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How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by mahanddeem View Post
    Useless trick.

    This trick doesn't allow current Win8 key owners to download 8.1 ISO so I can't see where the trick is !
    I'm a 'current windows 8 user', and this 'useless trick' worked for me.

    Did you follow the instructions as laid out in my first post?

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  2. #12


    Norway
    Posts : 25
    Windows 8.1 PRO 64bit


    Thanks for sharing!

    Will try when I get home from the office.
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by mosharino View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mahanddeem View Post
    Useless trick.

    This trick doesn't allow current Win8 key owners to download 8.1 ISO so I can't see where the trick is !
    I'm a 'current windows 8 user', and this 'useless trick' worked for me.

    Did you follow the instructions as laid out in my first post?
    WAIT !!
    My bad ! I am sorry, it works !!! the additional link at the end of your post explains things in a wrong way, but your method works !
    Thanks man and sorry again..

    Now the problem would be how to clean install 8.1 with my 8 key !
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  4. #14


    Quote Originally Posted by mahanddeem View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mosharino View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mahanddeem View Post
    Useless trick.

    This trick doesn't allow current Win8 key owners to download 8.1 ISO so I can't see where the trick is !
    I'm a 'current windows 8 user', and this 'useless trick' worked for me.

    Did you follow the instructions as laid out in my first post?
    WAIT !!
    My bad ! I am sorry, it works !!! the additional link at the end of your post explains things in a wrong way, but your method works !
    Thanks man and sorry again..

    Now the problem would be how to clean install 8.1 with my 8 key !
    That link at the end was not my doing. SO i can understand the confusion.

    Glad it worked.
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  5. #15


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 5,948
    Windows 8.1 Pro + MC 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by mahanddeem View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by gerdgoebel View Post
    I reloaded Win 8.1 with the newly downloaded ISO doing a clean install. For the installation I used a generic key from the MS web-site. After the installation I activated Win 8.1 with my Win 8 product key without a problem. I am all set and happy with this much faster clean install.
    Please can you tell what does this mean generic key? Do you mean the preview key? Can you share that generic key? I have my windows 8 key but like the others say I can't use it to clean install 8.1
    When the ISO's were given to the big OEM's they also got install codes that would let you install but wouldn't activate. Once installed you can enter a Windows 8 code and activate with it. Assuming its a legal 8 code that is. The ISO images and the generic install codes were leaked. There is one for core and one for Pro. They were posted in a thread. I can't find that thread though. The 8.1 ISO's will not let you install with a Windows 8.0 Product code.
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  6. #16


    You used this?
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  7. #17


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  8. #18


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 5,948
    Windows 8.1 Pro + MC 64 Bit


    There is a Pro key and a Core key? The one you use to install has to match the 8 key your going to activate with.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8


    For me that trick worked just fine, and I was a current Win 8 owner. The trick was to you need to start the Win 8 download first. Once the download has started you cancel the download, then you click on the install 8.1 and it now starts downloading the 8.1 ISO.

    Regarding the "generic" key, I found on the internet, that we can't use our Win 8 key for a clean install of Win 8.1. So for the clean install you need an "installation key" which you can obtain on the MS web-site. I copied my ISO onto a USB stick, started the installation, entered the generic key, finished the installation without a problem, then activated with my Win 8 product key without a problem.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8


    do an internet search for Windows 8.1 generic key and you should get enough hits listing keys you need for the installation
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