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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

  1. #570


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Dan, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    You can use any method you like to install Windows. During setup, Windows should automatically detect the product key embedded in your UEFI firmware chip.

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  2. #571


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Thanks a lot, that worked perfectly.

    I was able to roll back my deactivated Windows 8.1 Pro MC installation back to an activated standard 8.1 Pro with my settings, files and apps intact. All without even entering my OEM Windows 8 Pro key.
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  3. #572


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Great news.
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  4. #573


    Don't you need to make the USB bootable?
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  5. #574


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Tristan,

    Yes, you could use the ISO to create a USB to install Windows with either UEFI or legacy BIOS.

    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

    Create Bootable USB or DVD with Windows 8 ISO
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  6. #575


    Brink
    I have an Acer i5-3230m 4-in-1 desktop and with an OEM product key for Windows 8 64 bit, and had been using the win 8 for about 2 years, and all worked fine then upgraded to win 8.1 and all worked fine until a virus caused a problem. So I started again and loaded win 8 from partition and that loaded fine. I then loaded several application files/programs, and all worked fine. then tried to upgrade to win 8.1 and it it fails in configuring windows updates, and reverts changes back to win 8.

    I have been re-looking at your win 8 tutorials and this one /tutorials/18309-windows-8-windows-8-1-iso-download-create.html / option three, and my question below...

    I see it say this will not work with an OEM key, but wonder if there is any way I would be able to get a win 8 64 bit update for my system. I do not wish to reload all the files and applicatons I have on it now.

    everything on my current win 8 seems to be working well EXCEPT when I try to update it to win 8.1.
    I hope this is enough info about to get a reply from you.

    Thanks for any comments,. and I am still trying to read answers/replies that are sent to me. Thanks, Cliff
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  7. #576


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello cmanis1,

    If you like you can download a 64-bit Windows 8.1 ISO file using OPTION ONE that you can activate with your key.
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  8. #577


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1 Single Language


    Hello and first I would like to say thanks to the person who created this tutorial, and also thanks to the other helpful users who also made contributions wich I find to be very interesting. I hope it's not too late and someone anwsers my question.

    The question is: will this method let me manage partitions (erase, unify) during the EFI installation?

    My problem is that I made a System Reset with the HP Recovery Manager but it crashed, so the computer Rebooted on a very basic Windows 8 and splited my HDD into an small 70 GB partition and the rest dissapered (I could see the partition in the Hard drive administrator tho). Well, I restored Windows again, this time from the restore option in PC configuration (I tried this the firt time, but it didn't let me for some reason), so when it was done, the partition problem was still there, and I did some research and turns out this is a common problem with the HP Recovery Manager.

    I'm downloading the Windows iso right now, I just couldn't wait for an answer. It's 4 AM where I live and I need my laptop for college. Anyway, I'm leaving this message in case this method doesn't work for me, so maybe one of you can give me an alternative or help me restore my HDD and erase all partitions to finally do this clean install from zero.
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  9. #578


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


    Yes, you can delete, create, and format partitions. You can do anything you can do with the full retail DVD. Same menus etc.
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  10. #579


    The best way to install Windows 8.1 is to delete all partitions during the install then click Next without creating any new ones. Let the installer create the partitions it needs.

    Clean Install - Windows 8
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