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A few Windows 8.1 upgrade questions....

  1. #31


    All I've got is a win 8 pro + media center upgrade key and a win 8.1 pro retail ISO which I downloaded. My original win 8 key is lost and unrecoverable. I know I can install 8.1 pro from the ISO with a generic key, but will there be any way to activate it? I already have 8.1 installed and activated on my machine (via the app store upgrade), it's just that I want the option to be able to do a fresh install from disk if the need arises.

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  2. #32


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nalydyenlo View Post
    All I've got is a win 8 pro + media center upgrade key and a win 8.1 pro retail ISO which I downloaded. My original win 8 key is lost and unrecoverable. I know I can install 8.1 pro from the ISO with a generic key, but will there be any way to activate it? I already have 8.1 installed and activated on my machine (via the app store upgrade), it's just that I want the option to be able to do a fresh install from disk if the need arises.
    Quote Originally Posted by Nalydyenlo View Post
    Oh so you have to install 8.1 with a generic key and then you can activate after it with your 8 key! Nice. I didn't read it closely enough, thanks!

    EDIT - Sadly though your WMC key for 8 won't work for this which is the only key I have for Windows now. I just tried it on an un-activated win 8.1 on my laptop which was installed from the ISO. It said something like: 'You can't activate this edition of Windows with that key...' or words to that effect.
    What key do you have?
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  3. #33


    Like I said, a WMC pro upgrade key only.
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  4. #34


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nalydyenlo View Post
    All I've got is a win 8 pro + media center upgrade key and a win 8.1 pro retail ISO which I downloaded. My original win 8 key is lost and unrecoverable. I know I can install 8.1 pro from the ISO with a generic key, but will there be any way to activate it? I already have 8.1 installed and activated on my machine (via the app store upgrade), it's just that I want the option to be able to do a fresh install from disk if the need arises.
    Do you have a Microsoft Account?....If so did you save your settings into SkyDrive....if so you should be able to retrieve them.
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  5. #35


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nalydyenlo View Post
    All I've got is a win 8 pro + media center upgrade key and a win 8.1 pro retail ISO which I downloaded. My original win 8 key is lost and unrecoverable. I know I can install 8.1 pro from the ISO with a generic key, but will there be any way to activate it? I already have 8.1 installed and activated on my machine (via the app store upgrade), it's just that I want the option to be able to do a fresh install from disk if the need arises.
    Quote Originally Posted by Nalydyenlo View Post
    Like I said, a WMC pro upgrade key only.
    Recap on the Q & A.

    Your other thread.

    https://www.eightforums.com/installat...grade-key.html

    Quote Originally Posted by Dell
    I have had this same problem and for some reason i did not have the email anymore, I was directed to this site https://www.mswos.com/ but i needed an order no that was on the email that i did not have so i went on to windows store site and went to live chat and asked them to help.I gave them my email address but they would not tell me anything until i gave them my billing address last 4 digits from the card i used to pay with and my phone No for security then hey presto they sent me the email again hope this helps.
    Dell
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    or
    Live Chat with Customer Service
    Microsoft Support

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  6. #36


    Thanks everyone for all the help and suggestions, but bloody hell, too many hoops for me! I'll stick to my system image backup in case I need to re-install. Anyway, I found a little offline KMS emulator thingy that allows you to activate an installation for 6 months at a time - you just have to take a minute to reactivate it every 6 months. I'll only resort to that of course, if I lose my legit system image backup or if it becomes corrupt.
    Last edited by Nalydyenlo; 06 Jan 2014 at 20:27.
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  7. #37


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nalydyenlo View Post
    Thanks everyone for all the help and suggestions, but bloody hell, too many hoops for me! I'll stick to my system image backup in case I need to re-install. Anyway, I found a little offline KMS emulator thingy that allows you to activate an installation for 6 months at a time - you just have to take a minute to reactivate it every 6 months. I'll only resort to that of course, if I lose my legit system image backup or if it becomes corrupt.
    You do know that that is illegal, and discussion of such things will likely get you banned from this forum?
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  8. #38


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    You do know that that is illegal, and discussion of such things will likely get you banned from this forum?
    I was just describing the worse case scenario. It's unlikely that I'll ever need to fall back on such a piracy measure as I have a legit, fully activated copy of win 8.1.
    Last edited by Nalydyenlo; 06 Jan 2014 at 20:49.
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  9. #39


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    Worst case scenario is you have to buy a new license to use Windows. Or call Microsoft to straighten it out. Oh also, if you post and then edit the post, the original unedited post is what shows up in the notification email thread subscribers get. We see what you originally said.
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  10. #40


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Worst case scenario is you have to buy a new license to use Windows...
    Ah, 'twould never come to that!

    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    ....Oh also, if you post and then edit the post, the original unedited post is what shows up in the notification email thread subscribers get. We see what you originally said.
    I sorry you had to see all those cursed grammatical mistakes!
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