to accredit a correct answer to them.
Dan Craciun

Both answers are correct:
- legally, you should install Windows 8.1, then upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro
- technically, you can install directly Windows 8.1 Pro.
Ehab Tarabay

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Actually no,
legally and technically it does not work, I needed to install windows 8.1, and then use that code to upgrade it to PRO.
that code doesn't work on a clean win 8.1 pro installation.
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