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Install Win 8.1 (none pro) with a Win 8.1 Pro Iso ?

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    Well, Let me see about this. I have a home made computer which has an OEM Win8 core copy which I bought from Newegg and later changed over to Win 8.1 from the Windows
    store. So I want a restore Iso for this computer. I thought I would use a different HDD on this computer and use this OEM copy to install Win 8 again. Then go back through the process to get a Win 8.1 core Iso. Can this route work? Thank to all of you.

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    You need to buy a Retail CORE Product key to download the Windows 8.1 ISO, not the OEM.
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  3. #13


    When I did this before for the Win 8.1 Pro Iso, I used a generic key for the download.
    Wouldn't that work again. Thanks.
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  4. #14


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    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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  5. #15


    Thanks for your help. I'll have to think on this some more. Best Wishes. Undine
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