Windows 8.1 Pro (can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro)  £16.07 @ play - Asia
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Windows 8.1 Pro (can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro) £16.07 @ play - Asia

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Found 28th Mar 2016
1) Buy a Windows 8.1 Pro Key at Play-Asia.
2) Download the Windows 10 install via USB drive from Microsoft website and install on USB drive.
3) Install Windows 10 Pro via USB drive using Windows 8.1 Pro Key to activate 10 Pro.

You can install Windows 10 Pro directly without having to upgrade from 8.1 Pro first.
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Cheap for OEM Windows, must be clearing the shelves, well the virtual shelves.
Or even better stay on 8.1
can you just forego the upgrade with the previous version license?
when i upgraded the keys were very different between 8 and 10.
They have Windows 7 Pro for £13.98, which would equally upgrade to Windows 10 wouldn't it?
dauphin

They have Windows 7 Pro for £13.98, which would equally upgrade to … They have Windows 7 Pro for £13.98, which would equally upgrade to Windows 10 wouldn't it?



That's a fab price.
dauphin

They have Windows 7 Pro for £13.98, which would equally upgrade to … They have Windows 7 Pro for £13.98, which would equally upgrade to Windows 10 wouldn't it?


Yep and i'd say thats a better deal
g2a etc have win 10 at circa 20 quid, saves all the messing about with immediate os upgrades etc. I'm my view that's better.
Is there a date on which the free upgrade to 10 ends?
shaunmorgan3994881

g2a etc have win 10 at circa 20 quid, saves all the messing about with … g2a etc have win 10 at circa 20 quid, saves all the messing about with immediate os upgrades etc. I'm my view that's better.



Link plz
JimBobJr

Yep and i'd say thats a better deal



Both upgrade to Windows 10 Home and not 10 pro?
Istanbul_Kop

Is there a date on which the free upgrade to 10 ends?


End July 2016
philipkole

Both upgrade to Windows 10 Home and not 10 pro?


Pro versions of 7 & 8 upgrade to 10 Pro
These cheap OEM licences are being sold in breach of the OEM licence as they are not meant for re-sale. Microsoft have been known to revoke the licence keys. You are then left to try and get your money back from the seller. You might still feel its worth a punt but just be aware its not 100% lagit
Windows 10 sux. 8.1 pro is great. Heat added
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shaunmorgan3994881

g2a etc have win 10 at circa 20 quid, saves all the messing about with … g2a etc have win 10 at circa 20 quid, saves all the messing about with immediate os upgrades etc. I'm my view that's better.


You can install Windows 10 Pro directly without having to install Windows 8.1 first.
lucyferror

Windows 10 sux. 8.1 pro is great. Heat added



So says the misinformed or just plain ignorant
Heads Up:
Anyone looking to install a fresh copy of Windows 7SP1, it no longer works 'out of the box' you need to manually download and install KB3102810 (An Update to Windows Update), otherwise it will endlessly check for updates.

There are two newer versions of this update, (Feb2016) KB3135445, and (March2016) KB3138612, but these seem to break image restores of Windows 7SP1, i.e. restores from Paragon HDM 2015 or Acronis. The restored image of Windows 7SP1 works, but Windows Update won't - it will endlessly search for updates/fail to find updates quickly. KB3102810 is still working at this time. Feedback on your experience would be useful on this.

If Windows Update is working properly, it should take 7 minutes maximum to find all 200+ updates after a fresh install of Windows 7SP1 on a SSD (From a clean Digital River or other Microsoft sourced ISO, in an activated or unactivated state, it doesn't matter)

It seems Microsoft don't won't you imaging up your system prior to installing Windows 10 and activating, then restoring Windows 7SP1 (i.e. to take advantage of the free Win10 offer, but carry on using Windows 7 for now). They want it to be a 'one way path'.

If you are thinking of upgrading to Windows 10, its actually better to do this from a fresh install, if you intend to carry on using your current Windows 7/8 installation or potentially go back to it. i.e. using your current install, to update to Windows10, the DNA of your current Win7 install seems to get recorded in the Microsoft Cloud Services, so if you then revert to it (outside of using MS Win10 tools, which reverts by deactivating Win10) by restoring a previous image manually, Windows Update is confused, as the version of Windows 7SP1 'shouldn't exist'.

Restoring Disk Images
If you do get a problem after restoring a disk image (Paragon, Acronis etc) of Windows 7SP1 and it starts endlessly checking for updates again, uninstall KB3102810 (assuming the backup had it installed) and then reinstall it. (but only if you get this, you shouldn't)

Just to add:
The above is only important if you intend to use the 'Reserve your copy' of Windows 10, so need to fully update Windows 7SP1 to 'current' or want to manually install KB Patches to date to avoid the Windows 10 Nagware and Telemetry patches, so you can just run Windows 7SP1, going forward, and not upgrade to Windows 10 (or be nagged about it)

If you intend to go directly to Windows 10, just download the latest build 1511 ISO, do a clean install of Windows 10 over the top of a clean install of Windows 7SP1 without even running Win7's Windows Update. This way you can avoid Win7's Windows Update all together and avoid the above problem.

The minimum requirement for installing Windows 10 from downloaded ISO/USB install is a fresh install of Win7SP1.

Make sure you like this post if it was helpful/saved you time. Thanks.

