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  1. #310


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    windows 7


    Thanks for the info guys

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  2. #311


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Glad we could help.
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  3. #312


    Tucson
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    windows 8.1Update build 9600

    Option two - Vista question


    This may be a no brainer to others, but I have a question about Option Two and the link to Microsoft to get the ISO for a 32 bit Win8.1 Update ISO file. I'm trying to get to a point to do a clean install of 8.1 Update on a Dell desktop currently running Vista 32 bit. I wanted to bypass the 8.1 install and go directly to 8.1Update. I have a unused retail CD package for 8.1. I planned on using Option Two until the MS page said I need to be running Win7. The page is for upgrading, but I don't want to upgrade, I want to do a clean install. Can I ignore the Win7 ISO download requirement and just follow the rest of the steps for Option Two. I think I can then do the clean install of 8.1U. Any advice or gotchas? TIA.
    Dick
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  4. #313


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Dick,

    Yep, you can safely ignore that message since you are just downloading the ISO file instead of installing.
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  5. #314


    Posts : 2
    Windows 7


    thanks the warning Brink.. sorry I'm a noob..

    but can you give me a tips Brink to clean install windows 8.1 update and activate it with my retail key?
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  6. #315


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by orclog
    Hi brink, thanks for the tutorials and informations in this thread. I find they very helpful for me.

    I want to download windows 8.1 pro with update ISO with my windows 8 pro retail key which I bought when windows 8 release but it seems my key was block by Microsoft. It can't download windows 8 pro ISO but it CAN activate the OS like someone said back there. I want to clean install my laptop with windows 8.1 update 1 ISO but I can't find the retail version ISO but MSDN or somethings else so I can install it with 'ei.cfg' trick.
    Hello Orclog, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you are unable to do Option One to download a Windows 8.1 ISO with your retail Windows 8 key, then see if you are able to use Option Two to download a Windows 8 ISO with your Windows 8 key.

    The Windows 8 ISO is good to install Windows 8 (core) and Windows 8 Pro. The key you enter during installation will determine which one is installed.

    If not, then what did you use to install Windows 8 Pro originally?
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  7. #316


    Posts : 2
    Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by orclog
    Hi brink, thanks for the tutorials and informations in this thread. I find they very helpful for me.

    I want to download windows 8.1 pro with update ISO with my windows 8 pro retail key which I bought when windows 8 release but it seems my key was block by Microsoft. It can't download windows 8 pro ISO but it CAN activate the OS like someone said back there. I want to clean install my laptop with windows 8.1 update 1 ISO but I can't find the retail version ISO but MSDN or somethings else so I can install it with 'ei.cfg' trick.
    Hello Orclog, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you are unable to do Option One to download a Windows 8.1 ISO with your retail Windows 8 key, then see if you are able to use Option Two to download a Windows 8 ISO with your Windows 8 key.

    The Windows 8 ISO is good to install Windows 8 (core) and Windows 8 Pro. The key you enter during installation will determine which one is installed.

    If not, then what did you use to install Windows 8 Pro originally?
    Hi Brink. Thanks for the answer.
    I actually have windows 8 pro ISO which I get when I bought the retail key and windows 8.1 pro ISO which I download it with my retail key when it release.
    I think clean install the windows 8.1 pro with update was more simple rather than downloading it by windows store which size more than 3 gig and also take time..

    anyway. it seems no other choice than clean install the windows 8.1 pro with ei.cfg trick and then install the update manually which the size 700+ mega..
    but anyway again. thanks Brink..
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  8. #317


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Since you have both ISO files, you should be able to clean install Windows 8.1 Pro Update using the generic key. Once installed, change your key to your Windows 8 Pro key to activate.

    If it doesn't activate online as usual, then you could try to activate by phone.

    Just to be sure, this will not work with a Windows 8 Pro Pack with Media Center key. It must be a full retail key.

    Clean Install - Windows 8
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  9. #318


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Please help, I've tried many times, cleaned out the hidden files, and every time the 8.1 setup still asks for a key. It doesn't automatically continues with the download.
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  10. #319


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by bybwn View Post
    Please help, I've tried many times, cleaned out the hidden files, and every time the 8.1 setup still asks for a key. It doesn't automatically continues with the download.
    Hello bybwn, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You will need to enter your valid "retail" product key to be able to download an ISO for the edition of Windows the key is for.

    Product Key - Find for Windows 8
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