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How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

  1. #581


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    It doesn't work with oem key. Retail only.

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  2. #582


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    It doesn't work with oem key. Retail only.
    This really needs to be made clear someplace on the forum How badly OEM people are screwed.
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  3. #583


    Posts : 6
    win 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    It doesn't work with oem key. Retail only.
    This really needs to be made clear someplace on the forum How badly OEM people are screwed.
    i don't even see any win 8 retail on tigerdirect.ca only oem.. looks like tigerdirect.com has both though. guess i shoulda looked at more places.
    i ended up formating the drive with a win 7 dvd and then 8 installed and activated fine. in process of running through all the updates now. thanks to everyone that tried to help.
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  4. #584


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


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    It doesn't work with oem key. Retail only.
    This really needs to be made clear someplace on the forum How badly OEM people are screwed.
    I really don't get why OEM keys are blocked for that download? Technically with OEM your supposed to go to the original equipment manufacturer for tech support but still? It appears the ones that need that download the most are the ones that are left out in the cold.
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  5. #585


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


    The first OEM manufacturer's PC I had, was Window 3.1, which came with a OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app to make Recovery Floppy disks.

    Why people DO NOT MAKE the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks, is unknown.
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  6. #586


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    The first OEM manufacturer's PC I had, was Window 3.1, which came with a OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app to make Recovery Floppy disks.

    Why people DO NOT MAKE the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks, is unknown.
    I think I know why ,they just cant be bothered !!

    I been around computer for years ,I took a real interest in my first 386/win3.11,learning on my own how to use it ,take it apart repair it ,ect ect ,the rest of my family and my wife's family bought them too,used them ,but never took the interest like I did ,that was back in 1996,
    I still have to create there recovery media for most if not all of them [ some of them are school teachers ,lawyers ,legal aids ,electrician and business owners .ect ect ] not stupid people by no means .
    I remove all viruses and reinstall windows when needed and help them copy pics off cameras ,basically they just know how to surf the net ,for the most part I think most are just to lazy to learn how to do it all ,you have to admit it take a lot of time to master most of it
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  7. #587


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    It doesn't matter why. The fact is many people don't.
    Or maybe they did and they got lost/damaged, some oem's only allow you to run off one set. Even if they have them, they won't always work and/or are filled with crapware.

    The availability of isos from digital river for win7 has a been a big help to consumers. That means it has been good for MS.
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  8. #588


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


    Some just don't know what it is or why they should do it. They assume they can just hit the F key and do it if need be, so why mess with making CD's/DVD's. I'll do it latter and never do. etc, etc. On my new ASUS laptop there was no utility to do it, my only option was to use the Windows 8 Recovery Utility in Control Panel to make a recovery thumb drive. You were in on that thread so you know what I'm talking about.
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  9. #589


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


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    It doesn't matter why. The fact is many people don't.
    Or maybe they did and they got lost/damaged, some oem's only allow you to run off one set. Even if they have them, they won't always work and/or are filled with crapware.

    The availability of isos from digital river for win7 has a been a big help to consumers. That means it has been good for MS.
    More times than not when I get a PC to work on for friends or family, and ask where are the original Disks that came with it, I get that look that you all know. Disks, what disks?
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  10. #590


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Yes.It appears to be getting worse. On these smaller portable things MS wants them to push out, they are tight for disk space as well.

    Aside from that, I recently looked at the thing Sony supply. Unbelievable amount of resource hogging crapware on that.

    The per unit margins are so thin, oems have to make money from including this junk. If they weren't stung by the license fee, they wouldn't need to.
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