Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 Upgrade

MeskyT

New Member
So, just 4 days ago I upgraded my PC’s OS to Windows 7 Home Premium from Windows Vista Home Premium. The Windows 7 isn’t yet activated (as my final destination isn’t it) and is operating within its 30 days grace period. So, I tried to upgrade to Windows 8.1 with a product key but it wouldn’t work. I want to keep my installed applications, settings and files intact. So, what seems to be the problem?

(1) Is it because the Windows 7 isn’t activated?

(2) Is it because direct upgrading to Windows 8.1 from Windows 7 not possible, and have to first upgrade to Windows 8.0 instead and then upgrade to Windows 8.1? I read so in a Microsoft forum website.

(3) Is it because both (1) and (2) are true?


Please someone help! Thanks!
 

Neemobeer

Cloud Security Engineer
Staff member
There is no technical limitation upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1. I'd say the license isn't for 8.1 or it is an OEM license which is not transferable.
 

RuskinF

Member
If you are not able to upgrade to Windows 8.1 then I must say that it is possible.
Either you are not using the right key or you are using an OEM key.
OEM key locks itself to a motherboard which means that you can only install Windows on that Motherboard with that key.

If you have a Windows 7 key then use it to activate Windows 8.1. This ought to work.
 
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