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Easier way to turn a Windows 8 key into a Windows 10 key?

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  • Windows XP
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July 30, 2015 9:01:02 AM

Hi all

I bought a laptop one year ago that came with Windows 8. For compatibility reasons, I needed Windows XP back then so I installed that. Now I no longer need Windows XP, and I'd like to install Windows 10.

I still got the Windows 8 OEM key, and the only way to get to Windows 10 as I see it now is: install Windows 8, perform all the Windows updates, then upgrade to Windows 8.1, install all the Windows updates again, then upgrade to Windows 10 and tada; I've got my free Windows 10 key.

But there are 2 problems with that approach: 1. I don't know where to find a Windows 8 ISO, I can only find the media creation tool for Windows 8.1. and 2. the process that I have demonstrated above is VERY LONG and VERY TEDIOUS, this could possibly take me 2 or 3 days (with waiting for updates taking most of this time).

Sooooo... are there any easier ways to get a free Windows 10 key from my Windows 8 key, so that I can immediately remove Windows XP and install Windows 10 straight away without going through all the Windows 8/8.1 hassles? Would Microsoft be happy to pass me a Windows 10 key if I give them my Windows 8 key through telephone?

Thanks in advance!

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a b * Windows 8
July 30, 2015 9:04:26 AM

^ no mate - been through this myself - ****** annoying isnt it??
a b β Windows 10
a b * Windows 8
July 30, 2015 9:06:22 AM

what you described is the only way for it to work as far as i know.

just get the pc up to win 8.1 and then do the upgrade. if the win 10 installer wants the other updates it will go get them itself. no reason to get it fully updated. and to get the iso for win 8 MS offers it directly here

sorry but this is the way it is. it's free so a few hours of your time is little to ask.

other option is to buy win 10 directly and install it fresh over the win xp install.
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a b β Windows 10
a b * Windows 8
July 30, 2015 9:10:01 AM

@Math Geek, the link you provided only works with retail keys. The OP specifically stated that he has an OEM key.
August 1, 2015 7:26:11 AM

As per last post if you can go 8.1 off the bat, i just did an install from that step myself, using media creation for 8.1 made a usb, then clean installed that and before seeing the desktop (provided you put wireless key in internet access) it will install windows 10 straight from there, so you skip all the waiting etc, it does take a while as it downloads between 2 and 8 gigs, but much faster.. goodluck
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