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Microsoft does not sell Windows 8 DVDs in China, We can only update to Windows 8 from Windows 7, Vista or Windows XP SP3.

However, I am an Ubuntu user, I don't have Windows 7, Vista or Windows XP SP3 installed in my laptop.

If I buy a Windows 8 Pro DVD from Amazon (USA), can it be activated from China?

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I don't see why not. They don't even know where in the world you are. If they use your IP address, you could always use a proxy or vpn or do a telephone activation using a calling card. – cloneman Oct 26 '12 at 4:58
    
I've edited the question to be a little less localised, but do note that China is a special case, as there is a Windows for China that is Chinese only, and cheaper than the international version. This may be the one you are referring to. As far as I know, the international version should be installable in China. – Bob Oct 26 '12 at 5:10
    
I don't see why not as well. Not being sold there is fine I guess, but say I bought a copy of Win8 before travelling to China. Will customs confiscate it? If not, why shouldn't I be allowed to activate something I paid for, just because I'm in China? – Karan Oct 26 '12 at 16:39

Windows does do region checking because certain versions of windows have some features enabled or disabled. It is to do with EU regulations and definitely Chinese law!

I am not sure what will happen in China but they cannot stop it from getting activated. If you have problems activating it- Use a VoiP service and dial into USA Number to activate it. No problem. You can also proxy or SSH into a US server to protect your origin(but that is more advanced)

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