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Win8.1 to Win10 and Win8.1 BIOS Product Keys on SP2?

Q: Win8.1 to Win10 and Win8.1 BIOS Product Keys on SP2?

Hey all,

I have been going crazy trying to find the nitty-gritty details of what goes on under the hood with the upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 on a Surface Pro 2 I am considering upgrading.

I am aware the many Windows 8.1 devices have OEM Product Keys embedded in the BIOS. I am trying to find information on how Windows 10, if installed from a .ISO bootable media, interacts with this key, and how Digital Entitlement plays into all of this. It's currently hard for me to make sense of a lot of this. Can anyone help clarify how all these elements play with one-another?

Another question regarding this process I have currently: If I use a NEW Windows 10 product key during installation, would the new key replace the previous (8.1 OEM) one in the BIOS?

The more I find out about all this, the more mystery there seems to be to it. I am just trying to find the cleanest way to install Windows 10 on a Surface Pro 2, and this BIOS OEM key and Digital Entitlement vs. Product Key thing is really confusing me. Sorry if this isn't the best place to ask, I'm just pretty lost right now and could really use advice from someone who's really knowledgeable about this stuff, currently.

Thanks all .

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Preferred Solution: Win8.1 to Win10 and Win8.1 BIOS Product Keys on SP2?

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A: Win8.1 to Win10 and Win8.1 BIOS Product Keys on SP2?

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Hello everybody!

I received a laptop awhile back that came pre-installed with Windows 8 which I did not enjoy, so I decided to downgrade to Windows 7. Which has been going fine and everything is good, but 2~3 weeks ago I had some questions involving my computers performance that I also requested advice about via this forum and was told that my process is pretty bottom shelf and that Win8 was better for this. Plus, the newest update just released so I am curious as to how they improved on it and if I will like it now. I have been reading and am just a little nervous because I don't want to ruin my only computer that I need for school. Being that Win8 has the UEFI funky new BIOS thing, I recall having to change certain items involving booting when I went back to Win7. So, I am wondering if the BIOS is still the same as when I had Win8 (other than those values that I could change back) or did it completely refigure it? I am not extremely well versed with these sorts of things and have just begun really 'tinkering' a few months ago. So, do I need to update the BIOS for Win8 or is it fine? I am currently backing everything up right now and just want to take the proper steps to ensure a smooth installation. Lastly, I read that the product key for Win8 was now stored on the BIOS and there were programs to retrieve it, but I'm assuming that is when you are running Win8. Is that key lost and do I need to purchase another one? Or would it still be on the BIOS? Any advice is greatly ap... Read more

A:Win8 to Win7 back to Win8 (HELP! w BIOS, product key on BIOS etc.)

Hi Jeremy-

What I would do is shrink C in Disk Mgmt to install Win8 in a Dual Boot to try the new update to see if its anything compelling. This is how I tried Win8 repeatedly until I finally deleted it for the last time realizing it doesn't hold a candle to Win7.

The steps are here for Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista - Windows 8 Forums.

If you changed to Legacy Mode to install Win7, then you can install Win8 in Legacy Mode too. You don't need to use Secure Boot or UEFI which is crapware that adds no extra value but plenty of complications.

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I Had Win8.1, tried Win10, had huge problems (Win10 problems and Saitek Drivers non-existent for Win10), went back to Win8.1, Now want to go back 2 Win10 , now that Saitek has newer Win10 drivers for peripherals. (Saitek, was all screwed up refused to make Win10 drivers for a very long time.

Will Win10 install over my Win 8.1 and keep my applications, or will I have to re-load al my applications and programs?

Thanx

I have DCS, IL-2 and also, Steam with Flight Simulators. Also Flight Sticks, etc. Drivers, Software, etc.
All in the Win8.1 install.

A:Had Win8.1, tried Win10, huge problems, back Win8.1, bak 2 Win10

If you use the Media Creation tool to do an upgrade, and as long as you chose "Upgrade this PC now" , you should be fine. The only problems you may encounter are incompatible drivers. You can also create a bootable media, but upgrading it directly is better IMO.

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I am trying to gather some basic info about usage of Win8/UEFI and Win8/BIOS. So please participate in this noncontroversial survey. Note that you will not have a place to respond if you are not using Win8.

After responding, I?d also be interested in hearing about problems you have had using Windows 8/UEFI that appear to be associated with using UEFI (i.e., they most likely would not have occurred, in your opinion, under BIOS). Ultimately, I am wondering if you think Windows 8/UEFI is an idea whose time has come.

