Do you want to activate Windows 8/8.1 for free? In this post, MiniTool Partition Wizard offers you free Windows 8/8.1 product keys and shows you how to activate Windows 8/8.1 with a product key. It also tells how to activate them without a product key.

How to Activate Windows 8/8.1 with a Product Key

Windows 8 was released in 2012, but the market response was not very good. Hence, in 2013, Windows 8.1, an improved version of Windows 8, was released. The mainstream support for Windows 8 ended in 2016, and that for Windows 8.1 ended in 2018. In addition, their extended support will end in 2023.

Some people may want to try Windows 8/8.1. To unlock advanced features, they need to activate Windows 8.1/8. If they didn’t enter the Windows 8/8.1 product key during the installation process, they can activate Windows 8.1/8 after the installation. Here is the guide:

  1. Select the Start button, type PC settings, and then select PC settings from the list of results.
  2. Choose Activate Windows.
  3. Enter your Windows 8.1/8 product key, select Next, and follow the instructions to complete the activation process.
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Windows 8/8.1 Editions

Windows 8 has 4 editions: Windows 8 (Core), Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise, and Windows RT. Because Windows 8.1 is the improved version of Windows 8, its editions are the same as Windows 8’s.

  • The Windows 8 Core edition contains features aimed at the home market segment and provides all of the basic new Windows 8 features.
  • The Windows 8 Pro edition includes all the features of Windows 8 and additional features like the ability to receive Remote Desktop connections, the ability to participate in a Windows Server domain, Encrypting File System, Hyper-V, Virtual Hard Disk Booting, Group Policy, etc.
  • The Windows 8 Enterprise edition provides all the features in Windows 8 Pro and additional features to assist with IT organization.
  • The Windows RT edition is only available pre-installed on ARM-based devices such as tablet PCs.
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Windows 8/8.1 Product Key

Windows 8 Core product key: BN3D2-R7TKB-3YPBD-8DRP2-27GG4
Windows 8 Pro product key: NG4HW-VH26C-733KW-K6F98-J8CK4
Windows 8 Enterprise product key: 32JNW-9KQ84-P47T8-D8GGY-CWCK7
Windows 8.1 Core product key: M9Q9P-WNJJT-6PXPY-DWX8H-6XWKK
Windows 8.1 Pro product key: GCRJD-8NW9H-F2CDX-CCM8D-9D6T9
Windows 8.1 Enterprise product key: MHF9N-XY6XB-WVXMC-BTDCT-MKKG7
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The Windows 8 product key can be used to activate Windows 8.1.

If you enter the Windows 8 product key when you install Windows 8.1, you will fail to go through the verification. You need to use a “temporary” Windows 8.1 product key like 27NXJ-JH9WY-KYF3K-J8DPP-9P9HP to go through the verification and complete the Windows 8.1 installation.

Then, you can use a Windows 8 product key to activate Windows 8.1.

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How to Activate Windows 8/8.1 Without a Product Key

You can use the following 3 methods to activate Windows 8/8.1 without a product key.

Way 1. Use a Batch File

  1. Visit this page and copy the content.
  2. Create a text file and paste the content into this file.
  3. Click File > Save As and name the file “cmd”.
  4. Click the Save button to save it.
  5. Right-click the cmd file and choose Run as administrator.

Way 2. Use Third-Party Software

Some free third-party software can help you activate Windows 8/8.1. You can try them if all the above ways fail. If necessary, you should disable the firewall or antivirus software before running these tools.

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