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Create Windows 8.1 usb key problems

  1. #1


    London
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    windows 8 pro

    Create Windows 8.1 usb key problems


    Hi

    I wonder if anyone can give me some advice.

    I have a Windows 8 pro oem copy and I want to create a bootable Windows 8.1 pro Usb stick in uefi format to do a clean install.

    Now I built my machine myself so I am sure there is no embedded windows key in the bios? But I cant seem to download anything that will create the media, it says it my key wont work in a retail copy of windows 8.

    So does anyone know how I would get around this?

    Thanks

    John

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello John,

    You should be able to enter a generic key at step 4 in the tutorial below to get 8.1 installed. After the installation has finished, you would change the product key to your OEM key to activate with.

    Clean Install - Windows 8
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  3. #3


    London
    Posts : 8
    windows 8 pro


    Thanks, I was getting the We can't connect right now message as using the generic key while trying to download the iso following the guide for How to Create or Download a Windows 8 and 8.1 ISO but have found an alternative source now.

    Thanks for info about the generic key for install, will do that should be all good now
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome. I hope it goes smoothly.
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Create Windows 8.1 usb key problems
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