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  1. #21


    Posts : 76
    Windows 8 64-bit OEM Install Upgraded to 8.1 through Store


    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    It's almost impossible to recreate a hash other than from the original source - that's why MSDN lists those for verification
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    To what Superfly said. The odds are it hasn't been modified if the hashes match. It would take uber skills to pull that off, if even possible.
    Thank you both, now it's safe to assume the file is legit (not tempered) as the same hash is posted in How to update Windows 8.1 setup USB with Update 1 by genet

    Please have a look at the screenshot

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    Would I be able to clean install with above mentioned .iso?
    Should I use 334NH-*****-*****-*****-D3VPT or Y9NXP-*****-*****-*****-9D6TC during install?

    I apologize for all this nag, and thanking everyone in advance

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  2. #22


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


    I don't know what the difference is between the two keys you posted is but, If your 8.0 OEM key is a Core key use the Generic 8.1 Core key, if it's pro use the generic 8.1 Pro key. The key you enter determines what version is installed. If you install Pro and then try to switch keys to activate it will not accept a 8.0 Core key and vise versa.
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  3. #23


    Posts : 76
    Windows 8 64-bit OEM Install Upgraded to 8.1 through Store


    I think I'm stuck in endless loop. Please look at the two screenshots and help me decide how to proceed:

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    • From above two screenshots what's your opinion about existing (OEM installed) Windows version - Core or Core Single Language
    • I've the file with below mentioned information - is it suitable for install in my case
      en_windows_8.1_with_update_x64_dvd_4065090.iso
      CRC32: 46BC7825
      MD5: CDADC5A76634651770A365F457702803
      SHA-1: 4652DC6EBFEBE02C6A63E167C36E3FAEDFB93999
    • Which generic key should I use to install - Core: 334NH-*****-*****-*****-D3VPT or Core Single Language: Y9NXP-*****-*****-*****-9D6TC
    • Would I be able to activate with embedded OEM key (I've retrieved)

    Thank you
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  4. #24


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    hi , it doesn't show core because there are only 2 version sold to non business consumers, win8 and win8 pro , so if it doesn't say pro ,then it core .as for single language, it means just that ,to have more language options you would have to install the language pack ,like in the link below.hope this helps a bit ,
    Language packs - Microsoft Windows
    Quote Originally Posted by asvent View Post
    Right. The two would be identical except for the number of languages you could switch between without an additional download. The single language would be useful for very low end devices where there's very little storage and you want to cut the size of the OS footprint as much as possible.
    Let's just clarify this:
    • In Windows 8 & 8.1 and Windows 8 Pro / 8.1 Pro the display language can be changed by downloading and installing a language pack. It is for instance possible to buy an Italian Windows 8 / 8.1 and transfer it to Hungarian using a language pack.
    • Downloading and installing language packs in Windows 8 / 8.1 Single Language is not possible, they can only be used in their original (single) language. If you buy a Portuguese Windows 8 Single Language, it will always remain Portuguese, its display language cannot be changed, language packs cannot be installed.
    • Single Language and Core versions need their own version specific product keys. A Single Language product key does not work in Core version and vice versa.

    Kari
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  5. #25


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    thanks for the clarification ,I guess I should be more careful what I take for granted .
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  6. #26


    Posts : 76
    Windows 8 64-bit OEM Install Upgraded to 8.1 through Store


    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    Let's just clarify this:
    • In Windows 8 & 8.1 and Windows 8 Pro / 8.1 Pro the display language can be changed by downloading and installing a language pack. It is for instance possible to buy an Italian Windows 8 / 8.1 and transfer it to Hungarian using a language pack.
    In my case I really don't care about language pack as long as I could get English US


    • Single Language and Core versions need their own version specific product keys. A Single Language product key does not work in Core version and vice versa.
    This is where I'm in a jam and need help, please see the first screenshot Windows 8.1 Single Language (no mention of word Core), the second screenshot EditionID: CoreSingleLanguage, ProductName: Windows 8.1 Single Language

