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  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1

    Use Different product Key


    I Had Windows 8 Pro with Media Center Installed, I did the Upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro via the Windows Store (silly me ) and of course i soon found out that i could not Create a Rescue/Recovery disc as i usually do, I contacted Microsoft and was told that i cannot create an Removable Recovery disk and if i had problems i had to reinstall Windows 8 then re-do the upgrade to 8.1 .

    I followed the Windows Eight Forums tutorial on how to get a Legitimate copy of the Windows 8.1 .iso, it worked brilliantly, I now have Windows 8.1 on DVD.

    I think i might have made a mistake when i entered the Product code in the download Windows 8 step ( i used my genuine Windows 8 key ), But when i originally installed Windows 8 after a week or so i took advantage of Microsofts offer to install Windows Media Centre for $9.00 ( i think ) and i when i had installed it i got a different Product key to the one i installed with.

    The Windows 8.1 on DVD is using the original Windows 8 Key, So If some Catastrophe befalls my Laptop and i have to do a reinstall (clean...?) Once i have done the reinstall can i then change the Product Key to the one i'm using now (Media Center). Or will i have to re=download WMC again.

    Sorry for being long winded...

    Cheers
    Jeepers

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  2. #2


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    You could image your drives & avoid all that.

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  3. #3


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    You could image your drives & avoid all that.

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    I have Macrium (Free) installed, but i all i want is some sort Rescue/Recovery DVD, i did an Image of my drive and it was 72Gb. I have 3 partitions - a 1.4Gb System partition (with no drive letter) a 64Gb partition( C: ) and a 10Gb Recovery partition (no drive letter).

    If i just copied the 1.4Gb and the 10GB partitions to a 16Gb USB drive, would that allow me to do a clean install if something went wrong with my HDD and i had to format and reinstall.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Your specs say Toshiba Qosmio F750.
    I take it this a Pre-installed with Windows 7.

    If i just copied the 1.4Gb and the 10GB partitions to a 16Gb USB drive, would that allow me to do a clean install if something went wrong with my HDD and i had to format and reinstall.
    NO.

    The Toshiba Recovery DVD's will reinstall Windows 7.
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  5. #5


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    You can install Windows 8.1 and activate with your 8 product code. Then add Media Center though add features just like you did originally. Windows 8 and 8.1 will not accept a Media Center key during the install.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Thank You All very much for the helpful replies.
    theog...Yes when i bought the Laptop it had Win 7 pre-installed, with the option to upgrade to Win 8 Pro when it was released,which i did and added the media Center for $9.99.
    I thought that when i upgraded to Win 8 it would also upgrade the recovery partition on the HDD...? So would it not also have been upgraded when i installed Win 8.1 from the Store.
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    Alphanumeric, thank you I did not even think of that.

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    The Toshiba Recovery Partition is for the Pre-installed OS, yours is Windows 7 only.

    For a Toshiba Recovery Partition to be Windows 8.1, you would need buy a Toshiba with Windows 8.1 Pre-installed.
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  8. #8


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    From what I'm reading Upgrading from 8.0 to 8.1 though the store usually brakes the factory recovery partition functionality. Your recovery would have been for Windows 7 anyway. What did you get in the way of Windows 8 install media? If it was custom OEM install media from the PC manufacturer it may have created a Windows 8 factory recovery partition. If your Windows 8 product code is a full retail code you can download 8.1 via this, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create. Then Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.. And then enter your MC key though the add features. Add Features to Windows 8
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  9. #9


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    I,m Slowly getting this....
    Alphanumeric...I downloaded Windows 8 Pro from Microsoft ( not the Windows Store ) using the code on the upgrade offer i got when i bought the Laptop and afterwards ordered the Windows 8 Discs from them.
    I have a retail Windows 8 key and have all ready downloaded the 8.1 iso to DVD, I have a fully activated Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center that i'm using on the Laptop now.

    So if i am reading this right the recovery partition on the HDD is still a Windows 7 , if so its no good to me now that i have 8.1 installed, so it should be safe to delete it......? I also have a 3.05Gb ESD folder on the C: drive and i should be able to delete that as well....?. If i have to reinstall Windows for any reason i can use the 8.1 DVD cant i....?

    I was quite happy using Windows and Creating a recovery disc whenever i upgraded, until now, Microsoft have changed the way of upgrading the O/S and seen not fit to allow users to create recovery media.

    cheers
    Jeepers
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  10. #10


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by jeepers View Post
    I,m Slowly getting this....
    Alphanumeric...I downloaded Windows 8 Pro from Microsoft ( not the Windows Store ) using the code on the upgrade offer i got when i bought the Laptop and afterwards ordered the Windows 8 Discs from them.
    I have a retail Windows 8 key and have all ready downloaded the 8.1 iso to DVD, I have a fully activated Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center that i'm using on the Laptop now.

    So if i am reading this right the recovery partition on the HDD is still a Windows 7 , if so its no good to me now that i have 8.1 installed, so it should be safe to delete it......? I also have a 3.05Gb ESD folder on the C: drive and i should be able to delete that as well....?. If i have to reinstall Windows for any reason i can use the 8.1 DVD cant i....?

    I was quite happy using Windows and Creating a recovery disc whenever i upgraded, until now, Microsoft have changed the way of upgrading the O/S and seen not fit to allow users to create recovery media.

    cheers
    Jeepers
    If you've burned the 8.1 DVD, yes you can delete the ESD folder. Your factory recovery partition is useless too so it can go. If you buy a Retail version of Windows your DVD is your recovery media. If your Windows is pre installed OEM, its up to the OEM manufacturer to provide recovery media or a means of creating the recovery media. You can clean install 8.1 from the DVD, just keep in mind that it won't accept your 8 product code for installation. You'll have to install with a generic 8.1 code and then activate with your 8 code. Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.
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