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Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.

  1. #51


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    Quote Originally Posted by lucidoobe View Post
    I have an ASUS laptop with Win8. It gives me messages to upgrade to Win8.1. Store will not open, and never has from new. Other apps have never worked including skype. Some apps work.
    I have done purging-refresh of app database, doesn't work.
    I have done complete driver upgrades - store will never open. The laptop will never do a complete system image, many ext drives tried. ASUS denies responsibility claiming hardware is perfect, and denounces MS software. It has been to the technicians at ASUS.

    My query is, if I do an upgrade to Win8.1 using product key, will the system image backup work? I did use refresh initially and had to re-install all software which took days and internet bandwidth. Refresh solved nothing.

    cheers, and may 2014 be what you need.
    I would say NO with all problems you have.

    Best to make your own thread with full details of the problems.

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  2. #52


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    Thanks theog,

    I have been that route right through previously, in at least 2 forums. I tried many steps that were listed, none of which worked. Scannow does come up with errors, purge/refresh apps fails, driver updates, registry cleans etc.

    My action now may go to purchasing Acronis or Norton Ghost, and backing up, before I try putting 8.1 on. Actually, I would not gain a huge amount with 8.1, because if I have success with third party software it is equivalent to a system image. I already have "classic shell" on my laptop to give a "start" button.

    However, if you have success stories of "store" regeneration so that the download works, please let me know.
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  3. #53


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    Quote Originally Posted by lucidoobe View Post
    Thanks theog,

    I have been that route right through previously, in at least 2 forums. I tried many steps that were listed, none of which worked. Scannow does come up with errors, purge/refresh apps fails, driver updates, registry cleans etc.

    My action now may go to purchasing Acronis or Norton Ghost, and backing up, before I try putting 8.1 on. Actually, I would not gain a huge amount with 8.1, because if I have success with third party software it is equivalent to a system image. I already have "classic shell" on my laptop to give a "start" button.

    However, if you have success stories of "store" regeneration so that the download works, please let me know.
    I would look for a 3rd party Partitioning,Backup & Cloning software, which fully supports Windows 8, uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot.
    Which is signed by Microsoft.

    Norton Ghost will not work with Windows 8.
    Take a look at
    Boot Drive Selection Help 8.1?
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  4. #54


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    w8.0

    Mmmm....


    Thanx theog,

    I have some options to pursue now. I'll let you know how I get on.
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  5. #55


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    System Image


    I have finally managed to do a system image for the Win8.0 laptop, plus a repair media DVD.

    I used Macrium, as suggested by another member, and it worked flawlessly. It supports GPT and PE accordingly.

    I feel a lot safer now if anything comes to grief and I need to restore to what I have. However, it now begs the question as to what will be gained by downloading Win8.1 core and installing with my product code? I already have a start button with third party software. If I did this, is there an option to keep already installed programs, like on the "store" upgrade which is inoperative on my laptop?
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  6. #56


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    Solved


    OK, for all people who have jumped through the "fix" hoops and ticked all the boxes like chkdsk, sfc /SCANNOW, Wsreset.exe, task manager settings for altered boots, driver upgrades, bowing down to the great god MS etc etc. try this.

    Make sure that you are an administrator on your machine, and goto "user accounts". Set up another complete user and give it admin rights. Log off and login to the new user. You will have to activate a Microsoft email account in there.

    Goto start and click on "Store". If you have luck on your side, voila! it actually opens, and you see the Windows 8.1 free download. Click on that and then twiddle your thumbs for some hours while it does that, and many other things, until you actually get an installation of Win8.1.

    After the new account loads, log off and login to the old account. See if you can click on "store" there and have success - I did!

    If for some reason when you are back doing the initial download and the whole process goes pear shaped - that's normal too, in my experience with other machines. Somehow the account gets corrupted, and SCANNOW will come up with files that it is unable to repair, on log readouts that are not readily available?

    windir logs cbs cbs.log - Bing

    best of luck. :smile:
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  7. #57


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    Perhaps I missed the procedures, but how do you activate 8.1 with your windows OEM 8 product key?
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  8. #58


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    4) Click on Change product Key.

    Product Key Number - Change in Windows 8
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  9. #59


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    theog, so I can take my recently purchased retail version 8.1 diskand clean install on each of my three oem 8.0 computers and use the product key embeddedin EUFI on the respective computers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill818 View Post
    theog, so I can take my recently purchased retail version 8.1 diskand clean install on each of my three oem 8.0 computers and use the product key embeddedin EUFI on the respective computers?
    If you have the product key for each one.
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