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  1. #140


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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    A few questions. I bought 8 Pro System Builder edition and upgraded to 8.1 via the Store then on to 8.1 Update 1. I understand that I cannot fresh install 8.1 with my 8 product key.

    1. Will the 8.1 ISO work as a repair disk?

    2. Is it legal for me to install my original 8 on another partition so to dual boot with 8.1? So often I want to help those with 8 problems and would like it to reference with.
    Hey Tony,

    Q1) Yes, you could clean install 8.1 with a generic key, then change the product key to your Windows 8 key to activate with.
    Q2) Sorry, but no since a product key can only legally be activated on one installation at the same time, and all other activated installations with the same key deleted.

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  2. #141


    Thanks Shawn!

    Unfortunate for me on the 8 edition. Does this make my 8.1 a system builders edition then?
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  3. #142


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    I haven't tried it with a system builders key, but should work the same as with a retail key.

    Nope.
    Last edited by Brink; 11 May 2014 at 23:12. Reason: correction
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  4. #143


    Ok. Thanks, Shawn.
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  5. #144


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    Please let us know how it went if you give it a go.
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  6. #145


    My 8 System Builders key was rejected.

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    Is this > %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WebSetup > actually > C:\Users\Tony\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WebSetup? I have this folder but not C:\ESD\Windows as seen below. So I must delete the WebSetup folder?

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    Another thing that dawned on me is that I purchased WMC, so therefore I have that key.

    The procedure I take then is to delete the WebSetup folder, go through the steps of this tute, then do the WMC update, then W8 Update 1?

    I have to admit > They sure complicated this, although I think they want to cut down on piracy. It was a whole lot easier when the files sat in an MS account waiting to be downloaded like I had with 7.
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    Well, it appears that a System Builders key will not work either then.

    What did you use to install it the first time?
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  8. #147


    Thanks for the quick reply. The System Builders cd I bought.
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  9. #148


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    You'll need to use it instead, and do a clean install then.
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  10. #149


    Rant > MS really tripped me up on this one. Spent $110 for that cd. Had I known they would release 8.1 so soon I would have waited to purchase that. And now there's no ISOs available for the public. The whole thing stinks! < Rant over.

    Thanks for your help, Shawn.
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