A:Information on Usage of Win8/UEFI and Win8/BIOS

Voted . . .desktop; hope that helps.

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Hello,

The basics (FW/BIOS and HW make) for this post are contained in:
http://www.techsupportforum.com/foru...p-1080977.html

I made dual-boot HP PROBook 450 G3 using ONLY UEFI settings in 64 UEFI BIOS (legacy OSes excluded). I installed two of them: WIN10 64 PRO and WIN8.1 64 PRO.

While passing through BIOS it nicely ends within WIN bootloader showing me two entries: WIN10 and WIN8.1.

While using the same entry from before, it nicely ends up in OS. But while switching from one to another OS, it ALWAYS passes via one more BIOS warm restart/reboot.

The question here: why it does that?

Thank you,
_nobody_

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I have updated my Pavilion from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 (BIG mistake!!).Now I would to revert back to Windows 8. I have a set of recovery disks fromHP that I think can be used to accomplish this? But I want your input.What I want is a complete fresh install of Windows 8 with no remnants ofWindows left on my hard drive.Can this be done, and how do I do it? HP has never let me down in the pastfifteen or so years, so please don't start now. 8-)

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Bought as Windows 8 PC, 12/11/16 attempted to do Windows 10 update. Laptop now frozen on HP screen. Need help

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The topic title should already make it clear what I want to ask, but I will ask none the less.

Today I used Internet Explorer and immediately I got a pop-up that advised me to download the file GetWindows10-MSN.exe so that I could upgrade to Windows 10. Now because I have the Homepage of IE set to the official Microsoft website ( Address below. ) I thought it to be save to download that file, and it was. ( 360 TSE - MBAM and Virustotal gave no warning what so ever. )

My IE Homepage: Microsoft ? Official Home Page

Now of course I have not installed it because I know very little about Windows 10 at the moment. So one of my questions is ... is it worth upgrading from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. ( Yeah I know it looks like a obvious choice does it, but still. )

An other question is ... if I decide to upgrade to Windows 10 will I keep everything I have on my Desktop, or would I loose everything on both my SSD ( On which I have Windows 8.1. ) and my HDD. Yeah I know DVD are cheap, but if I where to loose everything then I will first need to buy a big pack next week.
 

A:Is it worth upgrading to Win10 from Win8.1?

You have about 30 days to switch back if you don't like it, which is a good thing.

Firstly - You may lose your data due to unforeseen errors. It's a rare occurrence, but you don't want to be a statistic.

Secondly - In a lighter vein, Windows 10 is the biggest Junkware in the world. Be careful when you try to remove Potentially Unwanted Programs, Windows 10 doesn't get removed.

Thirdly - Are you aware that Microsoft wants Windows 10 to aggressively collect as much data about you as possible? This is no different from what Google and others do, obviously, but the exploits and their data collection policies are alarming. If you're privacy conscious, you may want to tweak a few settings during the installation. If you're paranoid about a company's data collection policies - Use a Guide to reduce privacy risk.

It also depends on what kind of computer you have, really. Is it a touchscreen? Are most of your important software Windows 10 compatible?

Everyone on here can give you great advice - better than mine, frankly. They'll list all the pros and cons more accurately, but it really depends on how you feel about using it. Are you comfortable with it? Do you like the smoothness and the interface and the settings? You have to decide it yourself within a month. Nobody can decide better than you yourself, no matter what we say, really.

Like it or hate it, Windows 10 is a good product despite its many exploits, bugs, data policies and flaws.... Read more

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I have been trying every fix possible or either the fixes I find are not compatible w/ my system. My burner is a Toshiba CDDVDW TS-L633N,

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Hi.
We have some computers with Windows 8 installed in a public library for the public to use. They are locked down tight with local GPO and is not in a domain since they need only Internet access. We have now switched to Windows 10 as OS on new computers and I was wondering if I could some how just copy the local GPO from the old Windows 8 computer so I did not have to run through all options and set the them again in order to lock the new computers down as tight due to security. Has anyone any idea if this is possible?

A:Copy local GPO from Win8 OS to Win10 OS

Any ideas, people?

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I have been trying every fix possible or either the fixes I find are not compatible w/ my system. My burner is a Toshiba CDDVDW TS-L633N,

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I got me a laptop which has Windows10 on it. For personal reasons, and I do not want to start an argument as to why I would want to "downgrade". Can I activate Windows 8.1 with my Windows10 license?

A:Can I use win10 license to activate win8.1?

