Can I reuse Windows 8.1 full version RETAIL on a different pc after my current PC upgrades to 10?

mmhandley

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I know that I can not probably upgrade the 2nd PC to Windows 10 but since I purchased Windows 8.1 Full version RETAIL. I want to know if the 1st upgrade will become non licensed. Thanks.
 

mmhandley

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Thanks for info...Does this mean that I can no longer use Windows 8.1 FULL RETAIL in the future on another PC if I decide I don't like Windows 10? My current PC is 6 years old and I may buy a newer one without an Operating System next year. Did my Windows 8.1 FULL RETAIL turn into an OEM version now? Thanks again...
 

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You have 30 days to decide if you like windows 10 or not and roll back your CURRENT pc to 8.1 and then your key will be valid for 8.1 and any future upgrades. Keep 10 past the 30 days and your 8.1 has become windows 10 4-L1F3
 

USAFRet

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You can probably reuse your Win 8.1, but not at the same time as using the Win 10 that you upgraded to.
1 at a time.
 

mmhandley

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So next year, I will not even be able to deactivate my Windows 10 from the PC and then use my Windows 8.1 Full Retail with key on a different PC? Where did Microsoft publish "Keep 10 past the 30 days and your 8.1 has become windows 10 4-L1F3" Thanks again.
 

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The "30 days" refers to reverting back to the original OS, via the choices in Settings/Recovery.
Why? The windows.old folder is deleted after 30 days, to give you back hard drive space. That windows.old folder is what it would use to reconstitute your old installation.

It has nothing to do with the license for your original OS.
 

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