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How do I download 8.1 from vista with product key

  1. #11


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by redlynch View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jl123 View Post
    That is the file that is from the page I originally mentioned.

    It doesn't let me run it due to being on vista.
    My bad, have you tried contacting Microsoft and explaining your situation? They may, after you have proved proof of ownership, offer you a direct download to the ISO file.
    Would need to use the college, Microsoft account to download, college has the ISO.

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  2. #12


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    Quote Originally Posted by jl123 View Post
    The download from college is the same as the one redlynch posted. Only thing they really did for me was give me a product key.

    I can't perform step 2b) as I don't have the install on a CD/DVD yet.
    You need a Retail product key to download, you have a VL product key.
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  3. #13


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    Vista


    No I haven't yet as help desk's tend not to be much help.

    I may try that anyway, thanks.
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  4. #14


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    Is there a way I can use the VL product key?
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  5. #15


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    The only other quick fix that I can suggest is using another machine running 7/8/8.1 and use the tutorial I linked you from CNet to download and create the media.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jl123 View Post
    Is there a way I can use the VL product key?
    Not on the MS download website.
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  7. #17


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Were you actually able to download the 8.1 files from the Microsoft site you linked to? If yes, use the option to create a bootable USB thumb drive. Then boot from that and do a clean install. I know you said the "setup file" wouldn't work, I'm just not sure if you mean the setup file to do the download or the actual windows 8.1 install setup file.
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  8. #18


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    I could download the setup file, but when trying to open it, it get a message about it won't work from vista.
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  9. #19


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    Quote Originally Posted by jl123 View Post
    I could download the setup file, but when trying to open it, it get a message about it won't work from vista.
    OK, thanks, I just wanted to confirm that was the case. I don't have a solution at this time, but now I'm sure I know what's going on.
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