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windows 8.1 install fail from product key

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 pro

    windows 8.1 install fail from product key


    i have a problem switching from windows 7 home premium to window 8.1

    this is the problem

    any idea of what to do?
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  2. #2


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Are you using a Windows 8 or a Windows 8.1 key?
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8 Professional


    I was just researching this , and in order for you to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 , you must download the official
    Upgrade assistance from the Microsoft website.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 pro


    im using windows 7 home premium trying to go to 8.1
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  5. #5


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    Quote Originally Posted by skits559 View Post
    im using windows 7 home premium trying to go to 8.1
    Are you using a Windows 8 or a Windows 8.1 key?

    A Windows 8.1 installer can not VALIDATE a Windows 8 key.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 pro


    ok so ive decided to stay with windows 7 because i play online games, i heard windows 8 isnt so good for gaming, thanks again though
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  7. #7


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    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by skits559 View Post
    im using windows 7 home premium trying to go to 8.1
    Are you using a Windows 8 or a Windows 8.1 key?

    A Windows 8.1 installer can not VALIDATE a Windows 8 key.
    He never did answer your question about the key.

    Anyway, when I upgraded from 8 to 8 Pro I used the ProPack.
    I didn't pay attention to the old oem product key.
    When I upgraded from 8 Pro to 8.1 Pro, the product key stayed the same.
    8 Pro key = 8.1 Pro key.
    It would be interesting to know if all 3 keys were the same.

    My main point is the 8.1 Pro installed nicely from the Windows Store link, using the 8 Pro key, which it adopted.
    I updated using my Microsoft account.

    I just mention all this because you said,
    A Windows 8.1 installer can not VALIDATE a Windows 8 key.
    You know more about this stuff than I do.
    I was hoping for further information on the subject from you.
    It would be helpful to all those who read it.
    Thank you.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 pro


    idk they key was already provided ntot sure what key it was, but anyways, the real question i had was is it even possible to upgrade from windows 7 all the way to windows 8.1 without windows 8?
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  9. #9


    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 pro


    and the key was already frovided inside the file, so it was automaticly authenticating it to begin with, no manual way to put the key in
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  10. #10


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    The two main error using a Windows 8 key are

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    The Pro Pack is a upgrade key from Windows 8 Core to Pro & MC.

    The Windows 8 key is for Clean installs or Upgrade from a lower version of Windows only.
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