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  1. #1


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    8.1 Pro with Media Center/ 7 Home Premium

    Windows update fails


    I recently re-installed windows 8 regular on my ASUS X450LC laptop using the recovery media. I tried to upgrade to 8.1. It wont let me install 8.1 unless I do windows update. After running windows update, it says there are 100+ updates and takes close to 2 hours to download and update. At 98% it gives an error saying it is reverting updates, but then sticks there for hours on end, (the longest I waited was 4 hours then i re-installed with the recovery usb). Rebooting solves nothing and it sticks again. Is there a way to use my ASUS embedded windows 8 license to install 8.1 straight without going through 100+ pointless updates?

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    In one of the more head-scratching moves, Microsoft never made an 8.1 ISO image or any other kind of download like they did with service packs before. So you're stuck going through all the updates needed for 8.1 to install.

    Microsoft has a couple of tools you can run that may fix the problem. It's at least worth a shot before taking more drastic measures. Troubleshoot problems with installing updates - Windows Help That link covers Windows Update in a generic sense for 8/8.1.

    If that doesn't solve it, I'd run memtest86+ overnight on the unit, because you may well have some bad RAM. The Windows memory test is useless, so don't trust that.
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    After you have ran the Windows Update Troubleshooter install your updates 5 at a time. Saves wear and tear on your computer. That way you will isolate the update that is causing the problem.
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    8.1 Pro with Media Center/ 7 Home Premium


    I solved it on my 4th try (system recovery with asus USB image) it rebooted normally. And I was able to eventually get 8.1 installed. Took 2 days and 4 re-images to get it. Tyvm for your time
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Your welcome, and away we go!
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  6. #6


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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Another solution is to use a Windows 8.1 DVD-ROM to upgrade Windows 8 to 8.1, much like you would upgrade from 7 to 8. Just start the setup from within Windows 8.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingturbofox View Post
    I solved it on my 4th try (system recovery with asus USB image) it rebooted normally. And I was able to eventually get 8.1 installed. Took 2 days and 4 re-images to get it. Tyvm for your time
    Now be sure to get a disk image of the system with 8.1 installed so you can bypass this step in the future.
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