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Boot Loader crasheed need to reinstall windows.


greeneman

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Hi folks thanks for checking out my thread.
my Boot loader on my Desktop crashed so i formatted the drive as it was my only option. I'm attempting to reinstall windows...
-so i downloaded windows from
: Upgrade Windows with only a product key as i was instructed to by the 1800 Microsoft support staff (those guys as far as im concerned have no idea what im actually saying to them)
-made a usb installation media and used my Original Product Key. i did this on my laptop. and then once the installation media was finished i plugged it in to my desktop. it didn't work it said the product key was invalid and to please try again.
-so i called them back and the ended up giving me a new product key. i tried that with them still on the line and it didn't work their suggestion was to recreate the installation media.
- i did that this morning because i was irritated enough for one night. any way it didn't work, i noticed one thing. at the end of the creation of the installation media it keeps giving me my old product key to use.

just to be clear because I tend to ramble a lot. this old product key is the one that i got from Microsoft when i purchased windows 8 pro. i purchased it online at microsoft.com when windows 8 first came out. i have no original installation disk because i originally downloaded some software from their site.

What do you guys suggest i do? i dont want to buy a new copy of windows because in my opinion i shouldn't have to.
What i would like to figure out is how do i create instalation media with the new product key that they gave me? every time i reinstall the install windows 8 file from Microsoft.com it for some strage reason keeps giving me my old product key and i cant seem to be able to change that. i dont know you guys are better at this stuff than i am. please help. thanks for reading.
 

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    windows 8.1

theog

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Are you downloading Windows 8 or 8.1?
 

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
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    Notebooks x 3

    Desktops x 5

    Towers x 4

theog

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Download the Windows 8.1 ISO.

Take a look at those posts for more info.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/18309-windows-8-windows-8-1-iso-download-create.html

How to download Windows 8.1 ISO with a Windows 8 key.
http://www.eightforums.com/installation-setup/33164-how-download-windows-8-1-iso.html

http://www.eightforums.com/installa...retail-windows-8-1-windows-8-product-key.html

You can not use the key extracted from the UEFI/BIOS firmware to download the Windows 8.1 ISO, you can only use the key to ACTIVATE.

The generic keys can only be used to install Windows 8.1 & not ACTIVATE or to download the Windows 8.1 ISO .
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Other Info
    Notebooks x 3

    Desktops x 5

    Towers x 4

greeneman

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Download the Windows 8.1 ISO.

Take a look at those posts for more info.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/18309-windows-8-windows-8-1-iso-download-create.html

How to download Windows 8.1 ISO with a Windows 8 key.
http://www.eightforums.com/installation-setup/33164-how-download-windows-8-1-iso.html

http://www.eightforums.com/installa...retail-windows-8-1-windows-8-product-key.html

You can not use the key extracted from the UEFI/BIOS firmware to download the Windows 8.1 ISO, you can only use the key to ACTIVATE.

The generic keys can only be used to install Windows 8.1 & not ACTIVATE or to download the Windows 8.1 ISO .
well currently i dont have a dvd drive in my desktop that i made. i swapped it out for a fan controller. yup a bit of a nerd. umm another problem might be that i dont have any dvds to burn or burner software. is there a way to do this with just a flash drive? i can put it back in if needed.
but i do have a windows 8.1 (but its not pro like the windows 8 pro key that im trying to use)dvd from another system i built. could that work?
 

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    windows 8.1

Edwin

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@ greeneman:
Hi, if you've got the 8.1 iso you can make a boot-able USB with it, then install with generic key and activate with your Windows 8 key.
 

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    Windows 7 Home Premium
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    HP Pavillion
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    Tablet - Windows 10 Home

theog

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
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    PC/Desktop
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    Notebooks x 3

    Desktops x 5

    Towers x 4

greeneman

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For USB:

x32
USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create - Windows 7 Help Forums

x64
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/15458-uefi-bootable-usb-flash-drive-create-windows.html

but i do have a windows 8.1 (but its not pro like the windows 8 pro key that im trying to use)dvd from another system i built. could that work?
If a Retail DVD YES you can use, if a download must be the same version.
ok so i just tried something new-ish i downloaded the same files from Upgrade Windows with only a product key - Microsoft Windows Help on to my other pc and it allowed me to add my new product key. well i dont know how to uninstall the download windows 8 files that currently reside on my laptop )the pc i originally using to try and download windows on to) hopfull this will be able t work now. i guess ill keep ya posted.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8.1