How many times can I reinstall windows 8 pro one the same PC with a physical copy?

I plan to purchase a physical copy of Windows 8 Pro. I know that I'm gonna reinstall a lot using the disc and will most likely use system restore a lot since I'm a heavy themes modder. So my question is: how many times can you reinstall windows with the same copy and can you deactivate the key if you want to switch PC?
 

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Last updated September 4, 2019 Views 2,572 Applies to:

You can reinstall as many times as you like on the same computer, but you might need to reactivate by telephone after the 5th time.

1.       Press Windows key + X then click Run, then type:   slui.exe  4

2.       Next press the 'ENTER' key

3.       Select your 'Country' from the list.

4.       Choose the 'Phone Activation' option.

5.       Stay on the phone (do not select/press any options) and wait for a person to help you with activation.

6.       Explain your problem clearly to the support person.

How to reinstall Windows 8

You have a couple options:

If you would like to reinstall Windows 8, which means removing apps and personal files and settings, you can use reset and refresh. This is equivalent to a clean install.

To do it, do the following:

· Press Windows key + i on your keyboard to show the Charms bar (If you are using a touchscreen: Touch the right edge of your screen and swipe your finger to the left)

· Click Settings

· Click Change PC settings

· Click General in the left column

· Under Remove everything and reinstall Windows, click Get started

Then follow the instructions that will be provided on the screen to reinstall Windows on your PC.

Option 2:

If you create a installation DVD or Bootable thumbdrive, you can use that to reinstall Windows. First, you will need to reinstall the qualifying license, then start the upgrade again to Windows 8. Qualifying license means you will either need to reinstall Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7.

Option 3:

A workaround for this situation is to create a system image of Windows 8 just after you have upgraded. So if your drive does crash, you can simply restore the image on a new hard disk or restore the image on the same drive if you just want to reinstall Windos 8.

See the following for instructions about how to create a system image of your Windows 8 installation:

http://www.notebooks.com/2009/10/24/how-to-backup-your-installation-of-windows-7/

(references Windows 7, but the same principles apply to Windows 8).

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Unfortunately - I re-installed Windows 8 after it started crashing repeatedly.  Now it tells me I can't use my product key because it was already used once.  I've paid for the product and have nothing to show for it.

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