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Microsoft Expected to Release Windows 8.1 ISOs This Month

  1. #11


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    Will the Windows 8 product key(s) work for a Windows 8.1 direct refresh from an iso?
    Yes, though you may need to enter the 8.1 generic key to get it to install, then your 8.0 key to activate.

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  2. #12


    VA USA
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    W8.1up1 Pro x64 w/media center


    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    For brain dead folks like me the ISO is the only way to go. . .
    well I guess there are a lot out there than by how many D/L'ed the thing, smirks.

    btw spent a little time in ID, had some humanitarian mission thing at Coeur d' Alene when I was stationed at Ft Lewis WA, way back when, smirks. I always say'n when I'm ready I'm un ass'n all my stuff and movin to northern ID lolol.
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  3. #13


    Adelaide
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Yes, though you may need to enter the 8.1 generic key to get it to install, then your 8.0 key to activate.
    Surely it will have to have a proper key (for people who never installed W8).
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  4. #14


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Yes, though you may need to enter the 8.1 generic key to get it to install, then your 8.0 key to activate.
    Surely it will have to have a proper key (for people who never installed W8).
    If you already have an 8.1 product code your good to go. It will accept 8.1 keys just fine, and likely read embedded 8.1 keys during the install. However, if all you have is an 8.0 product code you may not be able to install using that code. You may have to install with a generic 8.1 code and then activate with your 8.0 code. I hope they change that, but that's the way it works at the moment.
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  5. #15


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    Quote Originally Posted by HOODY View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by LittleJay View Post
    After running the 8.1 update and making sure everything was working well I created system images on a couple of spare HDD's. I prefer this method over doing a clean install, because it saves me having to re-install all my other software as well.
    yup, same page ............. but its also good to have the physical disk just in case, the computer fails to boot to windows or there's no web access available.
    I use Macrium Reflect to do system images and the program allows you to create either a linux based, or windows based bootable disk, so I never have to depend on Windows booting, in order to restore an image.
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  6. #16


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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Yes, though you may need to enter the 8.1 generic key to get it to install, then your 8.0 key to activate.
    Surely it will have to have a proper key (for people who never installed W8).
    If you already have an 8.1 product code your good to go. It will accept 8.1 keys just fine, and likely read embedded 8.1 keys during the install. However, if all you have is an 8.0 product code you may not be able to install using that code. You may have to install with a generic 8.1 code and then activate with your 8.0 code. I hope they change that, but that's the way it works at the moment.
    Are you saying that people will have to buy W8 and then buy the W8.1 ISO?
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  7. #17


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post

    Surely it will have to have a proper key (for people who never installed W8).
    If you already have an 8.1 product code your good to go. It will accept 8.1 keys just fine, and likely read embedded 8.1 keys during the install. However, if all you have is an 8.0 product code you may not be able to install using that code. You may have to install with a generic 8.1 code and then activate with your 8.0 code. I hope they change that, but that's the way it works at the moment.
    Are you saying that people will have to buy W8 and then buy the W8.1 ISO?
    No, what I'm saying is if you already have Windows 8, with a little ingenuity you can use your Windows 8 code to go directly to Windows 8.1 using the 8.1 ISO. Windows 8.1 will activate with a Windows 8 code just fine, it just won't install with one. There are leaked install codes that will let you install but won't activate.

    If you already have a Windows 8.1 product code but no media the 8.1 ISO is what you want.
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  8. #18


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    Windows 8.1, 10


    I would hope that if Microsoft are officially releasing it to consumers (for instance those wanting to upgrade from Windows 8 but with limited bandwidth), it would accept a Windows 8 product key directly.

    I guess that means MS will need to do some tweaking to the installer because that's different from previous ISOs that people have obtained.
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  9. #19


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    I would hope that if Microsoft are officially releasing it to consumers (for instance those wanting to upgrade from Windows 8 but with limited bandwidth), it would accept a Windows 8 product key directly.

    I guess that means MS will need to do some tweaking to the installer because that's different from previous ISOs that people have obtained.
    I hope they change that too. The current TechNet Retail ISO's won't use the embedded 8 codes, and won't except a Windows 8.0 code during the install. Most people with a factory OEM install won't know what their 8 code is, as its not printed on the COA sticker. That makes doing a clean install on an OEM machine a pain to say the least.
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  10. #20


    Australia
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    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    You can use "Magic Jelly Bean" or similar to get the embedded code. I've got a retail OEM disk for Windows8 Pro which has the code shown on the package. Just hope the ISO comes with the code needed to load it.

    When I first downloaded the 8.1 upgrade the internet wouldn't work. I talked to Microsoft and the techo gave me a case number and said he'd have to investigate it and get back to me within in the next 3 days. In the meantime I reinstalled a bare bones backup image of 8 and downloaded the upgrade in case it had been corrupted in the download. Same problem occurred.

    IMHO a backup image is nice to have, but can't beat an ISO for a clean install.
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