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I have been trying to get the update to install windows 8.1 on my sistem without luck. While searching I realized my Windows 8 is pirated. I tried to contact the computer shop who installed it but they are out of business and cannot contact anyone.

I tried to buy a legitimate copy from the windows website but it is IMPOSSIBLE! the website says "Get the free update" however I cannot as my windows is pirated.

My question is, I want to make my copy of Windows 8 legal and upgradable to Windows 8.1. How can I purchase a legal copy without losing my data on my computer?


UPDATE

Below is the system screen. There are no option as to change the product key. enter image description here

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Open cmd.exe, then type slui 3 then ENTER to change the product key, if you have a valid one. – LawrenceC Dec 19 '13 at 16:50
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Contact MS: 1-800-RU-LEGIT, they'll help you get legit. :) Also check out microsoft.com/en-us/piracy/reporting/faq.aspx – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Dec 19 '13 at 17:13

use win key + pause/break

At the bottom of that page there is a change product key option. Enter the Legit product key there. Most computer stores will have a licence available. If you need it quick there may be some ebay sellers who will open the box and email you the key ?

The MS site itself isnt very helpful

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Thanks for the answer however I cannot see such option. Please see my screenshot in the update. Also, non of the links on this page lead to such a window that allows me to change it. Any ideas? – Kemal Emin Dec 19 '13 at 16:42
    
It should be the bottom of a page similar to this one winvistatips.com/attachments/… – exussum Dec 19 '13 at 16:44
    
Unfortunately not. None of the tabs under advanced settings (or any other window that has a link to it from this window for that matter) offers me such an option. Gosh am I the only person with a pirate software spending hours to make it legitimate and not even its manufacturer cares? :) – Kemal Emin Dec 19 '13 at 16:49
    
It shouldnt be on advanced settings its on the main page which shows the specs at the bottom – exussum Dec 19 '13 at 16:51

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