Short answer - No

Basically every licence is tied to a particular OS and type, Also OEM licences which are the type supplied with new hardware also have additional limitations. You would also have to source drivers for 8.1, which may or may not be available. There have sometimes been included downgrade licences available on previous OS versions( mostly to business, but sometimes to home users), these are not, as far I I know, being offered at all with Windows 10

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I have an Acer Aspire S3-391-6046 and am wondering if it is eligible for a free Windows 10 upgrade?  (i.e. Was the stock Windows 8.1 installed with the PC actually Win 8.1 RT? How do I find out? Thanks, Jim











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A:Aspire S3-391-604 with Win8 eligible for Win10?

jlandwehr61,
 
The system in question is not on Acer's eligible model list, but that doesn't mean that it cannot be upgraded. What that means is Acer will not be providing driver support for the upgrade to Windows 10. In fact I upgraded one of our S3-391 notebooks here for Windows 10 use and it is working just fine. 

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Can I upgrade my g7-2233cl from Win8 to Win10?

A:Can I upgrade by g7-2233cl from Win8 to Win10?

Hi, Please check the following articles     http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/computer-compatible-windows-10-can-upgrade/    http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/feature/windows/windows-10-upgrade-still-free-why-upgrade-windows-10-is-w... There is no drivers supported from HP     http://support.hp.com/us-en/product/HP-Pavilion-g7-Notebook-PC-series/5296086/model/5328135/drivers But this frorum would help you to find missing drivers. Regards.

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I have an Acer Aspire S3-391-6046 and am wondering if it is eligible for a free Windows 10 upgrade?  (i.e. Was the stock Windows 8.1 installed with the PC actually Win 8.1 RT? How do I find out? Thanks, Jim










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A:Aspire S3-391-604 with Win8 eligible for Win10?

jlandwehr61,
 
The system in question is not on Acer's eligible model list, but that doesn't mean that it cannot be upgraded. What that means is Acer will not be providing driver support for the upgrade to Windows 10. In fact I upgraded one of our S3-391 notebooks here for Windows 10 use and it is working just fine. 

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I currently have Win7 & Win8 preview in separate partitions on the same machine. I am trying to figure out the best way to install win8 pro on my system and keep my current dual boot setup with Win 7 intact and stay legal.

So....I have a 3 licence family pack of windows 7 of which I have used only 1 licence. Is there some way I can use one of the remaining win7 licences to upgrade win8pro over top of the Win8 preview and keep my current dual boot win7/win8 setup(legally) and without messing up my current Win7 installation (or Win 8 preview installation for that matter)? Is there any advantage in getting the OEM version instead?

A:Question- upgrading win7HP/win8 preview dual boot to win7/win8 pro

If I understand it correctly; Anyone dual booting a legit version of Window Vista, XP or Win7 and Win8 RP can use the upgrade version of Win8 to do a clean install over the Win8 RP version.

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Hi im trying to find my win8 product key that i have purchased. I Can't find my email with the info. I have recently rebuilt my pc with a new hard drive and motherboard do to water damage. I did not back up my files or pc so i'm starting from scratch.
The pc is built and I have downloaded the win8 iso install to reinstall, so that's all done  just need my purchased product key. Thank you for your feedback

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I just purchased an HP Pavilion 20 All-In-One desktop computer that unfortunately had Windows 8 on it - I needed a computer immediately and no one in town had an all in one with 7 pro. I purchased Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit OEM software (from reputable store; computer is 64bit) and thought it would be an easy install - insert disk, follow directions. It acts as if it's installing windows 7, but when it gets to the screen which shows the language, time and - forgot the last drop down choice, I don't have use of the mouse or keyboard. I can't tab, use arrow keys, or anything. I have spent hours searching online before bothering anyone for free advice, but now I'm looking for free advice. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Also, do I post this in Windows 7 Pro or 8 ?

Let me add that this All In One does not have the touch screen monitor.
 

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Hopefully my explanation of this problem is not too confusing, this my first post.

My system is a multi-boot for Win7, Win8.1 & XP. I boot into Win7 most of the time. The multi-boot is controlled via EasyBCD in Win7. My data drive is a separate disk - F. I have been running this configuration for over a year without any major problems.

The system is an older Dell-XPS Core2 Quad CPU Q9450 A 2.66GHz with 8Gb memory
System drive - 1Tb with four partitions
Data drive - 1 Tb one partition

Recently I booted into Win8.1 after a few weeks of using only Win7. The data drive F: was not available. It does not show up in Disk Management and under Device Manager it shows as not connected to the system when the Unavailable Devices are displayed.

