A question about downloading a Windows 8.1 iso using the media creation tool. Is the content of the iso kept up to date with all the latest Windows Updates? I already have an older DVD with Windows 8.1, but using it to do a new clean install requires installing over a Gb of Windows Updates. So it would save me some time if the new iso would already have those updates.
Thanks Brink for this invaluable post. I would be lost trying to figure out my activation issue without this.
I chose to go with Option 1 and so far so good. I have my 8.1 Update .ISO ready to go but before I go ahead and create a bootable flash with it, for the sake of clarity, I wanted to ask:
If I'm planning on using my OEM Windows 8 Pro product key, more specifically the "product key embedded in the UEFI firmware" that you mentioned in the Note section for Option 1, would it then be essential to use a bootable UEFI flash for the installation so that the product key can be automatically detected and used? or can you use any of the various methods of installation?
I was able to roll back my deactivated Windows 8.1 Pro MC installation back to an activated standard 8.1 Pro with my settings, files and apps intact. All without even entering my OEM Windows 8 Pro key.
I have an Acer i5-3230m 4-in-1 desktop and with an OEM product key for Windows 8 64 bit, and had been using the win 8 for about 2 years, and all worked fine then upgraded to win 8.1 and all worked fine until a virus caused a problem. So I started again and loaded win 8 from partition and that loaded fine. I then loaded several application files/programs, and all worked fine. then tried to upgrade to win 8.1 and it it fails in configuring windows updates, and reverts changes back to win 8.
I have been re-looking at your win 8 tutorials and this one /tutorials/18309-windows-8-windows-8-1-iso-download-create.html / option three, and my question below...
I see it say this will not work with an OEM key, but wonder if there is any way I would be able to get a win 8 64 bit update for my system. I do not wish to reload all the files and applicatons I have on it now.
everything on my current win 8 seems to be working well EXCEPT when I try to update it to win 8.1.
I hope this is enough info about to get a reply from you.
Thanks for any comments,. and I am still trying to read answers/replies that are sent to me. Thanks, Cliff
Hello and first I would like to say thanks to the person who created this tutorial, and also thanks to the other helpful users who also made contributions wich I find to be very interesting. I hope it's not too late and someone anwsers my question.
The question is: will this method let me manage partitions (erase, unify) during the EFI installation?
My problem is that I made a System Reset with the HP Recovery Manager but it crashed, so the computer Rebooted on a very basic Windows 8 and splited my HDD into an small 70 GB partition and the rest dissapered (I could see the partition in the Hard drive administrator tho). Well, I restored Windows again, this time from the restore option in PC configuration (I tried this the firt time, but it didn't let me for some reason), so when it was done, the partition problem was still there, and I did some research and turns out this is a common problem with the HP Recovery Manager.
I'm downloading the Windows iso right now, I just couldn't wait for an answer. It's 4 AM where I live and I need my laptop for college. Anyway, I'm leaving this message in case this method doesn't work for me, so maybe one of you can give me an alternative or help me restore my HDD and erase all partitions to finally do this clean install from zero.