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genuine windows 8 laptop looking to upgrad to 8.1

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    genuine windows 8 laptop looking to upgrad to 8.1


    Hi there as the title says I'm looking for a full 8.1 disk the 1 without the product key. My laptop is a genuine windows 8 machine which get activates via the bios. Can anyone help me in to searching for this disk if it exists all i know is the version i have is windows 8 pro .i don't want to download from the store as i want to wipe it and put a clean install of 8 on the machine is this possible regards james

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    Forever West
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    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    I've not seen the Windows 8.1 Update offered as a download. I just finished an update to a fresh install this morning and had to get it from the Store, took awhile.
    put a clean install of 8 on the machine
    Usually running the Factory Restore from the included partition will do that but your documentation for the Notebook/Laptop should mention how to get started, different brands tend to do such things differently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by diesalweasel View Post
    Hi there as the title says I'm looking for a full 8.1 disk the 1 without the product key. My laptop is a genuine windows 8 machine which get activates via the bios. Can anyone help me in to searching for this disk if it exists all i know is the version i have is windows 8 pro .i don't want to download from the store as i want to wipe it and put a clean install of 8 on the machine is this possible regards james
    Hi thankyou for your reply i forgot to mention it hasn't got it factory restore in place no more i brought it like that . You are right it does take ages. I tried to to do an update from ms earlier today it download it updates restarted and the it says it reverting back
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    Forever West
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    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    I had done the Factory Restore on a Gateway yesterday and followed with all the updates [required] then started the 8.1 Update. It failed the first time in late afternoon so later in the evening I started it again and let it run overnight, was finished by breakfast time. Only had 6 updates to do after all that.
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    You may look at this courtesy of genet post #8
    Need help formatted genuine windows 8 in lenovo
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    Quote Originally Posted by diesalweasel View Post
    Hi there as the title says I'm looking for a full 8.1 disk the 1 without the product key. My laptop is a genuine windows 8 machine which get activates via the bios. Can anyone help me in to searching for this disk if it exists all i know is the version i have is windows 8 pro .i don't want to download from the store as i want to wipe it and put a clean install of 8 on the machine is this possible regards james
    Well you will have to find a friend with one or purchase one there are no legal downloads When you find one you'll need to first of all extract your BIOS embedded Windows 8 product key. Then with the 8.1.1 DVD or ISO use Rufus to create an USB install media.
    You'll need to start the clean install of 8.1.1 using a Generic Key then after install is complete Activate with your Win 8 key
    Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuccii View Post
    You may look at this courtesy of genet post #8
    Need help formatted genuine windows 8 in lenovo
    Hi there i have managed to find 8.1 system builder disk. I have managed to extract the key from bios using magic jellybean. Have i got to mod the disk now add the file called eif or efi ? If so it looks straight forward regards james :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by diesalweasel View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Nuccii View Post
    You may look at this courtesy of genet post #8
    Need help formatted genuine windows 8 in lenovo
    Hi there i have managed to find 8.1 system builder disk. I have managed to extract the key from bios using magic jellybean. Have i got to mod the disk now add the file called eif or efi ? If so it looks straight forward regards james :-)
    Windows 8.1 ISO should default to efi or UEFI GPT disk here is a graphic as to how to set up your USB Install Media. . Here are the Generic Keys use the correct one for your win 8 Key. The generic keys are only good for starting the install once your istalled you have to activate with your Key

    Core: 334NH-RXG76-64THK-C7CKG-D3VPT
    Professional: XHQ8N-C3MCJ-RQXB6-WCHYG-C9WKB
    Enterprise: MNDGV-M6PKV-DV4DR-CYY8X-2YRXH
    FHQNR-XYXYC-8PMHT-TV4PH-DRQ3H

    This drawing copied from MaXGeeks forum
    Last edited by Clintlgm; 06 Oct 2014 at 17:59.
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