Booting back to Win7, the data drive is available, no problems with it. There are not any errors in the event/system logs in Win8.1 or Win7 related to the data drive F.

One possible cause might be that the motherboard battery was replaced about a week ago. I had to go in the BIOS and make changes for problems encountered when Win7 was booted. Unfortunately, I didn't boot Win8.1 to see if it had any problems. I've looked at the BIOS, but don't see anything that might cause this problem.

The config for the EasyBCD is below for boot into Win7
There are a total of 4 entries listed in the bootloader.

Default: Microsoft Windows 7
Timeout: 30 seconds
Boot Drive: C:\

Entry #1
Name: Windows 8.1
BCD ID: {3081a5c6-c566-11e3-808b-85773c60a873... Read more

A:Multi Boot-Win7 & Win8.1 - Data Drive not seen in Win8.1

First off, why so many entries in BCD ?

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Can someone please help me.
I installed Windows 8. Then created a new partition and installed Ubuntu on it.
But now if I want to select Windows 8 in Grub, it waits a couple of seconds and then restarts Grub.
Image: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B0B...lFrTnZORlE3T0U
Has anyone an idea how to get Win8(Consumer Preview) working again?

Thanks for every answer

A:Installed Ubuntu,Win8. Now if I select Win8 in Grub it won't start.

Have you tried the Ubuntu forums? I see this thread, perhaps it will help.

[ubuntu] Dual booting 11.10 and Windows 8 - Ubuntu Forums

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Does anyone know how to get rEFInd to recognise Windows 10?
Currently it just ignores Windows 10 and boots in Windows. Halfway into the Windows booting, an MS screen (blue) appears asking me to choose between two different Windows 8.1 installations. One of them is in fact the Windows 10. I want to choose from the rEFInd menu at bootup.
Any idea how to achieve this?

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Hi everyone, while there seems to be lots of discussion around Win10 and its phoning-home abilities (Windows 10 - Shut down Windows 10 telemetry with Win10 Spy Disabler), I've found less info on solidly preventing Win8.1 (and Win7) from downloading Win10 updates in the first place.

I've just spent a bit of time tightening my system to prevent Win10, here are the steps I've taken:

1. remove individual Windows Updates responsible for downloading Win10.
2. delete the hidden folder where Win10 gets stored: C:\$WINDOWS.~BT
3. re-configuring Windows Updates.
4. checking your system with GWX Control Panel.

Here are the steps in detail:
1. I started with the How-To Geek article How to Stop Windows 7 or 8 from Downloading Windows 10 Automatically (which links to the software GWX Control Panel) and AddictiveTips article What Is The $WINDOWS.~BT Folder On My Hard Drive?. Win8 users need to locate and uninstall KB3035583 and KB2976978. Win7 users need to uninstall KB3035583 and KB2952664. Uninstall both updates and reboot.
2. Search for the folder $WINDOWS.~BT located on your C drive and delete this hidden folder.
3. Open Windows Updates > Change Settings, and make sure 'Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them' is selected. With this option selected you can monitor your future updates to prevent the updates KB3035583, KB2976978, KB2952664 getting reinstalled (see 1st screenshot).
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A:Prevent Win8.1 Win7 updating to Win10

@Chigwells

Here is alternative method for W8.1 only.

1. Clean install OS using Media Creation Tool
2. Select "Do NOT download\install Windows updates" option
3. When setting up newly installed Windows, disable "Automatic Windows Updates"
4. When perform very first Windows Updates, hide (right-click on KB) the following updates (NOTE: some KBs shown below are not related to W10 upgrade - search online for KB # to get infos & make list)

NOTE: In configuring Windows Updates you should choose "Download, but let me decide which to install..."


 

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Hi

I am new here.

I need to update my laptop and my desktop, both of which are running Windows 8.1 Pro x64. On both computers there is quite a lot of software installed and Window 8.1 is quite old and running rather slowly...

A) I should do a clean install ? If so exactly how do I do this?

OR

B) I should I just follow the instructions on the screen about how to upgrade to Window 10?
And if I do this, after I run the upgrade, will I need to find and re-install all licenses for all my software?
And will I lose all my settings if I do this?

I have already taken a copy of my documents and email files onto an external hard disk. But:
- Should I take a copy of all my documents onto a DVD-R for archive too?
- Should I try to take a copy of the whole disk using a freebie such as Macrium Reflect, in case it all goes wrong?

Anything else I need to know?

