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Windows 8.1 installation disc for a friend

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 Professional x64

    Windows 8.1 installation disc for a friend


    I have 8.1. For future reinstallation, I downloaded and burned an ISO from here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...-refresh-media

    What I want to know is if this will work for a friend's computer and I can just use his Windows 8 product key to activate it, or is this installation media tied to my product key?

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  2. #2


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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Yes you can use that media on his PC and Yes you can use his windows 8 key..
    As long as the media edition matches the installation key (Pro edition - Pro key) (Core edition - Core Key)
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8.1 Professional x64


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    Yes you can use that media on his PC and Yes you can use his windows 8 key..
    As long as the media edition matches the installation key (Pro edition - Pro key) (Core edition - Core Key)
    Thanks. Is there a way to download a 8.1 Home ISO if he doesn't have a Pro key? Or can I only get the Pro installation media?
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  4. #4


    No, thr 8.1 Pro key will only work with 8.1 Pro AFAIK.
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  5. #5


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Chrono View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    Yes you can use that media on his PC and Yes you can use his windows 8 key..
    As long as the media edition matches the installation key (Pro edition - Pro key) (Core edition - Core Key)
    Thanks. Is there a way to download a 8.1 Home ISO if he doesn't have a Pro key? Or can I only get the Pro installation media?
    Yes, just select "Windows 8.1" instead of "Windows 8.1 Pro" for the Edition. That will download the 8.1 Core edition instead of the Pro edition.
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    You can download and create windows 8.1 media for him (as stated just download windows 8.1 not windows 8.1 pro)
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  7. #7


    Covington, La
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    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    Just a heads up. The mediacreationtool.exe is updated every Month to include MS updates. Depending when you downloaded it you may want to download a fresh copy..

    Jim
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    Just a heads up. The mediacreationtool.exe is updated every Month to include MS updates. Depending when you downloaded it you may want to download a fresh copy..

    Jim
    I know it is updated, didn't think it was every month though? It took a long time to add the last update 2 or 3 or what ever it was called. It would be nice if it was that often though. I'll have to download again and compare it to what I saved last time.
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  9. #9


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    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    The mediacreationtool.exe is updated every Month to include MS updates.
    As far as I know the latest version is November 2014 update rollup.

    edit: Which matches current MSDN ISO releases.
    Last edited by genet; 23 Jul 2015 at 15:44.
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  10. #10


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    The mediacreationtool.exe is updated every Month to include MS updates.
    As far as I know the latest version is November 2014 update rollup.
    That's what I thought as well?
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