Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


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

  1. #1


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1 standard 64x

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


    I trying to make a Windows 8.1 install disc so I can reinstall of windows on my computer. However I only have a windows 8 OEM key, I don't have any windows installation media or a subscription to msdn to get a retail download product key. The usuall work around method of starting the windows 8 iso download, stopping it and then starting the windows 8.1 iso download wont work because the product key I have is OEM.

    Does any one know how I can get around this issue?

    My OS version Windows 8 (updated to 8.1 update one) core 64-bit
    Last edited by ktm583; 18 Jun 2014 at 19:46.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Posts : 22,578
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello KTM,

    Since you have a Dell computer, you could create recovery media using the method in the link below that can be used to do a factory recovery of Windows with.

    Windows 8 - Recovery Media in 99 seconds | Dell

    If you are unable to create the recovery media from your computer, then you could also order recovery media directly from Dell for your computer's model.

    https://www.dell.com/support/diagnos...t=y&redirect=1

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Why not just get Macrium Reflect & make a system image ?

    Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1 standard 64x


    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.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1 standard 64x


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello KTM,

    Since you have a Dell computer, you could create recovery media using the method in the link below that can be used to do a factory recovery of Windows with.

    Windows 8 - Recovery Media in 99 seconds | Dell

    If you are unable to create the recovery media from your computer, then you could also order recovery media directly from Dell for your computer's model.

    https://www.dell.com/support/diagnos...t=y&redirect=1

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    If I do that it will create a factory image which will be Windows 8 instead of 8.1. Also I believe the factory image partition may have been wiped accidently.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Posts : 22,578
    64-bit Windows 10


    That's correct. It will restore the originally installed OS.

    If you are unable to, then you could order replacement installation media from Dell at the link above, but of course it'll take a few days to get it.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    Quote Originally Posted by ktm583 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello KTM,

    Since you have a Dell computer, you could create recovery media using the method in the link below that can be used to do a factory recovery of Windows with.


    Windows 8 - Recovery Media in 99 seconds | Dell

    If you are unable to create the recovery media from your computer, then you could also order recovery media directly from Dell for your computer's model.

    https://www.dell.com/support/diagnos...t=y&redirect=1

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    If I do that it will create a factory image which will be Windows 8 instead of 8.1. Also I believe the factory image partition may have been wiped accidently.
    Well then the only route is Torrent or borrow a disk from someone with the Same version you have Core or Pro Goggle for installation keys, activate with your win 8 key.
    Then download Macrium Reflect and image your system so that you don't get into this predicament again.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1 standard 64x


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    That's correct. It will restore the originally installed OS.

    If you are unable to, then you could order replacement installation media from Dell at the link above, but of course it'll take a few days to get it.
    I was trying to install just 8.1. I believe it would be better. Also it would probably cost just as much as buying a retail key.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #9


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1 standard 64x


    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ktm583 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello KTM,

    Since you have a Dell computer, you could create recovery media using the method in the link below that can be used to do a factory recovery of Windows with.



    Windows 8 - Recovery Media in 99 seconds | Dell

    If you are unable to create the recovery media from your computer, then you could also order recovery media directly from Dell for your computer's model.

    https://www.dell.com/support/diagnos...t=y&redirect=1

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    If I do that it will create a factory image which will be Windows 8 instead of 8.1. Also I believe the factory image partition may have been wiped accidently.
    Well then the only route is Torrent or borrow a disk from someone with the Same version you have Core or Pro Goggle for installation keys, activate with your win 8 key.
    Then download Macrium Reflect and image your system so that you don't get into this predicament again.
    I have tried looking but I keep coming to a dead end. Could you lead my to a site that would be helpful? I think all I need is a retail key for 8.1 core, so I could download the iso from Microsoft, and then activate with my OEM key.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #10


    Posts : 22,578
    64-bit Windows 10


    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
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
How to make windows 8.1 install disc with window 8 OEM key
Related Threads
I just got a new laptop, a Lenovo X230, for which I paid extra to have the OS on it as Windows 8 Pro. So--now I have it, and Win 8 Pro 64 is installed and activated on it. I am a legal owner of Win 8 Pro. However, I would like to do a clean install of Win 8 on the computer, to have it free of...
Hi! I'm on a dual-boot system (Windows 8 and Xubuntu) and I've just formatted my Windows 8 with Gparted from within Xubuntu due to a serious BSoD loop issue - probably not the smartest thing to do, but I was desperate. I wish to reinstall Windows 8 now, but I can't get to the setup using my...
I'm wanting to make a window smaller but instead of having to scroll through the window, I can still see the same thing as I did before I made the window smaller. If you don't get what i'm trying to say, here: Before: 51907...
Hello all- Purchased a Dell desktop with Win 8 on it through an employee purchase program. Also purchased MS Office and Photoshop Elements. When I received the computer it had no boot disc and none of the other add on software. Was instructed to call their support number that came with the unit...
Hi, this is my first post. I let AVG remote access my computer and they crashed it , it's dead Ok it gave me two options when I turned it back on, I picked the one that formatted the HD. So I forgot to make a boot disc. My question is , if I buy windows 8 which it came with will the install...
Hi guys. I am having the same problem. I want to reinstall the OEM verion of my Windows 8.1. But the thing is that i dont have the windows installation disc. You can say i lost it. When i downloaded the Windows setup from Microsoft and insert the product key. It says- "This product key...
Solved Can't make repair disc in General Support
Hi,I'm new here. I have Windows 8 Consumer preview installed as the only operating system on my pc. When I created the system image on an external HD I went to create a repair disc. I inserted the CD and hit "create" and got this message"System repair disc could not be created. The System could...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook