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will we be able to download 8.1 iso that can clean install

  1. #31

    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit

    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    I did that on my desktop PC. I didn't bother disconnecting the internet though. I used the leaked RTM install key. Then I just clicked "activate windows" and "change product key". Then I entered my Windows 8 key that I use for that PC. It was something like that anyway. I don't remember having to jump though any hoops. There are likely several different ways to get it done.
    OK, thanks for that. Your method sounds much easier than mine; however, I just wanted to take every precaution that the RTM key would not try to authenticate on its own upon boot (with internet access enabled). For the record, my method involved the following steps to achieve the same results as alphanumeric:

    Disable internet access
    Clean install matching version of 8.1 RTM
    Use matching RTM key to allow the installation to progress and complete
    Next, I opened an elevated command prompt and inserted the following to change the key to my win 8 key:
    slmgr.vbs -ipk xxxxx – xxxxx – xxxxx – xxxxx -xxxxx
    Received sucessfully completed message that the RTM key was changed to my win 8 legitimate key
    Immediately inserted the following message to start the activation process:
    "slui 4" (without quotes)
    Re-enabled internet access and followed the prompts to complete a legitimate MS phone activation.

    Now, I wouldn't consider my method as "jumping through hoops" but I must admit there are a few mores steps involved. With that said, your method sounds much easier! Cheers!
    I don't think it matters if the key authenticates. I actually clicked the activate now before changing the key. It was only after trying to activate with the install key, and it failing to activate, that I got the option to enter another key and try again. I don't remember what the failure message was. There was this black helicopter circling over the house though. It seemed to fly off right after I legally activated with the Windows 8 key.

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  2. #32

    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit

    If memory serves me I used a 16 gig recovery thumb drive for my Laptop. That was because I checked the box to copy factory recovery partition to drive. Using that option would allow me to do a factory restore from the thumb drive. After swapping out the factory drive for an SSD though it wouldn't work. I couldn't get to to work anyway, likely because the SSD was a much smaller drive than the factory drive. If you click the wireless icon it the status monitor tray down by the clock you will get a disconnect option. The other way to do it is to turn on airplane mode.
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