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How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

  1. #371


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


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post

    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.
    Note that although you may previously purchase a legit Windows 8 product key, the product key is unlikely able to be used to install or upgrade to Windows 8.1. Hence you will need the following product key to initiate the install or upgrade:


    Windows 8 (core): 334NH-RXG76-64THK-C7CKG-D3VPT

    Windows 8 PRO: XHQ8N-C3MCJ-RQXB6-WCHYG-C9WKB


    The keys above will let you install 8.1, but that's all it does. After installation is complete, you will still have to activate with your own Windows 8 key.

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  2. #372


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    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post

    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.
    It's o.k. thanks,it's how i have learned is from trying.I can always redo the Windows 8 install if it fails,done it many times before.
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  3. #373


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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by HOODY View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post

    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.
    Note that although you may previously purchase a legit Windows 8 product key, the product key is unlikely able to be used to install or upgrade to Windows 8.1. Hence you will need the following product key to initiate the install or upgrade:


    Windows 8 (core): 334NH-RXG76-64THK-C7CKG-D3VPT

    Windows 8 PRO: XHQ8N-C3MCJ-RQXB6-WCHYG-C9WKB


    The keys above will let you install 8.1, but that's all it does. After installation is complete, you will still have to activate with your own Windows 8 key.
    Thanks and Yes i knew the other info,but with a Windows 8 upgrade key was the question,i do not have a full version key?
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  4. #374


    SIW2, thanks. That key is accepted but now I get We can't connect right now. Tried many times with UAC enabled and disabled, same response. Also with Defender and Firewall disabled, same result.
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  5. #375


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    @Ztruker.

    I think you need to delete the Websetup folder. Users/username/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Websetup

    Then start again.
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  6. #376


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Works ok with an upgrade key for me.

    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.
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  7. #377


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    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Works ok with an upgrade key for me.

    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.
    Good to know SIW2,thanks

    Saw this on technet site:
    To install a client setup key, open an administrative command prompt on the client, type slmgr /ipk <setup key> and press ENTER.
    or this on another:
    Activate Windows 8.1

    - After install, connect to internet.

    - Run the following commands from an elevated command prompt ( Win + X key Command Prompt (Admin) ).
    ( [ENTER] means press the Enter key ):

    slmgr -upk
    [ENTER] (this removes the install key)

    slmgr -ipk +CDKEY
    [ENTER]
    (the +CDKEY is your original, legitimate CD Key with dashes. XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX. Do not use the plus sign.)

    slmgr -ato
    [ENTER] (this starts online activation)

    Guess just another way enter key to activate!
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  8. #378


    Thanks SIW2, I'll try that next.

    Nope, same error.
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  9. #379


    Posts : 27
    Win 8 Pro (WMC) originally; updated to 8.1 prowmc through store

    still "can't connect at this moment"


    I am using MTNL broadband (Mumbai, india); yesterday I was able to download ~1gb of updates for windows 8 for offline updates; (btw my windows 8 is uptodate already)

    i have bought an online retail voucher from Singapore for downloading Windows8.1; when i go to the site, i get confirmation, saying the key is ok, proceed to next;

    then it says, just a little longer, we collecting necessary files; and then "can't connect at this moment"

    (there is no esd folder either in the root or windows; i have cleared the Websetup folder umpteen times, rebooted the machine to no avail

    when i tried from XP, it says it can download only from windows 7 or 8 operating system only; (but i have paid not for upgrade but direct purchase); i am at tether's end;

    any real working suggestion?

    regards
    neelakantan
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  10. #380


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro With Media Center


    I just completed clean install using the ISO. I was able to swap key and activate using my Pro Upgrade key. I have not decided if I am going to install Media Center yet on this box. Thanks again to the OP and contributors to this thread.
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