J

A:Newbie needs advice moving Win8.1 ==> Win10

Originally Posted by ship69


Hi

I am new here.

I need to update my laptop and my desktop, both of which are running Windows 8.1 Pro x64. On both computers there is quite a lot of software installed and Window 8.1 is quite old and running rather slowly...

A) I should do a clean install ? If so exactly how do I do this?

OR

B) I should I just follow the instructions on the screen about how to upgrade to Window 10?
And if I do this, after I run the upgrade, will I need to find and re-install all licenses for all my software?
And will I lose all my settings if I do this?

I have already taken a copy of my documents and email files onto an external hard disk. But:
- Should I take a copy of all my documents onto a DVD-R for archive too?
- Should I try to take a copy of the whole disk using a freebie such as Macrium Reflect, in case it all goes wrong?

Anything else I need to know?

J



A) The method for doing a clean install is given in the tutorials here: http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/

B) If you do an upgrade install, your software should continue to work. There is a chance that some of it won't work properly unless it is re-installed, but that is fairly rare. Most settings should be carried over, but a few may not be.

Saving documents: always a good idea.

Imaging the Windows installation before doing an OS upgrade: always a good idea.

I haven't been following the discussion about when the free upgrade expires, but you're perilously clos... Read more

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A year ago I bought a Lenovo Yoga 2 that came with Windows 8.

Unfortunately, I upgraded to Windows 10 several months ago. It has been such a nightmare I want Windows 8 back.

Can I just buy a new copy of Windows 8.1 and clean install it on my laptop? Someone told me once its been upgraded to Windows 10 that I can't do that, but that just doesn't seem right.

I'm not very savvy when it comes to doing a reinstall. I'm not sure what to buy and I want to make sure trying this won't brick my computer. OEM, Full, etc seems like there is so many things to consider when trying to buy just a regular old version of Windows 8.1

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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A year ago I bought a Lenovo Yoga 2 that came with Windows 8.

Unfortunately, I upgraded to Windows 10 several months ago. It has been such a nightmare I want Windows 8 back.
Can I just buy a new copy of Windows 8.1 and clean install it on my laptop? Someone told me once its been upgraded to Windows 10 that I can't do that, but that just doesn't seem right.

I'm not very savvy when it comes to doing a reinstall. I'm not sure what to buy and I want to make sure trying this won't brick my computer. OEM, Full, etc seems like there is so many things to consider when trying to buy just a regular old version of Windows 8.1.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

A:Can I do a clean install of Win8.1 after upgrading to Win10?

Check whether you have a recovery partition. You could reset to 8.1 from there without any problems with the key, etc. You have a legal 8.1 system. No need to buy an 8.1 key.

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We've applied our corporate image to many Surface Pro 3's without issue.  All of those came with 8.1 out of box.  However, we just received our first new Surface Pro 3 that came with Windows 10 installed. 

After applying our Windows 8.1 image using MDT (the exact same way as we image all our machines, including surfaces), the TPM is locked out and bitlocker protectors aren't added. 

When I try to "Prepare the TPM" manually in TPM.MSC console, I get the message "The TPM on this computer is currently locked out", and I never get the option to Clear, Reset, etc as those remain greyed out.  I've tried leaving the
machine on for over 1 full day and the "timeout" has not expired. 

I don't even know how it's possible that the TPM is locked out.  This was new, freshly unboxed.  Did Win10 do something different with the TPM that Win8.1 doesn't like?  Will we need to do something with our Surface hardware that comes with
Win10 to prepare it before we simply re-image it with our Win8.1 image?
Thanks.

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My Y500 will not run many games in Window 10. A few have worked but most will not run. Tried installing with Admin privileges, setting compatibility as suggested but only steam games and Crysis will run. Odd because my desktop comuter running Win 10 seems to run them fine. Most of my games are FPS and are older, COD series and the like. COD2 MW runs in steam but now steam has trouble starting. UT3 works but thats a steam game. 

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I have an Acer Aspire 5755-9674, which came with Win7.  I got the "Upgrade to Win 10" pop-ups like everyone else, and proceeded.  After the upgrade process, I did a clean install of Win 10.  All is mostly good.I get a random FREEZE once per week or so - there is no pattern. Researching the issue, the first advice is to ensure drivers are all current.  This leads to my question: When running Windows 10 on a laptop which only has driver support for Win 8.1, is it better to use the Acer Win 8.1 drivers, or the Microsoft Win 10 drivers that were installed during the upgrade? For example, my current SATA AHCI Controller driver is a Microsoft driver from 2006!  The Acer driver for Win 8.1 is 2012.  I am concerned that installing a Win 8.1 driver on Win 10 will disable my laptop! Advice or other experiences appreciated.Mike

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Hello

I have a asus vivotab8 that had windows 8.1 on it. I used these reg edits from this post

Power Options - Add or Remove "Min/Max processor state"

to create the minimum and maximum processor state entries on my windows 8.1 tablet power management entries (which didn't have them).

