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  1. #90


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
    Hi Brink, thanks for the input.

    My version is Windows 8 Pro 64bit. And the key still works if I reload Win8 off the retail disc ... I formatted my HD and tried it.

    Pardon my ignorance, but is the GA version of Win 8.1 referred to in the other thread the same one downloaded off this tutorial?

    Is that the same as the retail version of Win 8.1?

    If I read the other post correctly, you download and save 8.1 by using the generic code provided in that thread. Then burn the ISO. And when you clean install you have to change the generic key in the OS to your original retail key of Win8 to activate it.

    Update: The generic key was accepted OK using the Win 8.1 free download, but get error message: You're not connected to the net, even though I've got the Microsoft web page open. Not sure if the link is just busy or simply doesn't work?
    Yep, GA (General Availability) is the retail version and the same one you get from the download.

    Do you have a 3rd party AV or firewall program installed that may be blocking it's internet connection?

    If all else fails, you could also activate by phone after changing the key to the W8 key.
    Last edited by Brink; 06 Feb 2014 at 15:23. Reason: added quote

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  2. #91


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    1) Use the 8.0 purchased key to do the trick download of 8.1 installation media. Do not use generic key for this bit.

    [ Note: If your 8.0 purchased key gets the can't connect message you are SOL.]


    2) Use the generic key to get the 8.1 media you have downloaded to install

    3) Use the 8.0 purchased again to activate after installation.




    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
    Hi Brink, thanks for the input.

    My version is Windows 8 Pro 64bit. And the key still works if I reload Win8 off the retail disc ... I formatted my HD and tried it.

    Pardon my ignorance, but is the GA version of Win 8.1 referred to in the other thread the same one downloaded off this tutorial?

    Is that the same as the retail version of Win 8.1?

    If I read the other post correctly, you download and save 8.1 by using the generic code provided in that thread. Then burn the ISO. And when you clean install you have to change the generic key in the OS to your original retail key of Win8 to activate it.

    Update: The generic key was accepted OK using the Win 8.1 free download, but get error message: You're not connected to the net, even though I've got the Microsoft web page open. Not sure if the link is just busy or simply doesn't work?
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  3. #92


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    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    Thanks for the input guys.

    #Brink: Am using Windows firewall but will try switching off Avast AV.

    #SIW2:
    1) Use the 8.0 purchased key to do the trick download of 8.1 installation media. Do not use generic key for this bit.
    See my earlier post ... purchased key won't download either Window8-Setup or WindowsSetupBox (8.1).

    Generic key works to download media but internet won't connect.

    Update: Disabled Avast shields and no go on internet.
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  4. #93


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Hi Guys:
    I'm not up to speed on this whole thread, but...
    @ Mustang: did you try Paul Thurrott's trick?
    http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/wi...-8-product-key

    (Still doesn't dismiss the fact that you can't perform a clean install though.)
    (The instructions on this page are a little mesmerizing:
    Boot from the media you created to install on a partition - Microsoft Windows Help
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  5. #94


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    Hi Guys:
    I'm not up to speed on this whole thread, but...
    @ Mustang: did you try Paul Thurrott's trick?
    http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/wi...-8-product-key
    That would be the same as Option One in the tutorial on the first page.
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  6. #95


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Brink, after creating the Win8.1 ISO file I'm looking for a way to remove all the files created from Windows8-Setup.exe(Windows 8) and WindowsSetupBox.exe (Windows 8.1), to free up space on my SSD. Do I just delete the "WebSetup" folder located @ %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WebSetup? Can I also delete the "ESD" folder @ C:\ESD\Windows or is this needed to "Refresh" or "Reset Win8/8.1? If not, do you know where the image files to Refresh and Reset are located? Thanks in advance.

    edit: Is it also true, what Edwin and Paul Thurrott said, that I won't be able to use the newly created Win8.1 DVD to clean install Win8.1? Do I just need a generic, install key to install then use my Win8 key to activate Win8.1??
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  7. #96


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by front360 View Post
    Brink, after creating the Win8.1 ISO file I'm looking for a way to remove all the files created from Windows8-Setup.exe(Windows 8) and WindowsSetupBox.exe (Windows 8.1), to free up space on my SSD. Do I just delete the "WebSetup" folder located @ %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WebSetup? Can I also delete the "ESD" folder @ C:\ESD\Windows or is this needed to "Refresh" or "Reset Win8/8.1? If not, do you know where the image files to Refresh and Reset are located? Thanks in advance.

    edit: Is it also true, what Edwin and Paul Thurrott said, that I won't be able to use the newly created Win8.1 DVD to clean install Win8.1? Do I just need a generic, install key to install then use my Win8 key to activate Win8.1??
    Hi front360:
    In the past I've always wiped and deleted all drives and partitions with a clean install of Windows 8 using the image and in doing so deleted all remnants of the ESD.
    I've got a feeling it's not going to work that way with the 8.1 upgrade from USB and I can't seem to muster the ambition to try it because if it doesn't work, I'll have to start from scratch!
    It does state on the Windows page "You must have Windows running on that partition", however, if you clean install Windows 8 then proceed to the update in due time, at least you won't have to download the update every time.
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  8. #97


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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Edwin, on Paul Thurrott's site in your previous link, on page 2 of the comments, "maestro" confirmed a clean install of the newly created Win8.1(with Win8 converted key DVD) using a generic install key. Then use your Win8 key to activate.
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  9. #98


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by front360 View Post
    Edwin, on Paul Thurrott's site in your previous link, on page 2 of the comments, "maestro" confirmed a clean install of the newly created Win8.1 using a generic install key. Then use your Win8 key to activate.
    Hmmm... I just might try it then! Just not now!
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  10. #99


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by front360 View Post
    Brink, after creating the Win8.1 ISO file I'm looking for a way to remove all the files created from Windows8-Setup.exe(Windows 8) and WindowsSetupBox.exe (Windows 8.1), to free up space on my SSD. Do I just delete the "WebSetup" folder located @ %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WebSetup? Can I also delete the "ESD" folder @ C:\ESD\Windows or is this needed to "Refresh" or "Reset Win8/8.1? If not, do you know where the image files to Refresh and Reset are located? Thanks in advance.
    Yep, you can safely delete the ESD and WebSetup folders afterwards to free up space.
    Last edited by Brink; 07 Feb 2014 at 11:51. Reason: unneeded
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