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Why is 8.1 asking for a key on my laptop with BIOS key?

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    Why is 8.1 asking for a key on my laptop with BIOS key?


    I have a new W8 laptop and have acquired Windows 8.1 RTM. The install, unlike the W8 install, prompts me for a key. When I installed W8, the installer simply picked up the key stored in the BIOS, as there was no prompt.

    Now, however, in 8.1, there is a prompt, and of course I have no way of obtaining the actual key in the BIOS. Is there a way to either force it to pick the key somehow, or is the true way to read the encrypted key in the BIOS so as to enter that at the prompt?

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    You need a Windows 8.1 product key to install from the Windows 8.1 DVD.
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    Windows 8.1


    Windows 8 users, attempting to install Win 8.1 RTM, are required to enter a "unique" key during the installation process. This is similar to the 8.1 (non-RTM) install which also requires a key but that key happens to be generic and available to everyone at the ISO download site. Unfortunately, the 8.1 RTM keys are only available to selected groups. Read more about the installation requirements here and good luck.

    Windows 8.1 RTM: What's new, what's next? | ZDNet
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    I think it's been reported that you just have to ignore that screen requesting the key (just click next) - the key will be picked up during installation as usual - you will then just need to activate online...
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    I think it's been reported that you just have to ignore that screen requesting the key (just click next) - the key will be picked up during installation as usual - you will then just need to activate online...
    Can you provide a reference for that information please?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    Not sure what was required to "activate online" after installation. I'll ask the OP to respond to this thread. Thanks for the link.
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    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    Not sure what was required to "activate online" after installation. I'll ask the OP to respond to this thread. Thanks for the link.
    The notion that a separate key is required coincides with my experience. You can't bypass the key prompt by simply pressing "next". So, what is the difference between the ISO and RTM? I have an ISO of the RTM. Thanks to those who have responded.
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    As you have a OEM manufacturer's installed Windows 8 , you can UPDATE from the 18 October to Windows 8.1 from the MS Store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    I think it's been reported that you just have to ignore that screen requesting the key (just click next) - the key will be picked up during installation as usual - you will then just need to activate online...
    Except ... there is NO option to do this! Without a valid key, the install will not continue.
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