Thanks my2cents and MR Sardonicus--I have Windows 8 Pro and I believe I purchased it online and installed it last Oct..This update in available, but doesn't seem to install-Update for Windows 8 for x64-based Systems (KB2802618)-Download size: 25 KB--no idea why--just goes through the motions...
my2cents--the reason I am intent on installing from disc is because I can't connect to the Windows Store--I found this link--bluej has posted instructions in the comments sections on how to use a temp key.
And this does seem to allow the installation process to begin--However, once the computer finishes installing and reboots I get the error that Windows 8.1 could not be installed and my configuration was restored along with that error code
When you use the Windows 8.1 ISO created by the Setup process above, you will need to enter a generic placeholder Windows 8.1 product key to get it to install (as explained in a superuser.com thread). Use 334NH-RXG76-64THK-C7CKG-D3VPT for normal, or XHQ8N-C3MCJ-RQXB6-WCHYG-C9WKB for Professional (these keys only work to install and cannot be activated). Once Windows is installed, you will need to change the key to your key. To do that, Right-Click the Start button and start the Command Prompt (Admin).
Type the following commands:
slmgr /ipk YOUR-KEY-WITH-DASHES-HERE
reboot you computer and it should be activated.
Do you know what that error code means?