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How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

  1. #361


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


    Does anybody know from the instructions of the OP's first post that it will work to use this ISO of Windows 8.1 Pro as a clean install by using a valid Windows 8 Pro upgrade key to activate it,or do you need the full version key?

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  2. #362


    West Sussex, UK
    Posts : 29
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit w/Media Center


    Thx Alpha...... Great bunch of v helpful chaps on this forum. Pedro
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  3. #363


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


    I've downloaded the 8.1 Pro x64 twice now, on two different PC's and both ISO's are the same size, 3,208,960 KB. Just for your information.
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  4. #364


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


    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    Does anybody know from the instructions of the OP's first post that it will work to use this ISO of Windows 8.1 Pro as a clean install by using a valid Windows 8 Pro upgrade key to activate it,or do you need the full version key?
    I do believe you need a full (non upgrade) key to activate.
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  5. #365


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    Does anybody know from the instructions of the OP's first post that it will work to use this ISO of Windows 8.1 Pro as a clean install by using a valid Windows 8 Pro upgrade key to activate it,or do you need the full version key?
    Should work the same as
    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
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  6. #366


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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    Does anybody know from the instructions of the OP's first post that it will work to use this ISO of Windows 8.1 Pro as a clean install by using a valid Windows 8 Pro upgrade key to activate it,or do you need the full version key?
    I do believe you need a full (non upgrade) key to activate.
    This is what i was afraid of,why i asked this.
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  7. #367


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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    Does anybody know from the instructions of the OP's first post that it will work to use this ISO of Windows 8.1 Pro as a clean install by using a valid Windows 8 Pro upgrade key to activate it,or do you need the full version key?
    Should work the same as
    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
    This is how i did it when i upgraded from Windows 7.Question will it work for 8.1 one says it will,one says it won't,hmm
    guessing maybe trial and error on my part
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  8. #368


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


    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    Does anybody know from the instructions of the OP's first post that it will work to use this ISO of Windows 8.1 Pro as a clean install by using a valid Windows 8 Pro upgrade key to activate it,or do you need the full version key?
    Should work the same as
    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
    This is how i did it when i upgraded from Windows 7.Question will it work for 8.1 one says it will,one says it won't,hmm
    guessing maybe trial and error on my part
    You'll have to try it to find out. Or wait to see if anybody else tried it. This all new ground for most of use. My other response was just an educated guess.
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  9. #369


    I've had some many problems with Win 8. First a just got a bad computer and had to take it back and get another one. Then I had problems trying to learn this machine. Finally got a start button and it has been a lot easier for me to learn. Now I want to download 8.1 and I'm scared to do it. I'm afraid it will crash my machine. Is it hard to understand how to use Macrium Reflect to understand what to do, before I download 8.1? I'm a novice using this Win 8. I jumped from Win XP and my age don't help matters any either. I was told that I could choose to do a "Custom Install", because I don't want IE 11. I work with Scripts to make stationary, and IE 11 does not work with it, because you don't have Compatibility. I have an external hard drive with probably 400 gig of space left on it, would that be enough for me to use Macrium Reflect to make a back-up of my machine?


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Jackman33 View Post
    If you have a purchased copy of Win 8, I can upgrade to 8.1 today, but down the road when you have a crash, you can reload 8 but how to you get back to 8.1 without a disk etc? I have upgraded my test machine with 8.1 and now I need to know how I can reinstall the OS after a crash? I don't want to go to 8.1 with my "good" machine if I don't have a good way to reinstall after a crash.

    Sorry for my being so dense!!!!!!!
    You could make an image of all your local drives with Macrium Reflect on a usb drive.
    Then if you have a crash down the road, reinstall everything from the usb drive.

    Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
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  10. #370


    VA USA
    Posts : 349
    W8.1up1 Pro x64 w/media center


    Quote Originally Posted by Sonjstar View Post
    I've had some many problems with Win 8. First a just got a bad computer and had to take it back and get another one. Then I had problems trying to learn this machine. Finally got a start button and it has been a lot easier for me to learn. Now I want to download 8.1 and I'm scared to do it. I'm afraid it will crash my machine. Is it hard to understand how to use Macrium Reflect to understand what to do, before I download 8.1? I'm a novice using this Win 8. I jumped from Win XP and my age don't help matters any either. I was told that I could choose to do a "Custom Install", because I don't want IE 11. I work with Scripts to make stationary, and IE 11 does not work with it, because you don't have Compatibility. I have an external hard drive with probably 400 gig of space left on it, would that be enough for me to use Macrium Reflect to make a back-up of my machine?


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Jackman33 View Post
    If you have a purchased copy of Win 8, I can upgrade to 8.1 today, but down the road when you have a crash, you can reload 8 but how to you get back to 8.1 without a disk etc? I have upgraded my test machine with 8.1 and now I need to know how I can reinstall the OS after a crash? I don't want to go to 8.1 with my "good" machine if I don't have a good way to reinstall after a crash.

    Sorry for my being so dense!!!!!!!
    You could make an image of all your local drives with Macrium Reflect on a usb drive.
    Then if you have a crash down the road, reinstall everything from the usb drive.

    Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
    try this one, its a bit easier and plain english gui interface Free Windows PC & Server Backup Software and Disk Cloning Freeware ? AOMEI Backupper its free.

    I normally use Acronis 2010,but I tried it just to see what it does and it worked OK on W8. If you make a Image backup of your system you'll be able to "restore" the system "as you backed it up", using a restore DVD/CD so its better than doing clean installs, as all your programs and settings will be there as it was when you did the image (backup) .

    That 400 gig drive will be more than able to handle any backup.
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