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installation of Win 8.1

  1. #1


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64

    installation of Win 8.1


    I used the Win 8 disc I made to go through the store to install Win 8.1. I updated everything while at Win 8 like the Win updates, WMC and printer etc.

    Recently someone advised me to use the 8.1 disc with the generic key, to install and my Win 8 prod key to activate but he did not tell me when I should do Win updates, printer, Office and WMC etc..

    Does anyone here know the procedure?

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  2. #2


    Do you wish to reinstall Win 8.1, since you already have it installed ?
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  3. #3


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


    You won't get the option to manually do a Windows update until Windows is installed. If Windows 8 needs drivers for detected hardware during the install, and has a network connection, it will download them automatically in the background. Installing from Windows 8.1 install media skips the 8.0 to 8.1 update and goes right to 8.1.
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  4. #4


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64

    8.1 directly


    Yes, I had Win 7 Pro and now have Win 8.1 pro.
    I finally unraveled this by asking a friend in the field.
    I bought a pc with Win 7 pro and made the Win 8 disc from the iso. I then used the store to get 8.1.
    All is well. I was asking if there is a more direct route. He sent me steps to do so. First I insert the Win 8.1 disc I made from the iso but without a product key.
    Then I use generic product keys to install 8.1.
    Using slui.exe 0x3 I enter my Win 8 product key and that activates Win 8.1.
    Now I can install WMC and get all the Win updates. Next I can get my printer drivers and install Office once again updating Windows updates.

    I was not sure when to update Windows but now I know.

    I am all set now and hope this helps others.
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installation of Win 8.1
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