Now that I have updated to windows 10, those power management options have disappeared again. i dont know why they were missing in the intial windows 8.1 and now in the windows 10 upgrade version also. But the registry edits really helped a lot. As my tablet suffers from severe lag otherwise, unless I set minimum cpu to 40%.

I was wondering is it safe for me to use those windows 8 registry edits on the windows 10 operating system to bring them back? As desperately need to set a higher minimum cpu use.

regards

A:Min Processor State in Win10 Missing - can i use win8 fix?

This is the Windows 8 forums. You would do better asking your question in our sister site -- the Windows 10 forums: Windows 10 Forums

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News broke today, 1/12/16, that Microsoft stopped its support for Windows 8, as well as IE. All of this in favor for Windows 10, which has been on the news alot, and even popping up in my computer, like all of you have experiencing.

So if support for Win8 has stopped, two questions I have to ask:

1) Is Windows 10, both getting it and having it, bad?

2) If you want to stick with Windows 8, what can you not do anymore, and what can you do if something happens and you need them?

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I bought 3 win8 keys from MS way back in 2012. Two of them are unused. I can not find the actual keys. They were on a piece of paper I can't find. I do have the "Registration Confirmations" acknowledging the keys will be sent. And I did get them.

Does anyone know if there is anyway I can get those keys?

I have tried googling for a key but everything it shows seems to be a crack of some sort.

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Hello,
I have just bought new Dell XPS from reseller, but I cannot find Windows Product Key in UEFI.
How can I check if the WIndows Product Key was injected to UEFI or no?

A:Win8 Product Key in UEFI

http://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/04/SLN290004

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I've a windows 8 Pro package that require me to install it as follows: Upgrade eligibility requirements apply. I had no problems here, I've upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro. Also I've had no problem having done the update through the Windows Store to Windows 8.1. I'm happy. My question though is thus:

Can I, with my legal Windows 8 Pro Upgrade-key-package download the Windows 8.1 Pro ISO and use that instead of the Windows Store feature to update my system to Windows 8.1 Pro?

Thank you.

A:Updating a Win8 Pro to Win8.1 Pro with a Legal Upgrad disc

Hi

Welcome To Eight Forums

Check out this thread:

Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.

Hope this helps

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On my computer there is a pre-installed Windows 8 which works fine for
UEFI boot (Secure boot not necessary).

Now when I switch in UEFI setup at boot time the UEFI mode into the CSM (BIOS) mode
and restart then Windows 8 is not starting any more.

As far as I find out an UEFI-based Windows 8 can only boot with UEFI mode enabled.

So my question is: Can I turn an existing UEFI based Windows 8 installation into
an CSM/BIOS based installation (=a Win8 which boots successfully even when I enable CSM in UEFI setup) ?

If yes: How do I do that?

Peter

A:Can I turn a Win8 installation for UEFI into CSM-Mode Win8

What OS are you trying to install?

Your other thread is about dualing booting Windows 7 & 8,
Can I boot with one Bootmanager Win 8 and Win7?
Windows 7 & 8 will dual boot in UEFI mode.

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Why wont my Win8 phone come up on my Win8 tablet's Desktop in File Explorer by a USB connection. It did once, but no more. Any suggestions welcome. Thank you!

A:Syncing Win8 phone to win8 tablet by USB connection.

Could be a couple of reasons.

Reboot your phone. Sometimes they just won't talk to each other.All USB cables are not equal. If you use the cable that came with your phone, you should have no problem. If you are using a different cable that came with another device, it may or may not work.

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Hello,
I would like to test power management of my PCIe SSD, ASPM can work well.
And I want to know L2 state work well, too.
Anyone knows how to let PCIe device enter L2 state in Win8.1?
Thanks.

A:How do I let PCIe device enter L2 state in Win8/Win8.1

AHCI will automatically do it, by talking to the bios.

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Hello Guru Members

I work for a small charity organisation for the elderly, (not trying to pluck heart strings), and the situation is that we were granted 7 new computers, these computers have Windows 8.1, and because we have an existing domain network we actually need to have Windows 8.1 Professional installed.

