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Downloading the Windows 8.1 ISO with a Windows 8.0 key

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    Windows 8

    Downloading the Windows 8.1 ISO with a Windows 8.0 key


    I am looking to download an ISO of Windows 8.1 so that, in the future, I do not have to go through the process of first installing Windows 8.0 and then downloading Windows 8.1 and installing it.

    I have found pages on the web dated around April 2014 that describe a process that involves beginning the download for Windows 8.0 ISO, canceling the download after it starts, and then attempting to download Windows 8.1. However, it appears that Microsoft has nullified this trick by since requiring that you put in your Windows 8.1 key when attempting to download the Windows 8.1 ISO.

    I apologize if this has been asked and answered somewhere else, but I could find no solution that is up-to-date. Would really love to be able to skip the process of first installing Windows 8.0 (if possible!).

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Mzima, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you have a "retail" and not "OEM" Windows 8 product key, then you could use OPTION ONE in the tutorial to download a Windows 8.1 ISO file. It still works.

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create
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    Posts : 4
    Windows 8


    By god, that does appear to be working! It turns out that I was waiting too long before canceling the download.

    Much obliged!

    Edit: explanation
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    Posts : 4
    Windows 8


    Just to confirm: will I be able to use my Windows 8.0 retail key to install 8.1 from a bootable 8.1 USB drive?
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Great news.

    Yes, but you will need to install Windows 8.1 with a generic key first. When installation is finished, you would then change the key to your Windows 8 key to activate with.

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
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  7. #7


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    Windows 8


    Thanks guys - nice to have your implicit confirmation that these methods work.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Glad we could help.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 1
    Win 8 pro


    This worked great for me. Made iso and reinstalled using the disk burned. Everything worked great thanks for the help!
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