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how can i perform a fresh install of windows 8.1?

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    how can i perform a fresh install of windows 8.1?


    i already have the 8.1 ISO, but i have done the fresh install yet as you need a 8.1 product key. however, i have seen other people who have done a fresh install of 8.1 without using a product key. i just thought this site could help me.
    thanks

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    i have seen other people who have done a fresh install of 8.1 without using a product key.
    Can you give us an example (eg, link to) any examples of how that was done? I had to use two keys. One generic key for the downloaded ISO (to do the actual installation) and then my legitimate Win 8 Pro product key to activate the installation after completion. So, going from two keys down to no keys would be a really cool process to understand:

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Download the Windows 8.1 Pro ISO using the WindowsSetupBox.exe from Upgrade Windows with only a product key - Microsoft Windows Help. Use the "Trick" to get the Windows 8 Pro Product Key to be accepted by the Windows 8.1 installer.

    I found that the Windows 7 platform works every time, whether a real or virtual Windows 7 Machine (tested with 7 Home Premium 64 (real) and 7 Enterprise 32 Virtual on VMWare Player. I cannot get it to work on a real 8.1 update upgrade done via the Windows Store.

    To install, I used the Windows 8.1 Professional product key (GCRJD-etc.) from here:

    Appendix A: KMS Client Setup Keys

    With VMWare Easy Install, where the product key and user details can be added at the beginning to run the install unattended, it takes about 40 minutes to install as a VM on a not very fast laptop with a Windows 8.1 host.

    Activation should be done with your Windows 8 Pro product key.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
    Download the Windows 8.1 Pro ISO using the WindowsSetupBox.exe from Upgrade Windows with only a product key - Microsoft Windows Help. Use the "Trick" to get the Windows 8 Pro Product Key to be accepted by the Windows 8.1 installer.

    I found that the Windows 7 platform works every time, whether a real or virtual Windows 7 Machine (tested with 7 Home Premium 64 (real) and 7 Enterprise 32 Virtual on VMWare Player. I cannot get it to work on a real 8.1 update upgrade done via the Windows Store.

    To install, I used the Windows 8.1 Professional product key (GCRJD-etc.) from here:

    Appendix A: KMS Client Setup Keys

    With VMWare Easy Install, where the product key and user details can be added at the beginning to run the install unattended, it takes about 40 minutes to install as a VM on a not very fast laptop with a Windows 8.1 host.

    Activation should be done with your Windows 8 Pro product key.
    so you have successfully done a fresh install of windows 8.1? that product key will work when i do a remove and reinstall windows operation?
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    Portsmouth Hants
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    I have performed the 8.1 ISO download twice, once for 32-bit, once for 64-bit. I only have a single license for Windows 8, but the same key works for the ISO download (I originally downloaded the Windows 8 upgrade ISO in both 32-and 64-bit formats last year with the same key). Nothing in the EULA against that.

    I have installed the 32-bit 8.1 ISO download once in a VM, to a running state, but have not activated it - since my licensed product key is in use. I have satisfied myself that if this PC fails tomorrow, I will be able to install Windows 8.1 Pro and WMC on another machine, having the installation media and the methodology to do it.
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    Take a look at the bottom of post one of the above.
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