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Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.

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    Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.


    For upgrading from store.

    Windows 8.1 - Update to from Windows 8

    Upgrading using the Windows 8.1 GA DVD OF YOUR VERSION (core or Pro) .

    For upgrading from the desktop.

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    How to Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.

    A Windows 8 product Key can not be uses to Upgrade to Windows 8.1.

    1) Use a Windows 8.1 product Key to Upgrade.

    For Upgrading from Windows 8.1 Preview.

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    For clean install.

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    2) Activate with your Windows 8 product Key.

    3) Open PC Setting.

    4) Click on Change product Key.

    5) Type in your Windows 8 product Key & Activate.

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    Product Key Number - Change in Windows 8

    Product Key - Find for Windows 8

    I use option five.

    or
    RWEverything | Read & Write Everything

    Note   Note
    Note that although you may previously purchase a legit Windows 8 product key, the product key is unlikely able to be used to install or upgrade to Windows 8.1. Hence you will need the following product key to initiate the install or upgrade:


    Windows 8 (core): 334NH-RXG76-64THK-C7CKG-D3VPT

    Windows 8 Pro: XHQ8N-C3MCJ-RQXB6-WCHYG-C9WKB

    Windows 8 Enterprise: MNDGV-M6PKV-DV4DR-CYY8X-2YRXH
    FHQNR-XYXYC-8PMHT-TV4PH-DRQ3H

    KMS setup keys (8/8.1): Appendix A: KMS Client Setup Keys


    The keys above will let you install 8.1, but that's all it does. After installation is complete, you will still have to activate with your own Windows 8 key.


    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

    How to download Windows 8.1 ISO with a Windows 8 key.
    How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO
    Last edited by Brink; 06 Apr 2014 at 12:59. Reason: update

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    Since I actually have two Win8 Pro product keys (one for the initial install, the second for the WMC add-on), should I only use the first to activate?

    Will I then be able to use the Win8 Pro WMC add-on key to add WMC to 8.1?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    Since I actually have two Win8 Pro product keys (one for the initial install, the second for the WMC add-on), should I only use the first to activate?

    Will I then be able to use the Win8 Pro WMC add-on key to add WMC to 8.1?
    Yes, to both.
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    Folks,

    This is all great, but how do I tell my freshly installed Windows 8.1 to use the BIOS-baked OEM Windows 8 key on my Surface Pro? Do I use the SLP key for Windows 8 Pro?

    FYI, my Surface Pro was upgraded to Windows 8.1 Preview, which trashed my ability to use my Windows 8 recovery partition and use it to do a "Reset" of Windows. Hence the reason to install from the ISO, which forced me to use one of my TechNet Windows 8.1 keys.
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    good to get the help regarding the update key to win 8.1 and along with the tip to install the same win version through ISO image
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaldek View Post
    Folks,

    This is all great, but how do I tell my freshly installed Windows 8.1 to use the BIOS-baked OEM Windows 8 key on my Surface Pro? Do I use the SLP key for Windows 8 Pro?

    FYI, my Surface Pro was upgraded to Windows 8.1 Preview, which trashed my ability to use my Windows 8 recovery partition and use it to do a "Reset" of Windows. Hence the reason to install from the ISO, which forced me to use one of my TechNet Windows 8.1 keys.
    Product Key - Find for Windows 8

    I use Option Five.
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    I wish there was a Windows 8.1 Repository for Windows 8 users to update there system without having to reinstall everything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteamGamer View Post
    I wish there was a Windows 8.1 Repository for Windows 8 users to update there system without having to reinstall everything.
    You can download the UPDATE from the MS App Store from the 18 October.
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    Thats great news! Too bad there is no 8.1 Beta upgrade available under the Windows Update Area currently.
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