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Windows 8 (not 8.1): Still possible to download?

  1. #11


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    So it looks like to get Windows 8, non 8.1, I'd have to torrent.

    My worry is, if I send her the 8.1 disks, when recover program Microsoft has running on startup looks at the disk, if it's an 8.1 disk and she doesn't have 8.1 but rather has 8, that is going to be a problem for the recovery program. That's why I wanted both, just in case.

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  2. #12


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    The problem is really with the key that is stored in the BIOS. My understanding is that if this was originally an 8 system, then 8.1 will not activate. But with a robocall to Microsoft that should be easy to solve.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    But will it need to activate if Windows system repair is just fixing itself? If she needs a real re-install then she's going to have to ship it to me, no way am I walking her redo'ing a PC over the phone.
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  4. #14


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Nah, for a repair there is no activation required.
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  5. #15


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Why don't you first find out what system she has. It is really simple.


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  6. #16


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    The problem is really with the key that is stored in the BIOS. My understanding is that if this was originally an 8 system, then 8.1 will not activate. But with a robocall to Microsoft that should be easy to solve.
    I've installed 8.1 on my laptop that has a factory 8.0 key and it activated online with no issues. There may be glitches/exceptions but for most people I think it should be a non issue. I've gone through many different install scenarios on my laptop and haven't had to phone activate yet. As always though, YMMV.
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