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Refreshing Windows 8.1

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    Windows 8.1

    Refreshing Windows 8.1


    When I purchased my computer I bought Windows 8 64 bit OEM. So my computer came preinstalled and I didn't get a disc (with OEM you don't get a disc right?). Anyway, I want to refresh my computer but it asks me to insert a disc and I have upgraded to Windows 8.1.

    I read some of the guides on refreshing without a disc but they say you need a retail key not an OEM key. Am I pretty much screwed and have to go buy a retail key if I want to refresh my OS?

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    Follow directions here: Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

    Shows you how to download a legal copy of Windows 8, no key required for the download.

    See here for how to do a Clean Install of Windows 8/8.1: Clean Install - Windows 8

    It will use the key embedded in the BIOS so you will not have to enter one.

    Make sure you backup any data you don't want to lose before you do this.
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    Posts : 23
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks, what exactly is the 8.1 vs 8.1 N I see in Option 1?
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