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    Default Windows 8.1 OEM or Retail ?

    Are both the same thing? Windows 8.1 professional edition OEM key is pretty cheap now so wanted to grab one to upgrade to win 10 for free later.

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    There is no more "Retail" version starting from Win 8; all available in the market are OEM version and costs the same. Once you buy and install, it becomes either "Personal Use" license or "System Builder" license.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gentleman View Post
    Are both the same thing? Windows 8.1 professional edition OEM key is pretty cheap now so wanted to grab one to upgrade to win 10 for free later.
    Free for the first one year only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VANGUARD View Post
    Free for the first one year only.
    Nope. "During" first one year. If you upgrade within this time it would be free forever.

    Also, I believe subscription models will be separate. Just like Office 365 is separate from Office Professional Plus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syeef View Post
    There is no more "Retail" version starting from Win 8; all available in the market are OEM version and costs the same. Once you buy and install, it becomes either "Personal Use" license or "System Builder" license.
    So both of these are for only one motherboard ? Mobo can't be changed ?

    https://www.g2a.com/microsoft-window...ey-global.html
    https://www.g2a.com/windows-8-profes...ey-global.html

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    One should be retail and the other one should be oem ( bound to one mobo only )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gentleman View Post
    So both of these are for only one motherboard ? Mobo can't be changed ?

    One should be retail and the other one should be oem ( bound to one mobo only )
    Like I said, there is no more "Retail".

    It is no longer bound to only one motherboard after Win 8 (including OEM), you can uninstall from one PC and install to another PC without any problem... just there is a limit, you can do it only once every 90 days (as far as I remember), I even spoke to a Microsoft Rep to confirm.

    The reason why it is much cheaper on G2A and there is a price difference is because they are actually Student Edition keys... Microsoft gives those keys to Students for free... but some of those students sales them, so they can sell them at a cheaper price and also why there is a price difference. Not because they are Retail and OEM... like I said, all are OEM by default.

    I would suggest to buy from BD instead... you can get from it Computer Source, Rishit etc. You will also get a real DVD unlike G2A.
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