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Windows 8.1 RTM Released to MSDN & Technet

  1. #91


    Manchester CT
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    Folks,
    Is there anyone who upgraded to 8.1 using no key or the Win8 key, is the op sys activated?

    Attachment 27577
    It says in your screen shot that Windows is activated!
    Heh, I know I am activated, I was wondering if the folks who installed Win8.1 WITHOUT A KEY were activated. Is it one of these "you can run it for 90 days and then we start turning things off" deals?

    I thought Win 8.1 was a free upgrade so why did it ask for a key when I installed it? I had keys from Technet for Win 8.1 Pro x64.

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  2. #92


    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    I thought Win 8.1 was a free upgrade so why did it ask for a key when I installed it? I had keys from Technet for Win 8.1 Pro x64.
    Most upgrades require a key ( as opposed to SP's)...

    The (cheap) Win8 upgrade did as does the WMC upgrade (remember these are new editions of the OS which has it's own specific keys ) ... so not a great surprise (which makes nonsense of the fact that we are able to activate 8.1 with an 8.0 key... but then who's complaining LOL)

    - the free upgrade merely refers to a free key, I'm assuming.
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  3. #93


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    ACPI Table > MSDM tab. Product key is at the bottom.
    I don't have MSDM tab. SLIC tab has OEM Lenovo details (I had 7 Pro originally and did 8 clean install now want to do 8.1 clean install). I looked in all the other keys on ACPI using RW but could see nothing that looks like a license key. Am I missing something?
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  4. #94


    Yes, you are missing the OA3.0 (MSDM) table of Windows 8 OEM bios - you have the old OA2.1 (SLIC 2.1) table which shipped with Windows 7 - you thus can't do a Windows 8.1 OEM install - but rather a retail upgrade....
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  5. #95


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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Thanks. Sorry if it is a dumb question but upgrade (keep nothing option) is essentially the same as clean install right? I just don't format the drive before I start?
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  6. #96


    Essentially, but I prefer a clean install - it's quicker and 'cleaner'...
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  7. #97


    Posts : 207
    Windows 8.1 update 1 Pro X64 with WMC


    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    Essentially, but I prefer a clean install - it's quicker and 'cleaner'...
    yes clean install is always best IMHO
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  8. #98


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    I thought Win 8.1 was a free upgrade so why did it ask for a key when I installed it? I had keys from Technet for Win 8.1 Pro x64.
    I think you won't need a key when it's released to consumers in October. The official route will be via the Windows Store, and I'd bet you won't need to put a key in through that route.

    The current MSDN/Technet release is described as being "for testing" so doesn't have the final upgrade mechanism.
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  9. #99


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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    I've got an 8 Pro upgrade key from 7 Ultimate (+ a MC key as well). If I do clean install using generic key I can then activate with the 7 to 8 upgrade key and then add WMC back. Is this right? It was my plan until I saw these posts about retrieving the key using RWEverything.
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  10. #100


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


    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    Folks,
    Is there anyone who upgraded to 8.1 using no key or the Win8 key, is the op sys activated?

    Attachment 27577
    It says in your screen shot that Windows is activated!
    Heh, I know I am activated, I was wondering if the folks who installed Win8.1 WITHOUT A KEY were activated. Is it one of these "you can run it for 90 days and then we start turning things off" deals?

    I thought Win 8.1 was a free upgrade so why did it ask for a key when I installed it? I had keys from Technet for Win 8.1 Pro x64.
    Ok, I wasn't exactly sure what you were asking. If you upgrade though the store you won't be asked for a key. I wasn't when I tried out the preview. That's the way Microsoft wants you to do it. The general public isn't supposed to have access to the ISO files. If you do a clean install you'll get asked. I'm not sure what happens if you do the upgrade from the ISO with 8 already installed. I haven't had my first cup of coffee yet so bare with me.
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