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How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

  1. #171


    Queens, NYC
    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64


    jds63: Do not buy, you don't need to!

    The ISO you get following the OP's simple process gets you the RTM ISO! I used it to upgrade both my workstation and convertible tablet using their official 8.0 keys to activate them. Everything is legit. We're just getting a round-about way of getting the RTM ISO. So you have the ISO for insurance later, just use a generic key to install (I used XHQ8N-C3MCJ-RQXB6-WCHYG-C9WKB for 8.1 x64 Pro) and your official 8.0 key to activate 8.1.

    My workstation is a quite elaborate installation and it migrated everything without a hitch. Make sure you have Win 8 up-to-date.

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  2. #172


    Queens, NYC
    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64


    Quote Originally Posted by Duckface View Post
    I keep getting this
    "Download did not complete successfully
    The download task did not complete
    Unspecified error"

    And a Finish box at the bottom to click on.
    Well, Windows doesn't like Macs. Get a real PC . Just kidding. But who knows what's going on under the emulation you use.
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  3. #173


    Manchester, UK
    Posts : 113
    OS X / Windows 8.1 Pro / Ubuntu 13.10


    I've had real pc's - that's why I've got a Mac
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  4. #174


    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Wait,i already have Windows pro 64 bit installed,so for now i would use generic just to download,then when i update my own key?
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  5. #175


    Queens, NYC
    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64


    That's correct. Use the generic key to do the install, then use the real 8.0 Pro you have to activate Windows 8.1.

    Some clarification: to do the download follow the OP's instructions, which starts 2 downloads, first 8.0 with your 8.0 key which you abort when it starts, then immediately the 8.1 download as per instructions.

    Once you have the download, use the generic 8.1 key to install, and the real 8.0 key to activate.
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  6. #176


    Queens, NYC
    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64


    Quote Originally Posted by Duckface View Post
    I've had real pc's - that's why I've got a Mac
    As they say, different strokes for different folks. As long as we're all happy with what we use, life's good .
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  7. #177


    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by DJG View Post
    That's correct. Use the generic key to do the install, then use the real 8.0 Pro you have to activate Windows 8.1.

    Some clarification: to do the download follow the OP's instructions, which starts 2 downloads, first 8.0 with your 8.0 key which you abort when it starts, then immediately the 8.1 download as per instructions.

    Once you have the download, use the generic 8.1 key to install, and the real 8.0 key to activate.
    Yes,but one question my PC did not come with Windows 8 pro i bought an upgrade disc at time.So when i wanted to do a clean install i had to use that registry method to get it activated was posted here at the time.Will this effect me from OP's first post?
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  8. #178


    Queens, NYC
    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64


    I upgraded from Win 7 Home Premium to 8.0 Pro with the upgrade disc and a clean install, no problems. Why did you have to mess with the registry? In any case, the 8.0 upgrade disc key is what I used for the 8.1 activation and it had no problems.

    You should do an image backup of your current partition so you can always revert if you run into problems, but if you have a valid 8.0 upgrade disc key from MS you should be fine.
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  9. #179


    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by DJG View Post
    I upgraded from Win 7 Home Premium to 8.0 Pro with the upgrade disc and a clean install, no problems. Why did you have to mess with the registry? In any case, the 8.0 upgrade disc key is what I used for the 8.1 activation and it had no problems.

    You should do an image backup of your current partition so you can always revert if you run into problems, but if you have a valid 8.0 upgrade disc key from MS you should be fine.
    DJG it would not activate when i was done doing clean install,was only choice was all over internet as the way to do it,even posted here.Another method was phone activation at time worked for some.Otherwise i could not activate it at the time.

    Well if i try this i am just getting all my thoughts and questions in first,being prepared.ty fellow NYe'r
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  10. #180


    Queens, NYC
    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64


    And that's the right thing to do jds63 . Every case has differences. Interesting about the 8.0 upgrade clean install. I had no problems and so did not do much research. I was very active in Seven Forums back when 7 was coming out even doing torrents, but as you can see from my # of posts I just got back in forum mode for 8.1 to share my experiences and maybe give something back for the good info I got here.

    Break a leg! (break a port?)
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