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How to make windows 8.1 install disc with window 8 OEM key

  1. #11


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by ktm583 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Why not just get Macrium Reflect & make a system image ?

    Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
    Because my current windows installation is bad.
    Sorry to hear that.

    After everything is fixed good, making a backup image is the road to take.
    It will prevent difficulties like you have now.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1 standard 64x


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    KTM,

    I think the only way other than ordering media from Dell would be to either purchase a retail 8.1, or ask a friend with one to download an ISO for you.

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

    You could then use a generic key to install 8.1, and change the key to your OEM 8 key to activate with.

    Clean Install - Windows 8
    I looked into ordering dell recovery media and was surprised to see that it was free, however, I was hoping to be able to just install 8.1; not installing 8 and updating to windows 8.1

    Honestly I don't know anyone who upgrades their operating system. Everyone I know gets a new operating system when they get a new computer, so they would not have a retail key.
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  3. #13


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    DELL do have 8.1 recovery media. You should be able to persuade them to send it to you.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1 standard 64x


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    DELL do have 8.1 recovery media. You should be able to persuade them to send it to you.
    They do, but they would only give my windows 8, I tried for a half-hour on the phone.
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  5. #15


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    Windows 8.1 standard 64x


    I got a download key from someone.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Great news.
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  7. #17


    Forever West
    Posts : 591
    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    Quote Originally Posted by ktm583 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    DELL do have 8.1 recovery media. You should be able to persuade them to send it to you.
    They do, but they would only give my windows 8, I tried for a half-hour on the phone.
    Yeah, most OEMs will only provide discs that puts the computer back to the condition it shipped. If it came with Win8.1 like mine they should provide that set of discs but if it originally came to you with Win8.0 the discs will only restore to that version, anything added or updated after that is up to the buyer.
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