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VMware Player and Win 8.1


BJB

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#1
I specced my new PC with Win 7 Pro x64 on a 120GB SSD with a 1TB WD HDD for data. It's a nice system but I also wanted access to Win 8.1. and have been attempting that in VMware. Win 8 installed and activated in the VM just fine and after all Win 8 updates had been installed it duly offered me the Win 8.1 upgrade. But that fails every time and when I run the troubleshooter it tells me that I'm missing a necessary partition. It then reverts me to Win 8.

Has anyone else had any experience with this?

 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Lenovo Thinkpad E335
    Antivirus
    Defender

genet

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How do you download Windows 8.1 and clean install Windows 8.1, if you have a Windows 8 product key? -> link
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Lenovo G580
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-3230M
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, standard user account
    Other Info
    UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8 product key.

BJB

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OK, thanks. That might be a (rather long winded) way around this but having got 8 installed, updated and activated, and as 8.1 system requirements are the same as those for 8, I was not expecting to have to go back to square one. :shock:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Lenovo Thinkpad E335
    Antivirus
    Defender