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  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 Pro, 64 bit

    Install Win 8


    Hi

    I know this has been done before but my question is, that after the last Windows August update debacle I had to revert back to Windows 7, I wish now to reload win 8 with my purchased license, will I still get all the win 8, 8.1 and 2 updates.

    Thanks

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello vidanova,

    If you like, you could use OPTION ONE in the tutorial below to download a Windows 8.1 ISO file with your retail Windows 8 key to be able to directly install Windows 8.1, then update from there instead.

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

    Clean Install - Windows 8
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  3. #3


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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Yes you will. You might want to consider a 8.1 with update clean install though. You can activate it with your windows 8 key.

    There are various tutorials here if you are interested.

    EDIT: which Shawn beat me to linking to
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  4. #4


    UK
    Posts : 74
    Windows 8.1 Pro, 64 bit


    Hi Shawn

    Thanks for the help, my other question should have been "...or do I wait for Windows 9.......!


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  5. #5


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    64-bit Windows 10


    I personally think Windows 8.1 Update is good. You can always update to Windows 9 later if you like it better after playing with a trial copy when available though.
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  6. #6


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    Posts : 74
    Windows 8.1 Pro, 64 bit


    Think I'll try 8.1 with my 8 license number, thanks Shawn
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  7. #7


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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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  8. #8


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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Quote Originally Posted by vidanova View Post
    Think I'll try 8.1 with my 8 license number, thanks Shawn
    Don't forget - it is all in the tutorial - that you need to install 8.1 with the generic 8.1 key and then activate with your Windows 8 key.
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  9. #9


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    Posts : 74
    Windows 8.1 Pro, 64 bit


    Hi
    Ive tried to use my windows 8 key but only works with win 8 not 8.1 will this be ok and the 8.1 updates will still upload?
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  10. #10


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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Tried to use it to do what? Sorry I'm a bit confused. You will still get updates, yes - the only issue is installation and activation.

    If you are trying to install 8.1 you need to use the generic 8.1 to install and then your 8 key to activate. It is in this tutorial Clean Install - Windows 8

    From there here are the Generic keys for 8.1. You need to use the one that matches your 8 key - most likely 8.1 Pro is you have 8 Pro or 8.1 Core if not.

    For example my upgrade key was from 7 ultimate to 8 Pro so I used the key XHQ8N-C3MCJ-RQXB6-WCHYG-C9WKB to install and then my 8 Pro key to activate.


    • Windows 8.1 (core): 334NH-RXG76-64THK-C7CKG-D3VPT
    • Windows 8.1 (core single language): Y9NXP-XT8MV-PT9TG-97CT3-9D6TC
    • Windows 8.1 Pro: XHQ8N-C3MCJ-RQXB6-WCHYG-C9WKB
    • Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center: GBFNG-2X3TC-8R27F-RMKYB-JK7QT
    • Windows 8.1 Enterprise: MNDGV-M6PKV-DV4DR-CYY8X-2YRXH OR FHQNR-XYXYC-8PMHT-TV4PH-DRQ3H
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