Just activated a new install W11 VM with old Technet Win 8.1 key


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Hi folks

looks like a lot of those old Technet keys of W7/W8/W8.1 are still working to activate W11 installs !!!

Just needed a new VM -- got message after boot -- "Windows isn't activated. -- Went to change product key -- entered old technet key used a Windows 8.1 Pro key and Windows activated.

Don't throw away all those old technet keys just yet. !!!!

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My Insider Dev is still activated with W7 key which is as old as W7 itself.
 

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I have a Windows 8.1 key in the BIOS i'm thinking that would activate Windows 8.1 but also Windows 10 and 11
 

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I have a Windows 8.1 key in the BIOS. I'm thinking that would activate Windows 8.1 but also Windows 10 and 11 because Microsoft did that thing.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Insider Beta
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7020
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-4590
    Motherboard
    OEM Motherboard
    Memory
    12GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4600
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Philips 242V
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    HP 500GB
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Total Security

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