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Windows 8.1 Full Retail version over Windows 8

  1. #1

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    Windows 8.1

    Windows 8.1 Full Retail version over Windows 8

    I purchased a full retail version of Windows 8.1 that comes on 32-bit and 64-bit DVD's. Will the retail version still ask for the Windows 8.1 product key when installing from the Windows 8 desktop? Does the retail version check for the BIOS embedded product key before asking for the product key?

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  2. #2

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    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello Keith,

    The Windows 8.1 installation will detect the Windows 8 product key embedded in your UEFI/BIOS firmware, but it will be determined as invalid since it's a Windows 8 product key and not a retail Windows 8.1 product key.

    You will then be prompted as usual to enter your Windows 8.1 product key like in step 4 below.

    Clean Install - Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
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  3. #3

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    Windows 8.1 x64

    I am sorry to ask, but since you say you have a bios embedded key, you must have an OEM install. Are the OEM's not offering you an update through their resources?

    When I updated using the RTM, I had to supply the Windows 8 key and and the Media Center Key. When I installed through the Windows Store, it knew I had Windows 8 with Media center and never asked for a key.

    It seems as far as Windows 8 vs. 8.1, Microsoft is treating it as a new OS. Too bad they did not put it our as a SP, as was done with Windows 7. Of course, maybe Windows 8 is to Windows 8.1 as Vista was to Windows 7.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
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