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How to Correctly Install Windows 8.1 Preview

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    How to Correctly Install Windows 8.1 Preview


    The official documentation that reached the web recently reveal that Windows 8 users should basically make the switch to Windows 8.1 Preview via the Windows Store, as this is the safest, easiest, and fastest way to do it.

    Separate ISOs will also be offered for those who wish to set up a dual-boot configuration and install Windows 8.1 Preview on a different partition. Here’s what Microsoft says about it.
    How to Correctly Install Windows 8.1 Preview


    See also: https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...d-install.html
    Last edited by Brink; 26 Jun 2013 at 01:18. Reason: added link for more info

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    Scotland
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Thank you!
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    The link takes you to a page that has a couple of large "Download Now" ads - be aware that those links do *not* take you to a download of the Windows 8.1 preview. They're completely unrelated. Read carefully or hover over the link before you click on anything!
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Not bad but...

    I'm not gonna put the Preview over the 8.0, afterwards I have to remove it anyway, better waiting for the real deal so going through 1 install instead of two. It's just my 2 cents piece of meat. Those who like installs: just go for it.

    On the other hand, it's the best opportunity to test the new stuff on the native hardware and take a personal conclusion out of it.
    Just restore from backup and you're back on track in no time if anything goes wrong, right?

    What to choose...
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Anyone some clarification please:
    Keep in mind that, if you decide to install Windows 8.1 Preview from a dedicated ISO, you’ll need to input a product key, which is the one you got when you purchased Windows 8. Updating from the Store doesn’t require a key.
    So that means the same key that our 8.0 has still applies here? Not like the previous previews... It's the first time I see this or 8.1 can also be called a service pack then.
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    Ohio
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    Windows 8 Pro


    Does anyone know when it will be available?
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    I think it's supposed to be made available tomorrow (June 26) but I don't know what time.

    I'm sure someone will let us all know when they see it.
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    Ohio
    Posts : 473
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Not bad but...

    I'm not gonna put the Preview over the 8.0, afterwards I have to remove it anyway, better waiting for the real deal so going through 1 install instead of two. It's just my 2 cents piece of meat. Those who like installs: just go for it.

    On the other hand, it's the best opportunity to test the new stuff on the native hardware and take a personal conclusion out of it.
    Just restore from backup and you're back on track in no time if anything goes wrong, right?

    What to choose...
    That's a good point which I have thought of. I'd like to getit as soon a possible to see what it looks like. But on the other hand, I don'twant to go through it twice. But, I'll probably get it anyway.
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    You're right Frank,

    I'll probably get it anyway.

    The restore from backup is ready in case needed. I'll better upgrade from 8.0 to 8.1 and not from the preview to the real thing. Less steps is cleaner even if I do need to remove the preview when it expires and restore 8.0 from backup before upgrading.

    But since the same key from 8.0 remains valid in 8.1 (or use new key as well) then why not begin fresh from a ISO image instead of upgrading? This will ensure maximum performance and clean disk with no redundant upgrade files.
    I definitely like that but first I'll have to see how many programs I use and if it's too much to re-install all from scratch (in that case the upgrade keeps it simple).

    Cheers
    Hopachi
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Anyone some clarification please:
    Keep in mind that, if you decide to install Windows 8.1 Preview from a dedicated ISO, you’ll need to input a product key, which is the one you got when you purchased Windows 8. Updating from the Store doesn’t require a key.
    So that means the same key that our 8.0 has still applies here? Not like the previous previews... It's the first time I see this or 8.1 can also be called a service pack then.
    Also, So what happens if you have an embedded key? I don't have a COA sticker as Windows 8 was preinstalled on my ASUS laptop. I guess I could use one of my Windows 8 TechNet keys as I've used one of those to update to Pro and then added Media Center with one of the free keys offered up by Microsoft. Right now my Laptop is activating against the MC key as that was the last one entered. Looks like I'll be doing the Windows Store option tomorrow. At some point though it would be nice to just clean install 8.1 without installing 8 first. A full ISO would be my preferred option. Hm, kind of makes you wonder, is there an 8.1, 8.1 Pro and an 8.1 Pro + MC?
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