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  1. #101


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    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    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.
    RwEverything is being used to retrieve the new embedded factory OEM keys. If you PC shipped with Window7 or earlier, it won't have one anyway. Upgrade keys can be problematic, they won't work for a clean install of 8 for example. I'm not sure it yours will be accepted though the change product key option. If somebody else has tried it I'm sure they post back how it went.

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  2. #102


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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    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.
    That's my understanding too, if you upgrade though the store you won't be asked to enter a product code. Assuming you have a legal activated system.
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  3. #103


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    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.
    Yup.. makes sense...

    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I haven't had my first cup of coffee yet so bare with me.
    Neither have I... bottoms up!
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  4. #104


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    I did a quick reread of this thread and it looks like if you run the setup from Windows 8 to do the upgrade, you do have to enter a Windows 8.1 product code. And then do the change product code option to enter your Windows 8 key. If somebody that has done this can confirm it that would be appreciated.
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  5. #105


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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I did a quick reread of this thread and it looks like if you run the setup from Windows 8 to do the upgrade, you do have to enter a Windows 8.1 product code. And then do the change product code option to enter your Windows 8 key. If somebody that has done this can confirm it that would be appreciated.
    To upgrade yes, you need the Windows 8.1 key.
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  6. #106


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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I did a quick reread of this thread and it looks like if you run the setup from Windows 8 to do the upgrade, you do have to enter a Windows 8.1 product code. And then do the change product code option to enter your Windows 8 key. If somebody that has done this can confirm it that would be appreciated.
    To upgrade yes, you need the Windows 8.1 key.
    OK, that clears that up, thank you.
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  7. #107


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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    If I find time later, I will test with the Retail option, may be the OEM manufacturer's will work the same.

    Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    It seems others are doing this:

    You need a key to install it.

    Bottom of the first post Windows 8.1 RTM (Core, Pro, Enterprise x86, x64) leaked

    You then need to enter your oem key to activate - better find out what that is first.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by floepie View Post
    Not sure if I understand. How did you bypass the key prompt? I have a new W8 laptop with the BIOS key, so I'm assuming that mine, like yours, will also get its BIOS key recognized somewhere during the install. When I attempted to install, I didn't see a way around the key prompt.
    Since I'm still using the laptop's OEM license:
    I use the 8.1 Core version, to match the one the OEM installed for 8.0.

    For this you need to make a custom ISO where you can select Core version (Pro will be also listed below). This will also skip the key prompt before install.

    About that custom ISO:

    It contains one extra file in the sources folder, that's all.

    Version selection menu:
    You don't actually need an ISO in the end if you boot from USB, just put the files on USB stick and in the sources folder, one extra file called "ei.cfg" with the following options in it:

    Code:
    [Channel]
    OEM
    
    
    [VL]
    0
    All options above work.
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  8. #108


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    Windows 8.1 Core


    For those who are curious, I just installed 8.1 after formatting the previous install. I inserted the ei.cfg with the OEM option and I wasn't prompted for a key upon install. However, before windows begins the first boot, you are prompted once again for a key, but at this time, you can simply skip it.

    I was wrong in my assumption that with this ei.cfg, the install would pick up the OEM BIOS key. I did have to enter it manually by changing the key in the system properties, and it activated just fine.
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  9. #109


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    Also
    If you Clean install a OEM manufacturer's the Recovery Partition & USB Recovery Drive are made unusable.
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  10. #110


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    Windows 8.1 Core


    Are you saying that a clean install would wipe the OEM recovery partition (which just can't be!)? Or, do you mean that an 8.1 generated USB recovery drive cannot be used to restore the copied WIMs on the USB drive from the OEM recovery partition because the WIM's are in an 8.0 specific format?
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