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Reset Win 8.1 Update 1 > Win 8 Upgrade Product Key & ISO

  1. #1


    Posts : 36
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Reset Win 8.1 Update 1 > Win 8 Upgrade Product Key & ISO


    Hi, folks.

    I appreciate the tutorials here (as always), but my head is swimming in all the variations. So, I hope you don't mind me getting straight to the point.

    Facts:
    • I am running Win 8.1 Update 1 & want to wipe my C drive and re-install Windows.
    • I originally purchased Win 8 Pro during the introductory UPGRADE (from Win 7) offer; so, I have a Win 8 ISO & product key.



    Question:
    May I use the reset option in Win 8.1 Update 1 to...
    1. wipe my C drive
    2. install / activate Win 8 using my ISO on an external USB drive
    3. update to Win 8.1 & Update 1 from the App Store



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    It's a shame MS is making this so complicated now-a-days. hehe.

    TYIA!

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  2. #2


    Dubai
    Posts : 107
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    just get a Windows 8.1 with Update 1 ISO dude, why go through all this updgrading from 8 to 8.1 then to 8.1.1

    its very time consuming and leaves a lot of leftover garbage

    nothing beats a clean install

    I have the ISO for Windows 8.1 with Update one and Windows 8.1 Core/Pro directly from MSDN Hashes verified

    but I can't post them here or I will get b4nn3d
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  3. #3


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key. -> link

    -or-

    How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 if you don't have an OEM computer that came with Windows 8/8.1 preinstalled.

    Note: This Windows 8.1 installation media accepts Windows 8/8.1 product keys, both OEM and retail (for example, "Windows 8 Pro $15/$40 Upgrade Offer" product key).

    1. Create installation media for Windows 8.1

    - The Windows Installation Media Creation Tool works on Windows 7/8/8.1/10.
    - The download succeeds without product key.
    - Both the 64-bit installation media (USB flash drive and DVD) can be booted in both UEFI and Legacy BIOS boot mode. Both the 64-bit installation media are also compatible with Secure Boot.

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/soft...nload/windows8
    -or-
    Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help

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    Select either USB flash drive or ISO file (see screenshot below).

    Note: You need at least 8 GB USB flash drive (if you select option "USB flash drive").

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    If you previously selected the ISO file option and once the ISO file is created, select the Open DVD burner option (see screenshot below).

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    2. Clean install Windows 8.1 from USB/DVD.

    Here is info about UEFI Boot Mode (installing using the GPT partition style) and Legacy BIOS Boot Mode (installing using the MBR partition style): link

    Note: You do not need to change the boot order of drives in your UEFI/BIOS settings.
    - Connect your Windows 8.1 USB flash drive or insert your Windows 8.1 DVD.
    - Restart the computer.
    - Press the correct key to enter the boot menu (see this link for help).
    - Select your USB/DVD from the boot menu.

    Enter your Windows 8/8.1 product key (see screenshot below).

    Note: If the Windows 8.1 installer does not accept your Windows 8/8.1 product key, it means that you have the wrong installation media.

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    On the Where do you want to install Windows? screen, you can delete all the partitions until you only see "Drive 0 Unallocated Space" (see screenshot below).

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    After the installation is completed, Windows 8.1 will be activated automatically, if the internet connection is up and running.

    Note: If Windows is not activated and the activation page shows the message (see screenshot below): This product key is being used on another PC. Please try a different key.

    Then see this link for instructions: How to transfer Windows 8/8.1 license to new computer.

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    Last edited by genet; 12 Sep 2015 at 02:56. Reason: Instructions updated.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 36
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Thank you, Maximus & genet! Since Max can't post details, I will go with genet's workflow.

    I appreciate your insight & genet's detailed instructions!
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  5. #5


    Posts : 36
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Ah, in step 1 ... any recommendations for a safe download for the Win 8.1 Update 1 ISO without an MSDN account? Am I supposed to torrent it?
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  6. #6


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by TBolt View Post
    Ah, in step 1 ... any recommendations for a safe download for the Win 8.1 Update 1 ISO without an MSDN account? Am I supposed to torrent it?
    That's the part that can't be posted. We can't post links to unofficial downloads. We can post the ISO file name hash codes etc, just not a link to the download. A torrent would be one way to get it. Comparing the has code will tell you if your download ahs been altered or tampered with.
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  7. #7


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


    •I originally purchased Win 8 Pro during the introductory UPGRADE (from Win 7) offer; so, I have a Win 8 ISO & product key.
    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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  8. #8


    UK
    Posts : 150
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Dont forget to compare the hash code to make sure you get a genuine copy.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 36
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Thanks so much guys. I will go through this info and proceed accordingly. I appreciate your help!

    I pulled a lower back muscle severely at a family member's house -- not sure when I will get back to my place where my PC is. But, I'll be ready once I get there. Thanks again!
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  10. #10


    Posts : 36
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    THANK YOU again, folks! Reloaded today. Much smoother thus far. Cheers!
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