So prior to knowing that Windows 8.1 could not connect to our network, I had already started getting all the Windows updates, and cleaning the PC's of all the Lenovo add-on's software.

Once I realised that it was not Windows 8.1 Pro on the PC's but only Windows 8.1, being a charity we were able to purchase from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Centre 7 Windows 8.1 Professional licences.

I tried to use the VLC licence through the 'Windows Add-on's feature in Windows 8.1 , but a Volume Licence key is not accepted, and i have also been told that I must download the Windows 8.1 Professional .ISO from the Volume Licensing Centre, and install this particular download version.

But my question is, when I do the installation from Windows 8.1 to Windows 8.1 pro, will it give me the option to do an upgrade installation, I worried as I don't want to lose all the previous windows updates, and Lenovo hardware driver files.

Or, is there a way to get the Volume Licence Key into the existing Windows 8.1 to unlock the Pro features, or even a clever way to trick the Windows installation.

Any members help would be really helpful.

kind regards
Livio
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A:Can i do an upgrade install from Win8.1 to Win8.1 Pro?, beggin members help thanks

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Note : Please don't ignore this question if you think that it is a wxWidgets application(without reading complete question) and
should look by wxWidgets development community.

Hi,

I work on a wxWidgets application project(say X). It works fine on Win 7 but it crashes on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. 

My application X calls an executable(say Y) as blocking call as mentioned below

wxString lName = WDir + wxT("my.log");
int ReturnCode = 0 ;
wxString lCmd = IDir + wxT("Y.exe -l ") + lName;
ReturnCode = (int)wxExecute(lCmd, wxEXEC_SYNC); //the argument "wxEXEC_SYNC" (alone or with wxEXEC_BLOCK or wxEXEC_NOEVENTS)

In 400 times Y crashes(and so X crashes ) 5 to 6 times and the call stack points "[email protected]()".
When I calls Y in standalone mode(in a test program, Y called by other executable) with the same argument(mentioned above), it does not crash. It crashes
only when 
I call from my wxWidgets application project. In the code(Y) it sometime crashes while creating a file or closing a file.

So, my question is 
"When an application(X) calls an executable(Y) and the executable(Y) do some operation where it requires switching, the Win8.1 or Win 10 system API sends
the parent thread(X) as dead status for Y
and X starts to dispatch the event loop for closing Y but Y suddenly wake up after completing the operation. Since parent(X) thread already detached it as
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Hi

Help answering a few questions please, would be appreciated ...

If I revert from Win 10 back to Win 8.1 by restoring an old Macrium system image, am I going to have any activation issues under Win 8.1?

And given that Win 10 has now been activated on my machine, what'll happen if I keep Win 8.1 until after 29th July next year and then decide that I need/want Win 10 after all? My machine's Win 10 activation is on Microsoft's servers now, so maybe as a result of that, I'll now be able to put Win 10 back after the free upgrade offer deadline? Or will reverting to Win 8.1 undo that ability?

And also, another option for me is to revert to Win 8.1 as suggested above, and then dual boot with Win 10 on a second SSD using as my update license, an old deactivated copy of Win 7 Home Premium Retail that I have from an old machine. How long will it be until the newly publicised option is available to clean install a Win 10 ISO using Win 7 or Win 8 license keys rather than having to do the annoying in place upgrade before being able to clean install?

Thanks

A:Reverting from Win10 using Macrium System Image of Win8.1

Yes you can Restore Windows 8.1 without issue using Macrium..

Since your PC has a recorded windows 10 activation -
you can clean install windows 10 anytime, forever on that PC..
Just skip over when asked for product key..

Yes it is also said the new version will accept 7/8.1/10 product keys as well..

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I've got a question for the Pro's ...

This is regarding my ASUS Tablet with Windows 8.1 Professional x86 installed (Windows is activated of course).

The Tablet currently has Windows 10 reserved and after looking at this post, i took a curious look at the KB used to reserve it and noticed that KB2952664 was applied .

Can anyone let me know as to why Windows Update applied KB2952664 to reserve Windows 10 when that is a Windows 10 Reservation for the Windows 7 x86 systems ???

I am pretty well versed in Computer Hardware and Software (though i am no Master in those fields) and this is kind of a confusing update applied.

I am all ears LOL !

Thanks a bunch!

A:Why WU Reserved Win10 in a Win8.1 System Using a Win7 KB Update??