Edited by: "tightar5e" 29th Mar 2016
Waterboy8535

So says the misinformed or just plain ignorant


Misinformed? Care to elaborate?
You obviously don't have much of IT knowledge and are not well informed with VR stuff as well.
Googleblow

I would rather pay £16 to downgrade to Windows 7, away from voluntary … I would rather pay £16 to downgrade to Windows 7, away from voluntary complete surveillance scam. Screw Microsoft and Google.


Can you also elaborate that surveillance scam?
Edited by: "lucyferror" 28th Mar 2016
Waterboy8535

So says the misinformed or just plain ignorant



If you have a tablet, or touch screen 8.1 was better.

8.1 was also more stable, and it took less clicks to get some things done. Connecting to a VPN in 10 opens excess windows.

Pulling OneDrive placeholders was annoying.

10 has the potential to be decent, but its needs more time.
Edited by: "kingchris" 28th Mar 2016
fo_sho_yo

You can install Windows 10 Pro directly without having to install Windows … You can install Windows 10 Pro directly without having to install Windows 8.1 first.


You'll need to upgrade the software as the licence will be tied to the hardware.
I'm getting the impression that the upgrade to Windows 10 will be to Windows 10 Home and not Pro (according to the Play Asia website) although a couple of other websites say that you get Windows 10 Pro and not Home.

Can anyone confirm this?
Googleblow

I would rather pay £16 to downgrade to Windows 7, away from voluntary … I would rather pay £16 to downgrade to Windows 7, away from voluntary complete surveillance scam. Screw Microsoft and Google.


There's an app for that. In fact, there are several
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LOGiCALX

You'll need to upgrade the software as the licence will be tied to the … You'll need to upgrade the software as the licence will be tied to the hardware.


I have personally installed and activated Windows 10 Pro directly without having to install Windows 8.1 Pro and upgrade. It's not even a discussion of whether it is possible as I've done it and hence I thought I would share it with others on here.
fo_sho_yo

You can install Windows 10 Pro directly without having to install Windows … You can install Windows 10 Pro directly without having to install Windows 8.1 first.



​Er no you cannot. My understanding was the key must be activated on 8.1 and then converted to 10 via the upgrade wizard as this then creates the hardware hash on me servers to bond the 10 key.
you can upgrade your fake copy of w7(or get 1 for free ) for a genuine w10 for free
theroninhunter

​Er no you cannot. My understanding was the key must be activated on 8.1 a … ​Er no you cannot. My understanding was the key must be activated on 8.1 and then converted to 10 via the upgrade wizard as this then creates the hardware hash on me servers to bond the 10 key.


Er, yes you can, as I've also done it
lucyferror

Misinformed? Care to elaborate? :DYou obviously don't have much of IT … Misinformed? Care to elaborate? :DYou obviously don't have much of IT knowledge and are not well informed with VR stuff as well.



I hate these "I know better than you posts". Just saying.
Waterboy8535

Er, yes you can, as I've also done it



Haha, love it when people type the sound they'd make when giving a sarcastic response... errr...
These threads always bring out the best from geeky-know-it-alls.

anthony69

I hate these "I know better than you posts". Just saying.


Oh so no arguments or facts then. Just saying
Harvest Sunday for Microsoft... all is safely gathered in...
Umm if you want Win 10 why not buy the cheaper Win 7 Pro from there lol Same difference
theroninhunter

​Er no you cannot. My understanding was the key must be activated on 8.1 a … ​Er no you cannot. My understanding was the key must be activated on 8.1 and then converted to 10 via the upgrade wizard as this then creates the hardware hash on me servers to bond the 10 key.



​you can use an authentic windows 7/8 key to activate windows 10 after a clean install. You don't have to go down the upgrade route. You only have the option to use previous OS activation keys to activate windows 10 until June this year though.
lucyferror

Windows 10 sux. 8.1 pro is great. Heat added



I remember when they said exactly the same about 8.1

And about 7.

And Vista.

Get a grip.
Googleblow

I would rather pay £16 to downgrade to Windows 7, away from voluntary … I would rather pay £16 to downgrade to Windows 7, away from voluntary complete surveillance scam. Screw Microsoft and Google.



Got something to hide?
theroninhunter

​Er no you cannot. My understanding was the key must be activated on 8.1 a … ​Er no you cannot. My understanding was the key must be activated on 8.1 and then converted to 10 via the upgrade wizard as this then creates the hardware hash on me servers to bond the 10 key.




This is no longer the case from October Windows 10 update. The new ISO files downloaded with the Media creation tool allows you to do a clean Windows 10 install with an existing previous Windows 7/8.x key. It'll automatically get a digital entitlement license as part of the install.

stevenfeeney

I remember when they said exactly the same about 8.1And about 7.And … I remember when they said exactly the same about 8.1And about 7.And Vista.Get a grip.


Vista was ****. 7 was also a **** especially with sound drivers issues and codec issues (mainly on laptops). No problems whatsever with 8.1 since it was released.
theroninhunter

​Er no you cannot. My understanding was the key must be activated on 8.1 a … ​Er no you cannot. My understanding was the key must be activated on 8.1 and then converted to 10 via the upgrade wizard as this then creates the hardware hash on me servers to bond the 10 key.

Again, yes you can.
howtogeek.com/224…10/
lucyferror

Vista was ****. 7 was also a **** especially with sound drivers issues … Vista was ****. 7 was also a **** especially with sound drivers issues and codec issues (mainly on laptops). No problems whatsever with 8.1 since it was released.

IGNORE
Regardless of your preferences regarding windows (i like all of them) be careful with these keys. They might work now but there is a chance that they'll not work in the future or not allow the upgrade.

If it seems to good to be true...
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