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Boot Loader crasheed need to reinstall windows.

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    windows 8.1

    Boot Loader crasheed need to reinstall windows.


    Hi folks thanks for checking out my thread.
    my Boot loader on my Desktop crashed so i formatted the drive as it was my only option. I'm attempting to reinstall windows...
    -so i downloaded windows from
    : Upgrade Windows with only a product key as i was instructed to by the 1800 Microsoft support staff (those guys as far as im concerned have no idea what im actually saying to them)
    -made a usb installation media and used my Original Product Key. i did this on my laptop. and then once the installation media was finished i plugged it in to my desktop. it didn't work it said the product key was invalid and to please try again.
    -so i called them back and the ended up giving me a new product key. i tried that with them still on the line and it didn't work their suggestion was to recreate the installation media.
    - i did that this morning because i was irritated enough for one night. any way it didn't work, i noticed one thing. at the end of the creation of the installation media it keeps giving me my old product key to use.

    just to be clear because I tend to ramble a lot. this old product key is the one that i got from Microsoft when i purchased windows 8 pro. i purchased it online at microsoft.com when windows 8 first came out. i have no original installation disk because i originally downloaded some software from their site.

    What do you guys suggest i do? i dont want to buy a new copy of windows because in my opinion i shouldn't have to.
    What i would like to figure out is how do i create instalation media with the new product key that they gave me? every time i reinstall the install windows 8 file from Microsoft.com it for some strage reason keeps giving me my old product key and i cant seem to be able to change that. i dont know you guys are better at this stuff than i am. please help. thanks for reading.

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


    Are you downloading Windows 8 or 8.1?
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    windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Are you downloading Windows 8 or 8.1?
    windows 8 for sure. im aware a windows 8 key will not work with windows 8.1
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    Download the Windows 8.1 ISO.

    Take a look at those posts for more info.

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

    How to download Windows 8.1 ISO with a Windows 8 key.
    How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

    Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.

    You can not use the key extracted from the UEFI/BIOS firmware to download the Windows 8.1 ISO, you can only use the key to ACTIVATE.

    The generic keys can only be used to install Windows 8.1 & not ACTIVATE or to download the Windows 8.1 ISO .
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    Posts : 5
    windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Download the Windows 8.1 ISO.

    Take a look at those posts for more info.

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

    How to download Windows 8.1 ISO with a Windows 8 key.
    How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

    Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.

    You can not use the key extracted from the UEFI/BIOS firmware to download the Windows 8.1 ISO, you can only use the key to ACTIVATE.

    The generic keys can only be used to install Windows 8.1 & not ACTIVATE or to download the Windows 8.1 ISO .
    well currently i dont have a dvd drive in my desktop that i made. i swapped it out for a fan controller. yup a bit of a nerd. umm another problem might be that i dont have any dvds to burn or burner software. is there a way to do this with just a flash drive? i can put it back in if needed.
    but i do have a windows 8.1 (but its not pro like the windows 8 pro key that im trying to use)dvd from another system i built. could that work?
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    @ greeneman:
    Hi, if you've got the 8.1 iso you can make a boot-able USB with it, then install with generic key and activate with your Windows 8 key.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    For USB:

    x32
    USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create - Windows 7 Help Forums

    x64
    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

    but i do have a windows 8.1 (but its not pro like the windows 8 pro key that im trying to use)dvd from another system i built. could that work?
    If a Retail DVD YES you can use, if a download must be the same version.
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    Posts : 5
    windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    For USB:

    x32
    USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create - Windows 7 Help Forums

    x64
    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

    but i do have a windows 8.1 (but its not pro like the windows 8 pro key that im trying to use)dvd from another system i built. could that work?
    If a Retail DVD YES you can use, if a download must be the same version.
    ok so i just tried something new-ish i downloaded the same files from Upgrade Windows with only a product key - Microsoft Windows Help on to my other pc and it allowed me to add my new product key. well i dont know how to uninstall the download windows 8 files that currently reside on my laptop )the pc i originally using to try and download windows on to) hopfull this will be able t work now. i guess ill keep ya posted.
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