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  1. #490


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    Normally, an ISO file downloaded from Option One shouldn't have an issue with an OEM key.

    It appears that the key for the "Windows 8.1 with Bing" edition used by some OEMs just will not activate a standard Windows 8.1 (core) edition for some reason.

    Windows 8.1 with Bing appears to pay for Windows... with Bing | PCWorld

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  2. #491


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Windows 8.1 with Bing is a separate edition with its own keys. It's akin to Windows 7 Starter. It's a low cost version that ships with small screen low cost devices. That ISO may be hard to find, it looks like only the OEM's get it. It's not listed on MSDN or TechNet, not for me anyway.
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  3. #492


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    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Windows 8.1 with Bing is a separate edition with its own keys. It's akin to Windows 7 Starter. It's a low cost version that ships with small screen low cost devices. That ISO may be hard to find, it looks like only the OEM's get it. It's not listed on MSDN or TechNet, not for me anyway.
    Thanks for that. I think I've seen 'with Bing' on larger screens, and even on some desktops, but as you say it's at the cheap end of the market.

    I wonder what Windows 10 upgrade options I'll have when it gets released... (Another factor is that my tablet seems to be using WIMBoot technology to save space, which a normal clean install from an ISO probably wouldn't put back in place.)
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  4. #493


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Windows 8.1 with Bing is a separate edition with its own keys. It's akin to Windows 7 Starter. It's a low cost version that ships with small screen low cost devices. That ISO may be hard to find, it looks like only the OEM's get it. It's not listed on MSDN or TechNet, not for me anyway.
    Thanks for that. I think I've seen 'with Bing' on larger screens, and even on some desktops, but as you say it's at the cheap end of the market.

    I wonder what Windows 10 upgrade options I'll have when it gets released... (Another factor is that my tablet seems to be using WIMBoot technology to save space, which a normal clean install from an ISO probably wouldn't put back in place.)
    I only had a quick look at what Google had to say about it. It's basically for low cost devices. The OEM's can get ti for next to nothing as long as they only install it on inexpensive devices. As near as I can tell it hasn't been out there as long as your normal versions of Windows 8 have. I know as much about it as I do about WIMBoot. I've seen one or two posts on WIMBoot. I think there was a post on it in the News section a while ago too. Basically you boot from an image file. It saves hard drive space when its at a premium. You've likely researched it more than I have. There must be way to update the image? That PC does Windows updates doesn't it?
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  5. #494


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    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I know as much about it as I do about WIMBoot. I've seen one or two posts on WIMBoot. I think there was a post on it in the News section a while ago too. Basically you boot from an image file. It saves hard drive space when its at a premium. You've likely researched it more than I have. There must be way to update the image? That PC does Windows updates doesn't it?
    Thanks for that - I don't want to clutter up this tutorial thread any more, but have put an image of Disk Management over on another thread here.
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  6. #495


    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    I finally took delivery of my new hard drive and was able to do a fresh install of W 8.1 using the ISO created by following this tutorial.

    It went so easily I was stunned

    The only glitch was when I got a message telling me to remove the external drive C: and it took me a little while to realize this meant the usb. Oh, and as the laptop was originally from the US I chose the US time and date option, and then had to find a way to make the date non-US. And until I get round to downloading an English-UK pack, I'm writing American (lots of z's ).

    I've just spent a few hours installing drivers, reinstalling programs, and smiling at the absence of bloatware and unnecessary start-up programs etc. Now I just need to work out how to restore all those little customizing things I'd done.

    In fact the hardest part about the whole process (so far) was getting the cover back on the base of the laptop.

    So thank you Shawn, another extremely satisfied User.

    And fired up by the experience, I'm looking at partitioning the hard drive and installing Win 10 on a VM next. There's just no stopping me now
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  7. #496


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    That's great news Maggi.

    Please feel free to create new threads for anything else that you may need help with.
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  8. #497


    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Thanks Shawn,

    Can you tell me what's in the 300mb Recovery Partition that got created when I did the fresh install? Is it a copy of the OS to use for a Refresh or Reset? (I plan to create a Custom Recovery Image now but it would be good to know what I've got already ).
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  9. #498


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Maggi,

    It's basically for the Windows recovery environment so that you don't have to boot from installation media to use it instead.

    Startup Options Menu - Boot to in Windows 8

    This is not the same as a custom recovery image or OEM factory recovery partition though.
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  10. #499


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by SaggyMaggyPoo View Post
    Thanks Shawn,

    Can you tell me what's in the 300mb Recovery Partition that got created when I did the fresh install? Is it a copy of the OS to use for a Refresh or Reset? (I plan to create a Custom Recovery Image now but it would be good to know what I've got already ).
    It's not a full copy of the OS, that partition is too small for that. It's recovery tools to help you diagnose and fix boot issues etc. I would say it launches Windows PE (Preinstallation Environment). If you try to do a Refresh or Reset you'll be prompted to insert your original install media.
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