I'm not sure why Windows applied that update but the update to reserve Windows 10 is KB3035583 for both Windows 7 and 8.1.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...gnin1.0&s=myce

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I have Windows 8.1. I booked a Windows 10 before its premiere, and on the release he appeared for download in Windows Update. But I changed my mind and I do not want upgrade. But now I can not install the updates to Windows 8.1 because it always starts install Windows 10 even though it unchecked. I canceled my reservation but it did not help. What should I do?

A:How to stop installation of Win10 but install Win8 updates

Hello after, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If you like, you can use the tutorial below to disable the "Upgrade to Window 10" update.

Upgrade to Windows 10 Update - Enable or Disable in Windows 7 or 8.1 - Windows 10 Forums

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My Pavilion X360 M1 got messed up big time - all accounts were set to "disabled."  I tried everything I could think of including Ophcrack and Trinity Rescue Disk - no joy. So I executed a recovery - to my astonishment it "recovered" to Win8 rather than the Win10 that came on it when I bought it. How do I get Win10 back without buying a copy?  Thanks

A:My Win10 HP Pavilion x360 restored to WIn8 - how to get Win1...

If it was ever activated with Windows 10 all you need to do is go to the Microsoft Media Creation Tool site and download the installer tool and run it. Windows 10 activation servers keep a record of your computer and WIndows 10 will just activate the first time connected to the internet.  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it.   

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Since I've upgraded from Win 8.1 to Win 10, I can't turn off my PC without getting an exception in .NET Framework, and then a message that it is preventing shutdown. Google shows that this problem isn't exactly new and already happened to some people with Win8, but for some reason I've not been able to find a working solution yet. Does anyone know of a way to fix this other than doing a clean reinstall (which I really don't want)?

I've already tried some ".NET repair tool" from Microsoft, downloaded various offline installers of .NET and tried forcing them to re-install via command line. No luck - they just keep telling me that .NET is already installed, already a part of the OS, or sometimes even "installed but not activated", which is just plain wrong according to the feature selection dialog...

A:.NET framework prevents shutdown after Win8.1 -> Win10 upgrade

I got the same problem too :\

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This what my disk partitions are:
What are those partitions numbered 2, 3, 4?

I have not changed the partitions from beginning.
In the beginning, while installing win8.1, i partitioned the complete hdd(GPT) like: C, D, E, F, X.
C for Default Windows and D for any other OS for dual boot.

Now, at starting, There was no dual boot; I installed Win8.1 on C, and D was empty. When Win10 prev came, I installed w10 on D with dual boot.
After that I installed different builds of w10 on D few times, but w8.1 was not reinstalled on C, it was as it is after 1st installation.

In Jun2015, I reinstalled w8.1 on C. And I also reinstalled w10 after its release on 29Jul. I'm writing all these because I don't know in which partition the boot manager is. I know in disk management it's showing C, but.....

I don't know why but now-a-days system starting process from pressing "on" key to w8.1 user login screen has became bit slow. After pressing "on" it takes 1min 20secs to reach OS selection screen.

So, I want to remove w10 and it's boot manager (if any) completely; and make the w8.1 just like if it's installed in empty hdd without dualboot.

A:How to remove Win10 compleeeetely from Win8.1 dual boot

3 healthy partitions:
1 of windows 8.1
1 of windows 10
1 of the manufacturer

I don't know about the unallocated partition.

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I'm wondering how to use my migrated Win8 Retail license on my next machine. It will be a few years from now and well past the free upgrade offer.

I've used Showkey and I'm not sure if what it returns will be usable. If memory serves me (don't trust it myself) I think it's either the default Win10 Pro key or my Win8 Key (I'm on Win8 now, will post an image next time I'm on Win10).

The default Win10 certainly won't activate and the Win8 key will not upgrade after 29 July 2016.
The digital entitlement won't be valid - that's for the old machine.

It will most likely require phone activation and that's not a problem. I'll just have to remember that's how Win10 will activate given this scenario.

Remember: it's a Retail licence
I understand and comply with all of the legalese (one machine, remove from old...)

Any thoughts?

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How do I get my Windows 8 single language product key?
Is anyone got any idea ?

A:Satellite L850 - how to get Win8 product key?

I know it sound stupid now but your question is a bit strange for me. Why?

Every preinstalled operating system is already activated so when you buy new notebook with preinstalled OS you have also bought one valid licence. This licence or used product key belongs to preinstalled OS version and cannot be used in any other case. With other words this product key is useless for you and you cannot use it for other OS version.

My question is: why do you want to have this key?

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