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Downloading Iso when windows 8.1 is pre-installed?

  1. #1

    Downloading Iso when windows 8.1 is pre-installed?


    Hey guys,

    I bought a Razer Blade 14" laptop last week and it comes pre-installed with windows 8.1 core

    Im looking for a way to download the windows 8.1 core x64 iso so that i can format the laptop and reset the partitions of the ssd (14GB is allocated to the system restore)

    after much googling i saw that people have been getting an iso through using their windows 8 key, but mine is straight up 8.1 so after trying the method it did not work.

    Any ideas?

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    I'm guessing the fact that Windows 8.1 was preinstalled on the laptop, means that it's an OEM key (no doubt embedded in the BIOS).

    This means that you don't have a retail key which is what is needed Upgrade Windows with only a product key - Microsoft Windows Help to download the installer for Windows 8.1 (which lets you create an ISO).
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    That trick download you were looking at won't work with OEM keys only Retail keys are accepted. The embedded keys are OEM keys. It's a shame really as you can install and activate with the OEM keys you just can't download the install files to make the ISO.
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    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Have you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8





    You can make a Microsoft Recovery USB Drive
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    warning   Warning
    Deleting the Recovery Partition is NOT RECOMMENDED


    warning   Warning
    I personally DO NOT RECOMMEND using this METHOD above, as of the ERRORS you may receive below with the Microsoft Recovery USB Drive.You would be best off using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or Recovery USB drive.




    I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
    or
    You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.





    The Windows Recovery USB drive & Recovery Partition can be very problematic, I recommend you also make a Windows System Image.

    System Image - Create in Windows 8

    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

    System Image Recovery - Restore Image on Computer in Windows 8

    or
    look for a 3rd party ,Backup software, which fully supports Windows 8, uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot.
    Which is signed by Microsoft.
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    There is a rumor MS will be making the installation media available. Unless or until that happens, people will keep fishing on the interweb thingy.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    It's a shame really as It seems to me that its the people with OEM installs that really need the ISO.
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  7. #7


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    There is a rumor MS will be making the installation media available. Unless or until that happens, people will keep fishing on the interweb thingy.
    Newegg.com still has the media only advertised, but has removed the original $14.99 price. And it's now called backup media (no key) instead of media only (no key).
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