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Where to download Windows 8.1 Pro EN-US Untouched?

  1. #11


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    check the SHA then.

    When you install 8.1 use the generic key to install and then use your 8 key to activate. You have the same type of key as me and that will certainly work.

    Let us know if you have a problem - lots of people have done it. Good luck.

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  2. #12


    Dubai
    Posts : 107
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    oh I know it'll activate just fine Ive done it before. Just thought I could've gotten the ISO off MS directly but it's alright
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  3. #13


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Take a look at those posts for more info.

    RETAIL KEY ONLY.
    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 or a OEM key 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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  4. #14


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    It is pretty easy to update the rtm iso. Just mount the image with dism and whack them in. You will find links to the .msu files easily enough.

    If you want newer version of the bootable wims ( boot.wim and winre.wim ), you can update those yourself. or just grab them from volume editions ( which do contain the ga updates now ) strangely, the regular core/pro msdn iso has not been updated by MS.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    It is pretty easy to update the rtm iso. Just mount the image with dism and whack them in. You will find links to the .msu files easily enough.

    If you want newer version of the bootable wims ( boot.wim and winre.wim ), you can update those yourself. or just grab them from volume editions ( which do contain the ga updates now ) strangely, the regular core/pro msdn iso has not been updated by MS.
    But it is easier to just use Windows Update if you only have one PC.

    EDIT - I did follow your ideas for bootable images and they were fabulous - just not sure if this is what the guy/girl is after.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 8
    Windows 7 Ultimate/Windows 8.1 Professional


    The workarounds you were looking for are updated:
    https://www.eightforums.com/installat...n-install.html

    The Windows 8.1 downloader does not accept retail Windows 8.0 product keys but can be tricked into accepting them.
    The Windows 8.1 downloader does not accept OEM Windows 8.0/8.1 product keys and cannot be tricked into accepting them. For the OEM install you need to find the .iso through unofficial means or purchase Windows 8.1 again or get a friend to give you a copy of their .iso.

    The "We Can't Connect Right Now" error is a badly worded error causing users to misdiagnose problems. It essentially means that the product key is a Windows 8.1 key but Microsoft have blocked it from downloading, my guess is there is a download quota per key. The generic product key will lead to the same error. I would reword this as something like this:

    “Your product key has been recognised as a Windows 8.0/8.1 Core/Professional Product Key however has been used to download Windows 8.0/8.1 Core/Professional too many times please contact the Microsoft Electronic Software Download Support for your region http://support.microsoft.com/gp/esd-support-phone-numbers

    Unfortunately its probably far easier to download the RTM off MDL as Microsoft severely messed up the deployment of this service pack.
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