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    Back to Windows 8 OEM from Vista


    I had Windows 8 already installed on my laptop when I bought it three years ago but, stupidly, didn't create an installation disk.

    I recently updated to 10 but think a virus caused it to blue screen to a stage where it couldn't even reboot. I then had to revert back to an old installation of Vista I had lying around.

    But now I want to update back to 8 at least and can't do this without buying Windows 8, according to Micorsoft's website:

    Upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows Vista or Windows XP - Windows Help

    There surely has to be a way around this considering I have a Windows 8 OEM key embedded in the computer.

    Any suggestions much appreciated.

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


    You can get install media here, Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help that will automatically use the OEM embedded key, 8.0 or 8.1 keys. You just have to know what version of Windows 8 your embedded key is for. This utility will show you, Showkey - Windows 10 Forums


    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create
    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
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    It won't let me because I'm currently on Vista.

    I currently get this message when I go to install the media creation tool:

    Upgrade Assistant can only be started from Windows 7. Windows 8.1 is not designed for installtion on devices running Windows XP or Vista.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Hm, that throws a wrinkle into things. Do you have a friend who could download an ISO for you? I' don't know of another official source, other than MSDN. You need a subscription to download from MSDN. The only other option I ca think of is to order a set of recovery disks from the manufacturer.
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    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    You need to get either a Windows 7 or 8 disk. There is a link in the tutorials that Brink put up for 8. You will still need a license.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    You need to get either a Windows 7 or 8 disk. There is a link in the tutorials that Brink put up for 8. You will still need a license.
    Except -- the only option in the link that would give them what they need is Option #1 -- and as they already said, they can't run the Media Creation tool as it requires Win7 or newer.
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    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    Making the install media is easy to do. Rufus will do it.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Making the install media is easy to do. Rufus will do it.
    Not if you don't have an ISO? If you can't run the Media Creation Tool you can't download any media.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Factory recovery disks from manufacturer perhaps ?
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    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    I found the link on Microsoft.com for just Windows 8 Upgrade Media creation. Upgrade Windows with only a product key - Windows Help It may or may not work with the OEM install on the computer. I opt for Blackmagic1 to just call the mfg for the restore discs. They are usually around $15 for shipping.
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