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How do I download 8.1 from vista with product key

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    How do I download 8.1 from vista with product key


    Hi there,

    I currently have windows vista and have purchased a 8.1 PRO product key.

    I understand that I can not upgrade straight from vista so am looking to have a fresh install, burning the ISO to CD.

    The problem i am having is trying to get an ISO for 8.1 PRO.

    I have found this page on microsoft's websbite: Upgrade Windows with only a product key - Windows Help which should give me what I am after.

    Unfortunately I can not use the 8.1 version straight from vista, and when I try the 8.0 installer (which does work on vista), it doesn't accept my 8.1 product key.

    Can anybody suggest a way to get the ISO (without using torrent sites) or to transfer my 8.1 product key to a 8.0 key?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Posts : 18
    Windows 8.1 X64


    Where did you purchase the product key from? My understanding was when you purchased the product you was given a .exe from Microsoft which would download the files. That being said, I believe; and will stand corrected if I am wrong that if you do legally own a product key for windows 8.1, presuming you download the correct version, you would break no laws in using a torrent.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
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  4. #4


    Posts : 8
    Vista


    The reason I didn't want to use a torrent is due to the risk of it being infected with malware.

    theog, these two links provide suggestions that I have already tried and attempted to explain in my original post.
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    Vista


    redlynch, I purchased it from a college website with offered a download, which (unsurprisingly) was not available to be run from vista.
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    Windows 8.1 X64


    Quote Originally Posted by jl123 View Post
    The reason I didn't want to use a torrent is due to the risk of it being infected with malware.

    theog, these two links provide suggestions that I have already tried and attempted to explain in my original post.
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=271128

    That link should get you started with a Windows 8.1 installation.

    CNet also seem to have covered the topic: How to download the official Microsoft Windows 8.1 ISO - CNET
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    Vista


    That is the file that is from the page I originally mentioned.

    It doesn't let me run it due to being on vista.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jl123 View Post
    redlynch, I purchased it from a college website with offered a download, which (unsurprisingly) was not available to be run from vista.
    1) Backup your DATA.

    2) Download from your college website
    Than

    To clean install:
    1) Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
    SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Help Forums
    than
    2a) Clean install with the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk.

    2b) Clean Install - Windows 8

    2c) UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
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    Windows 8.1 X64


    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.
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    Posts : 8
    Vista


    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.
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