I aquired an hp desktop computer from the family of my neighbor whom passed away!
The os is windows 8.1! I have windows 8 recovery disk for the same model computer but they are not for this particluar computer.
I would like to downgrade to windows 8 from 8.1 because of all files that are there from the now deceased neighbor. My concern is the product key. I can locate the product key but now sure it will work with an 8 reinstall.
Need advice
Thank you!

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From frying pan into the fire.

There is no product key you can use on this one. The key is for the OEM version and you don't have that dvd. I don't think it's necessary to go over how this works. Windows 8 should have a reset option in the menu. I didn't see any change from 8 to 8.1 so no need to correct this here.

See Remove everything and install Windows 8.1 at

If you proceed with what you propose, you will be very upset at having to order HP's recovery media.

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Downgrading 8.1 to 8

So even if i could purchase a 8 product key it would not work?

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It would be a royal mess.

How many clean Windows installs have you done. I find most folk are stunned at the work needed.

Why not use the factory reset instead?

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Just not sure

Not sure if i can you factory reset
Some things I am locked out on due to not being the original owner.

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Just today I used this to make a new admin account

And reset the admin password.

Read what I did at

In a pinch you could boot your W8 install DVD, do not install, but head to repair, get the command prompt.

If you install you are going to be very upset at the cost.

-> Just today I had a relative's laptop arrive. I'm moving it up to W10 because this way I never have to have recovery media. I posted how at

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Just letting you know

I went in and did the reset! It did exactly what i needed it to do. Removed all file of the sinced passed previous owner.
Thank you!

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