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Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.

  1. #21


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rage19420 View Post
    I have 8.1 installed a week ago and just purchased a W8 pro OEM disc. Im to understand that I can change my registration to the key I purchased.

    So then what happens on Oct 18 when I already have the preview installed?
    You will need to Reinstall.

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  2. #22


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post

    You will need to Reinstall.
    You mean reinstall Win 8 and then update to 8.1?
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  3. #23


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rage19420 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post

    You will need to Reinstall.
    You mean reinstall Win 8 and then update to 8.1?
    Yes.
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  4. #24


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    Having a problem with the setup box with an 8.1 pro preview I'm trying to upgrade. The product key works but then I get the We can't connect right now when I click next
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    Quote Originally Posted by BFG View Post
    Having a problem with the setup box with an 8.1 pro preview I'm trying to upgrade. The product key works but then I get the We can't connect right now when I click next
    NO need to connect to the net when using a DVD/USB installer.
    Also with Preview you will need to reinstall Windows.
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  6. #26


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    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BFG View Post
    Having a problem with the setup box with an 8.1 pro preview I'm trying to upgrade. The product key works but then I get the We can't connect right now when I click next
    NO need to connect to the net when using a DVD/USB installer.
    Also with Preview you will need to reinstall Windows.
    I've gone from 8.1 Pro Preview to 8.1 Retail using the Windows Store. No need to reinstall.
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  7. #27


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    Windows 7 Ultimate/Windows 8.1 Professional


    The information here may be helpful:
    Downloading Windows 8.1 using a Windows 8.0 Product Key - Windows 8 - Software & Operating Systems - Dell Community

    I have wrote a means to download Windows 8.1 with a Windows 8.0 Upgrade Product Key.
    In addition I have wrote a means to clean install Windows 8.1 using a generic Windows 8.1 install key and to activate Windows 8.1 using your actual Windows 8.0 key.

    Note I am linking to the Dell Community which links to WordPress because last time I linked to my guides I got banned for blogspam.

    As I don't have a Windows 8.0 system with OEM SLP. I would be interested in knowing whether the last step works. Install Windows 8.1 using the generic install key and then once when Windows 8.1 is installed remove all product keys using slmgr.vbr /upk and then restart your computer to see if the 8.1 install picks up the 8.0 key within the system BIOS?
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  8. #28


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    Quote Originally Posted by Philip Yip View Post
    The information here may be helpful:
    Downloading Windows 8.1 using a Windows 8.0 Product Key - Windows 8 - Software & Operating Systems - Dell Community

    I have wrote a means to download Windows 8.1 with a Windows 8.0 Upgrade Product Key.
    In addition I have wrote a means to clean install Windows 8.1 using a generic Windows 8.1 install key and to activate Windows 8.1 using your actual Windows 8.0 key.

    Note I am linking to the Dell Community which links to WordPress because last time I linked to my guides I got banned for blogspam.

    As I don't have a Windows 8.0 system with OEM SLP. I would be interested in knowing whether the last step works. Install Windows 8.1 using the generic install key and then once when Windows 8.1 is installed remove all product keys using slmgr.vbr /upk and then restart your computer to see if the 8.1 install picks up the 8.0 key within the system BIOS?
    Read post one.
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  9. #29


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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BFG View Post
    Having a problem with the setup box with an 8.1 pro preview I'm trying to upgrade. The product key works but then I get the We can't connect right now when I click next
    NO need to connect to the net when using a DVD/USB installer.
    Also with Preview you will need to reinstall Windows.
    I've gone from 8.1 Pro Preview to 8.1 Retail using the Windows Store. No need to reinstall.
    You can also upgrade using the DVD/USB of Windows 8.1. Without the Microsoft Account.
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  10. #30


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    Windows 7 Ultimate/Windows 8.1 Professional


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Philip Yip View Post
    The information here may be helpful:
    Downloading Windows 8.1 using a Windows 8.0 Product Key - Windows 8 - Software & Operating Systems - Dell Community

    I have wrote a means to download Windows 8.1 with a Windows 8.0 Upgrade Product Key.
    In addition I have wrote a means to clean install Windows 8.1 using a generic Windows 8.1 install key and to activate Windows 8.1 using your actual Windows 8.0 key.

    Note I am linking to the Dell Community which links to WordPress because last time I linked to my guides I got banned for blogspam.

    As I don't have a Windows 8.0 system with OEM SLP. I would be interested in knowing whether the last step works. Install Windows 8.1 using the generic install key and then once when Windows 8.1 is installed remove all product keys using slmgr.vbr /upk and then restart your computer to see if the 8.1 install picks up the 8.0 key within the system BIOS?
    Read post one.
    Read what I wrote again. As I said I have combined this information with a means of downloading Windows 8.1 media using a Windows 8.1 product key and have carried clean installation after secure wipe with DBAN on 2 systems.

    Allow both access to a legitimate installation source and instructing the clean install.
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