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Windows 8 update to Windows 8.1


big8

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#1
Is Microsoft still supporting Windows 8.1?

If I recover my desktop to Windows 8, can it still be updated to windows 8.1?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1

mrjimphelps

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#3
If you should decide to do a clean install of Windows 8.1, you can activate 8.1 with your 8.0 activation code.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell
    CPU
    Haswell
    Memory
    4 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 23"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Two hard drives, 1TB each: One for Linux, one for my data.
    Keyboard
    IBM Model M
    Browser
    Firefox, Opera
    Antivirus
    Sophos (Linux), Trend Micro (Windows)
    Other Info
    I use Samba to share my data drive with the other computers at my house and with my guest session in VMWare Workstation Player.

TrustMe

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#5
If your computer came with Windows 8 or 8.1 the activation code (product key) is stored in the BIOS. Windows will automatically read the key in the BIOS and install the correct version (Core or Pro). It will activate once you go on the internet.

If Windows asks for a product key while it’s being installed, you are using the wrong edition. You have to download the the correct edition that matches your key. If your computer came with Windows 8 Core (Home) and you downloaded Windows 8.1 Core N or Single Language, it will not activate.

The Windows 8.1 iso now accepts Windows 8 Keys. It will activate Windows 8 as long as you downloaded the correct edition of Windows 8.1

If you’re not sure what edition your computer came with, download ShowKeyPlus. It will read the key in the BIOS and show you what edition to download.

ShowKeyPlus - Windows 10 Forums

You can download Windows 8.1 from here.

Download Windows 8.1 Disc Image (ISO File)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro

mrjimphelps

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#6
My device is an oem product and I don‘t have an activation code.

What shall I do?
Look for a sticker on your computer. It will have the activation code (also called an install key). It will probably have "OEM" somewhere on the sticker.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell
    CPU
    Haswell
    Memory
    4 GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 23"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Two hard drives, 1TB each: One for Linux, one for my data.
    Keyboard
    IBM Model M
    Browser
    Firefox, Opera
    Antivirus
    Sophos (Linux), Trend Micro (Windows)
    Other Info
    I use Samba to share my data drive with the other computers at my house and with my guest session in VMWare Workstation Player.

big8

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#7
In my desktop came with Windows 8, there is no sticker showing activation code, the only Windows related sticker is a small square sticker with "Windiws 8" printed.

The variation might be due to region of sale.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1

erpster4

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#8
Look for a sticker on your computer. It will have the activation code (also called an install key). It will probably have "OEM" somewhere on the sticker.
no mrjimphelps - that was only true with pre-installed Vista & Win7, which used COA stickers. TrustMe is right - Win8.x OEM keys are embedded in the BIOS and no COA stickers are used with Win8.x & Win10 anymore
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Toshiba Satellite C55Dt-A5306
    CPU
    AMD Quad-Core A6-5200M Accelerated Processor
    Memory
    4 GB