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Need help installing win8 on second partition

  1. #1

    Posts : 113
    Win 8 Pro - 64Bit

    Need help installing win8 on second partition

    Here's my situation.
    I bought a new laptop (HP) which came with an OEM version of 8.1

    I have a retail key and tried to use the 'change key' facility to use it instead of the OEM one - with no success, it was not accepted.

    So I split the drive creating a new partition and tried to boot to my Win8 install media - but the laptop won't boot to the dvd even though the bios has the internal DVD set as the first boot option.

    Can anyone assist with guidance as to how I proceed.


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  2. #2

    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10

    if it came with windows 8.1 and you want to upgrade to windows 8.1 pro

    control panel > add features > already have key
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  3. #3

    Posts : 113
    Win 8 Pro - 64Bit

    Thanks KYHI.

    I found that option and tried it just before you replied.
    It took about 2 hours (slow internet connection here) to upgrade,but it did the trick.

    Now I have to call MS to activate it - "it has been used on a different computer".

    Thanks again.
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