    Which generic key should I use to install - Core: 334NH-*****-*****-*****-D3VPT or Core Single Language: Y9NXP-*****-*****-*****-9D6TC

    I've the file with below mentioned information - is it suitable for install in my case
    en_windows_8.1_with_update_x64_dvd_4065090.iso
    CRC32: 46BC7825
    MD5: CDADC5A76634651770A365F457702803
    SHA-1: 4652DC6EBFEBE02C6A63E167C36E3FAEDFB93999

    Thanks Kari I appreciate your help and patience and apologize for being so dumb
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  7. #27


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by gaming View Post
    This is where I'm in a jam and need help, please see the first screenshot Windows 8.1 Single Language (no mention of word Core), the second screenshot EditionID: CoreSingleLanguage, ProductName: Windows 8.1 Single Language
    As far as I know the Core is not an official term used by Microsoft but instead it is just a word Windows users call the basic version of Windows 8 and 8.1. The Core version simply means it's not Pro or Enterprise but the most basic version of Windows 8 & 8.1. Forget the whole word, the only important fact for you is if you have a Windows 8.1 Single Language version or not. If yes use Windows 8.1 Single Language product key, if not use Windows 8.1 product key or Windows 8.1 Pro product key respectively.

    Windows 8 & 8.1 Single Language is always a "Core" version. It is useless to speculate about which product key to use with it: it only accepts Windows 8 (or 8.1) Single Language product keys.

    Product keys are edition and version specific. To install and activate a Windows 8.1 Single Language you need a Windows 8.1 Single Language product key.
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  8. #28


    Posts : 76
    Windows 8 64-bit OEM Install Upgraded to 8.1 through Store


    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    Windows 8 & 8.1 Single Language is always a "Core" version. It is useless to speculate about which product key to use: it only accepts Windows 8 (or 8.1) Single Language product keys.
    Again question remains why are two separate generic install key?

    Product keys are edition and version specific. To install and activate a Windows 8.1 Single Language you need a Windows 8.1 Single Language product key.
    Well the laptop came installed with Windows 8 (OEM) that I upgraded through store - unfortunately at that time I never cared about version rather only after news started circulating that those having OEM Windows 8 could head for clean install of 8.1 with generic key that could be activated with original OEM 8 key

    Anyway I will give it a shot, in worst scenario I have to restore with recovery USB and go through store to upgrade to 8.1 will get back after weekend

    Thank you
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  9. #29


    Quote Originally Posted by gaming View Post

    Click image for larger version

    Would I be able to clean install with above mentioned .iso?
    Should I use 334NH-*****-*****-*****-D3VPT or Y9NXP-*****-*****-*****-9D6TC during install?

    I apologize for all this nag, and thanking everyone in advance
    You will need the above iso and the generic CoreSingleLanguage=Y9NXP-*****-*****-*****-9D6TC key to install - then activate with the key you have retrieved from the bios.

    The en_windows_8.1_with_update_x64_dvd_4065090.iso uses 334NH-*****-*****-*****-D3VPT - your single language key will not activate that installation.

    To confirm what has already been said...

    Windows 8.x (aka Core) and Windows 8.x CoreSingleLanguage are different editions and therefore each require different keys - much like Windows 8 requires a different key from Windows 8.1 (for installation anyway)

    Hope this helps and good luck.

    PS I'm assuming you have a CSL key, if unsure - see here:

    Windows Activation issue/error
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  10. #30


    Posts : 76
    Windows 8 64-bit OEM Install Upgraded to 8.1 through Store


    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    The en_windows_8.1_with_update_x64_dvd_4065090.iso uses 334NH-*****-*****-*****-D3VPT - your single language key will not activate that installation.
    Meaning I were running like a monkey to grab download I thought there's only one build - it's the key that determines version to be installed

    To confirm what has already been said...

    Windows 8.x (aka Core) and Windows 8.x CoreSingleLanguage are different editions and therefore each require different keys - much like Windows 8 requires a different key from Windows 8.1 (for installation anyway)

    Hope this helps and good luck.
    Thank you will update
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