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windows 8.1 pro with media center - clean install

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    Windows 8.1 pro with media centre

    windows 8.1 pro with media center - clean install


    hi,
    i have upgraded my system from windows 7 to windows 8 through digital delivery (no dvd). later it was upgraded to 8.1 pro now its in 8.1 pro with media center. Now i want to do a clean install of windows 8.1 pro with media center but i have no media, i have only windows 8 purchase product key and current product id. plz guide me..

    thank you.

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    Hello Arun, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Here's what you can do for that.

    1) Use Option One in the tutorial below to download a Windows 8.1 Pro Update ISO file with your Windows 8 Pro product key (not the WMC key).
    2) Create a Windows 8.1 Pro Update installation DVD/USB from the ISO file using the tutorial below.
    3) When you clean install Windows 8.1 Pro Update, you will need to enter a generic 8.1 key to be able to install. When installation is finished, change your product key to your Windows 8 Pro key (not the WMC key) to activate.
    4) When finished, you can add Windows Media Center (WMC) back using your already purchased WMC key.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Arun, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Here's what you can do for that.

    1) Use Option One in the tutorial below to download a Windows 8.1 Pro Update ISO file with your Windows 8 Pro product key (not the WMC key).
    2) Create a Windows 8.1 Pro Update installation DVD/USB from the ISO file using the tutorial below.
    3) When you clean install Windows 8.1 Pro Update, you will need to enter a generic 8.1 key to be able to install. When installation is finished, change your product key to your Windows 8 Pro key (not the WMC key) to activate.
    4) When finished, you can add Windows Media Center (WMC) back using your already purchased WMC key.
    thank you for your reply.. actually i didnt purchase WMC key. its automatically updated.. so i dont have that key..
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    How did you update/upgrade to WMC?
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  5. #5


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    As Brink posted, you can't install with a Media Center key anyway. You have to install 8 Pro or 8.1 Pro first, then add Media Center though add features. My Media Center keys, that I got when Microsoft offered free keys, work in both 8.0 and 8.1.

    Brink, I think what he's saying is he doesn't have an 8.1 Pro with Media Center key as he upgraded from 8.0 Pro with Media Center. He doesn't realize Media Center is separate and that his Media Center key is good for 8 and 8.1. That's how I read it anyway.
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    hi i have created the windows 8.1 ISO using the above steps. while performing clean instal i put the key which is obtained during my windows 8 purchase it says,the key is not matching. i didnt note the key which was displayed while creating iso file. now how to obtain the product key from the ISO.
    ty
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    That's why then.

    When you only have a Windows 8 key and installing Windows 8.1, you'll need to enter a generic key at step 4 below instead to get Windows 8.1 installed. After Windows 8.1 is installed, you would change your product key at step 22 below to your Windows 8 key to activate with.
    Afterwards, you could add Media Center again if you like with your already purchased WMC pack key.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArunPrasad View Post
    hi i have created the windows 8.1 ISO using the above steps. while performing clean instal i put the key which is obtained during my windows 8 purchase it says,the key is not matching. i didnt note the key which was displayed while creating iso file. now how to obtain the product key from the ISO.
    ty
    The key that is displayed at the end of the download is the same one you typed in to obtain the download. Anyway, I think Brink posted the answer to your problem.
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  9. #9


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    Thank you all!!! i have successfully done it..
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    Great news. Glad we could help.
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