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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

  1. #290


    Posts : 3
    Windows 7/8

    Clean Install of Windows 8


    So I am trying create a Windows 8 ISO file so I can do a clean install onto my HP Envy All in One. My Envy came with Windows 8 pre-installed but do to possible viruses and clutter on my HDD, I wanted to wipe it and start over. I've done this plenty of times but with Windows 7 so the process is a little different to obtain a clean ISO of Windows 8. Now I got the Windows 8 Product Key off the computer using "MagicalJellyBeanKeyFinder" (which I've used several times before without a problem) and when I typed in the Product Key in using the Windows 8 Setup (*Option 2 Step 3) I kept on receiving the error in red saying "This product key cannot be used to install a retail version of Windows 8". What should I do so I can create a CLEAN install of Windows 8 ISO? Thank You for your time and response!!

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  2. #291


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Is it an oem key?

    If so, you have been left up the creek.
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  3. #292


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by lagtheworld View Post
    My Envy came with Windows 8 pre-installed but do to possible viruses and clutter on my HDD, I wanted to wipe it and start over.
    Have you tried this? -> Reset your PC from manufacturer recovery partition. You don't need Windows 8 DVD/USB installation media.

    Reset Windows 8

    OPTION TWO

    Reset Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 from within Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
    5. If you have Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1

    A) On the left side in PC settings, click/tap on Update & Recovery.
    6. If you have Windows 8 or Windows RT

    A) Click/tap on General on the left side, click/tap on the Get started button under the Remove everything and reinstall Windows section on the right side
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  4. #293


    Posts : 3
    Windows 7/8


    My HDD has been compromised and is no longer working and my computer is dead in the water now... I do have the product key to which (after doing some research) is a OEM Product Key. What are my options on obtaining a ISO file?
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  5. #294


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Lagtheworld,

    I'm afraid that what Simon posted above holds true for trying to download an ISO with an OEM key.

    You should be able to contact the computer manufacturer to order a low cost replacement set of factory installation media for your computer's model number though.
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  6. #295


    Posts : 3
    Windows 7/8


    Thank you for your support and advise. I will contact the HP the manufacturers and retrieve a installation media disk. I guess there's no way around the bloatware that they love to include. I have nothing but positive feedback from everyone who helped out. Thank You
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  7. #296


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    I'm glad that we could help some.
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  8. #297


    Mt. Crumpit cave
    Posts : 108
    Win 7 Ult X64 SP1


    I'm confused, is Windows 8.1 a separate purchase even if one already has windows 8 installed?
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  9. #298


    It's a free upgrade from 8.0. If you buy Windows 8 though, you get 8.1 Update 1 now days.

    Windows 8.1 - Update to from Windows 8
    Last edited by Brink; 01 Jul 2014 at 13:18. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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  10. #299


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
    I'm confused, is Windows 8.1 a separate purchase even if one already has windows 8 installed?
    You can buy Windows 8.1 if you want. 8.0 and 8.1 are separate operating systems. If you already have 8.0 you can upgrade to 8.1 for free though the windows store.
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