Thank you for the suggestion. I executed the "Belarc" program and it shows a lot of useful information, but unfortunately I still can't figure out my license type.
I'm concerned thinking I bought a volume license. Especially since I'm not allowed to upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro. I've also had some strangeness activating my games, since they complain about a firewall blocking activation, and I have to activate through a online website, even if my firewall is completely disabled..
If I'm indeed using a volume license, doesn't that mean a different party is in charge of my Windows license? If this party does something illegal, wouldn't I get in trouble for it, or have my system taken away? This is kind of my cause for concern.
After further searching, I found I can use the following command at command prompt to reveal my license type:
This brings up a "Windows Script Host" window showing "Windows(R) Operating System, VOLUME_MAK channel".
It appears I am indeed using a license that's part of a volume channel, and it isn't really my own authentication. If this channel (or party), does something illegal, I'm sure I could get in trouble... I think.