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Upgrade Install to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1

  1. #110


    Manchester CT
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Those three are the GA rollups. Install them and 8.1rtm becomes 8.1 GA.

    I did it a few days ago. You will notice the build number changes. There is also a weird bar thing at the bottom of the children's IE version.


    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    I found something in the Windows Update screen on the desktop. A 230 MB update and a couple of others. I already have Win8.1 Pro RTM installed tho, so what exactly IS this? Well, an update will tell me, heh.

    Nah, just an update. restarts at 30%. Why is it always 30%?
    Thanks SIW. I had to look up GA..

    GA means General Availability, the Win8.1 version that is going out today. This is different than the RTM that I loaded from Technet.

    Here are the differences, mostly subtle:

    http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/ga-rollup-provides-updates-windows-81-rtm

    http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/wi...rade-step-step
    Last edited by johnpombrio; 17 Oct 2013 at 15:15.

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  2. #111


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 696
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hey Simon,

    I don't think the ISO option will be available until tomorrow (18th), and for when using the Windows 8.1 Upgrade Assistant.
    Shawn, the link just loads in a 4.8 MB program that brings you to the regular Win8.1 update menu. any other places to find a Win8.1 .iso? The Technet ones require a separate Serial number from Windows 8 to run.
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  3. #112


    Posts : 20,610
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10166


    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hey Simon,

    I don't think the ISO option will be available until tomorrow (18th), and for when using the Windows 8.1 Upgrade Assistant.
    Shawn, the link just loads in a 4.8 MB program that brings you to the regular Win8.1 update menu. any other places to find a Win8.1 .iso? The Technet ones require a separate Serial number from Windows 8 to run.
    Hello John,

    Currently the only way to get a Windows 8.1 ISO is if your purchased Windows 8.1 using the Windows 8.1 Upgrade Assistant or from an online retail outlet (ex: Microsoft Store).

    Afterwards, you'll be able to use the method in the tutorial below with your Windows 8.1 product key to get a Windows 8.1 ISO file anytime you like.

    http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ad-create.html

    Hope this helps.
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  4. #113


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 696
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Drats. I too figured that the only way to get a Win8.1 ISO was to purchase a standalone copy of Win8.1/Win8.1 Pro. So far, I have not seen a alternative method on the web on how to build your own Win8.1 ISO that will allow you to use a Win8 license. The only method then is to do a clean install of Win8 with an ISO or USB stick and update to 8.1.
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  5. #114


    Posts : 1
    8.1


    good job
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  6. #115


    Portland, Oregon, USA
    Posts : 182
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows Server 2012 R2 x64


    My method to get a 100% official 8.1 iso was to just download it via BitTorrent thru a magnet link on the My Digital Life forums (another famous tech site). They also provide the hash sums for the images, so it was easy to compare those with the hashes available on MS's websites (to make sure it wasnt tampered with). Then I just installed with the publically available install-only key after I realized it wouldnt take my 8 key, and later activated via MS phone support. I'd say that's just about the easiest way to go about doing it.
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  7. #116


    Posts : 2
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1


    In the Note portion of this tutorial, the following is stated:

    "If you choose to start your PC from removable media that you created when you downloaded the Windows 8 upgrade files, you won’t be able to keep your apps, Windows settings, or personal files when you upgrade."

    Does the same thing happen with Win8.1, too?

    I have this question because the step 5 (with a screen capture) in this article from another site:
    How to Upgrade From Windows 7 to Windows 8.1

    instructs:

    "5. Select 'Keep personal files only' and click Next. This will allow Windows 8.1 to retain your data files from the Desktop and from your Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos libraries."
    Last edited by Brink; 12 Mar 2014 at 12:34. Reason: removed link
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  8. #117


    Posts : 20,610
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10166


    Hello drkh,

    The quote from the note box in the tutorial here just means that you will not have all the options available at that step 5.

    The note box at the top will help show you what will be available to select at that step.
    Last edited by Brink; 12 Mar 2014 at 18:11. Reason: typo
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  9. #118


    Posts : 2
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1


    I see. Thank you.

    I'll be cautious when I do my upgrade from Win7 to Win8.1.
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  10. #119


    Posts : 20,610
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10166


    You're welcome. I would definitely back up anything that you don't want to lose first to be safe.
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