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Windows 8.1 download error "We can't connect right now"

  1. #1

    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1 x64

    Windows 8.1 download error "We can't connect right now"


    I'm currently trying to create a bootable Windows 8.1 disc for future clean installs, but because I have Windows OEM product key, i'm getting the following error "We can't connect right now. Check your internet connection and try again." when trying to download the Windows 8.1 ISO from Upgrade Windows with only a product key - Microsoft Windows Help

    After rummaging through some threads....
    Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.
    Make a fresh installation of Windows 8
    How to obtain Windows 8.1 iso with Windows 8 OEM key. - Overclockers UK Forums
    Windows 8.1 Upgrade from Windows 7 Error: "We can't connect right now. Check your Internet connection and try again."
    Windows 8 Upgrade assistant "We can't connect right now"
    How to use the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant
    Windows 8 Upgrade "we can't connect right now, please check - Microsoft Community
    Windows8-setup.exe Error: 0x803d0013 (We can't connect - Microsoft Community
    "We can't connect right now" Windows 8 download error - Microsoft Community

    There really hasn't been a solid workaround for those who have an OEM product key. Or maybe I'm missing something.

    I also read that the following generic key 334NH-RXG76-64THK-C7CKG-D3VPT has more than likely been blacklisted and this may be the reason i'm receiving the above message. Are there any current workarounds? I just want to create a simple bootable Windows 8.1 disc.

    OS: Microsoft Windows 8.1
    System Type: x64 (OEM)
    Version: 6.3.9600 Build 9600
    System Manufacturer/Model: Dell Inspiron 3520

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  2. #2

    Posts : 879
    Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by Kasv View Post
    There really hasn't been a solid workaround for those who have an OEM product key.
    You can't download if you only have Windows 8/8.1 OEM product key.


    How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key. -> link
    Last edited by genet; 29 Nov 2014 at 02:54.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1 x64

    Thanks genet.

    Just in case anyone else is in my position looking to clean install an OEM system, I found so great help here: The Windows 8.1 (& related) Repository
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  4. #4

    Chicago, IL
    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Unfortunately the repository for Win 8.1 Pro is no longer valid.

    EDIT: Nevermind. The download was a magnet URL.
    Last edited by mel2000; 27 Apr 2014 at 00:12.
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  5. #5

    Posts : 1
    8.1 7 and XP

    10th October 2014 and I have just been quoted the same generic key you have listed, by a microsoft advisor, as their 8.1 upgrade to my preinstalled 8 removed the Asus recovery F9 option. I too get the no internet connection screen. Looks like I'm still without an option to fresh install to fix my issues. If they think I'll be entertaining trying win10 when it comes out then they are mistaken.
    It seemed to me that their error in the upgrade to 8.1 and removing the Asus recovery option is not their issue and I should be asking Asus for a solution. I think their days are numbered. Android will wipe them out completely.

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