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Install straight to 8.1?

  1. #1


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1

    Install straight to 8.1?


    Hi, I have a Windows 8 key, but I want to install straight to 8.1 when I rebuild this machine. As far as I know I can't use the Microsoft tool for creating installation media because you need an 8.1 key, not an 8 key (which for some reason is different? No idea why though).

    I'd rather not have to go through all the problems with patching 8 to 8.1 (ie installing all updates, then installing 8.1, then installing all updates, etc). Is there any way to do this?

    Are there not 8.1 ISOs that I can just download?

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  2. #2


    Us ordinary people have to borrow from a friend, or get one off torrent. Any 8.1 ISO or DVD will work so long as it is the same version your key is. IE Core or Pro etc

    If you have a retail key you can download an ISO from Microsoft Store, however this will not work for an OEM key

    You'll have to use a generic key to start the install. You can goggle for these Keys they are only good to start the install you will need your Win 8 Key to activate.

    These are the keys I have used not sure they are still good if not just Goggle for any new ones
    Windows 8.1 Single Language Y9NXP-XT8MV-PT9TG-97CT3-9D6TC
    Windows 8.1 Core 334NH-RXG76-64THK-C7CKG-D3VPT
    Windows 8.1 Pro XHQ8N-C3MCJ-RQXB6-WCHYG-C9WKB

    And Yes your Win 8 OEM Key will activate the 8.1 clean install
    Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks mate!


    It was a bit hard to find a non-cracked version (the original version has hundreds less seeds!). I don't know why MS don't just offer the DL, it's like they want people to pirate it... Regardless, thanks I did manage to find one!
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    may as well go for the 8.1 with update (or 8.1.1 or whatever it is called) ISO - it saves downloading the huge update and your WinSXS will end up smaller than the original 8.1. Generic keys are the same.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1


    All the 8.1 update ones I can see are pre-activated. Do you know where I can download legitimate 8.1.1?

    I could just download the cracked one then swap the key over I guess.
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    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    edit:

    Create installation media for Windows 8.1

    Take a look at this post: link
    Last edited by genet; 11 Nov 2014 at 12:56.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks genet, good info!


    EDIT: For anyone else wondering how to get 8 etc, Download Microsoft Software Directly and Instantly - Softicle.com has all of them uploaded for direct download, very handy for the future!
    Last edited by gorman; 31 Aug 2014 at 10:16.
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