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How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

  1. #621


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    Windows 10


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    How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key. -> link


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    If you use an OEM product key, you will receive This product key cannot be used to install a retail version of Windows 8 (see screenshot below).

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    If you use a retail product key and you are ready to download Windows 8 (see screenshots below).

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    If you use a retail product key and you receive an error message We can't connect right now (see screenshots below), then you have a blocked retail product key and you can't do anything about it.

    NOTE: Microsoft limit the amount of downloads you can use per product key.

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    You have entered invalid product key, if you receive an error message: This product key didn't work. Check it and try again. (see screenshot below)

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    Last edited by genet; 28 Nov 2014 at 17:40.

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  2. #622


    Australia
    Posts : 716
    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    #theog: Yes but it doesn't say it is retail. I can buy a full version of W8.1 in Perth West Australia from any one of a number of retail stores, but none of them have a retail version ... they're all OEM. And Win 8.1 Pro OEM is listed at $175A. So I'd imagine the link you sent me is for OEM W8.1?

    As you can see in this pic from PLE Computers there is no retail version listed.


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    As I explained, when I followed your earlier link to the MS download centre, it said my key could not download the software.

    https://www7.media.microsoftstore.co...?culture=en-GB

    #genet: Where did you get a Win 8 or 8.1 retail key from?

    Since I can still install Win8 from my disk, I'm assuming my key is simply one that won't work on any of the download sites.

    Everyone keeps talking about retail product keys, but I can't even find one to buy if I wanted to.
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  3. #623


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
    #genet: Where did you get a Win 8 or 8.1 retail key from?
    Windows 8 $15 Upgrade Offer

    Windows 8 $15 upgrade registration ends Thursday | Microsoft - CNET News
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
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  5. #625


    Australia
    Posts : 716
    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
    #genet: Where did you get a Win 8 or 8.1 retail key from?
    Windows 8 $15 Upgrade Offer

    Windows 8 $15 upgrade registration ends Thursday | Microsoft - CNET News
    That is an upgrade from Win7. And I'd imagine would be like for like, meaning you would only get retail if your Win7 was retail?

    It didn't say retail version in the article.

    It did say you could create an ISO image though.

    In any case, none of the alternatives suggested in this site or in Brink's tutorial worked, so further discussion is probably time wasted.

    Pity we don't get that deal shown in your last post in Aussie. Even so, my mission was to get a free ISO for 8.1 which can't be done with my key. End of story.

    I notice NovaTech only offer OEM versions in the link you posted. And after converting English pounds into A$ the price would probably be in the same ball park as PLE prices. PC World don't say if OEM or Retail.
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  6. #626


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    Last edited by genet; 28 Nov 2014 at 16:56.
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  7. #627


    Australia
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    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    My version is Win8.1 Pro. Those keys posted show Win8. Would they get me Win 8.1 Pro?
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  8. #628


    Australia
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    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    Sorry repeated post above
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  9. #629


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
    My version is Win8.1 Pro. Those keys posted show Win8. Would they get me Win 8.1 Pro?
    My TechNet ISO's are multi edition, they can install Core or Pro depending on what product code you enter during the install. I'm pretty sure Retail DVD's work the same way. There isn't a Core only DVD and a Pro only DVD.
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  10. #630


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
    My version is Win8.1 Pro. Those keys posted show Win8. Would they get me Win 8.1 Pro?
    My TechNet ISO's are multi edition, they can install Core or Pro depending on what product code you enter during the install. I'm pretty sure Retail DVD's work the same way. There isn't a Core only DVD and a Pro only DVD.
    I think that's what mine is cuz it showed this near the beginning of the install and I don't recall ever seeing this option:
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