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Windows 8.1 update leaks to the web, direct from Redmond

  1. #121


    Posts : 835
    Win 8.1 Pro


    Actually, you can use the public install Keys to install Win8 and then activate with almost any valid Key.
    I do it all the time on my PC's.
    Surface Pro, Laptop, I have a technet key for one of my systems from when I was a member
    They all work.

    those public keys are on this forum and on MS websites as well,, but I can not locate them right now.

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  2. #122


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    I didn't want you going to the trouble of a reinstall for no reason.
    Yes, you did save me from that "effort in futility." I just got caught up in the moment and forgot about the BIOS changes to Windows 8 where manufacturers were no longer providing a COA sticker and opted to embed the key.
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  3. #123


    Here's how Aida shows in my case:
    Field Value
    Operating System Properties
    OS Name Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional
    OS Language English (United States)
    OS Installer Language English (United States)
    OS Kernel Type Multiprocessor Free (64-bit)
    OS Version 6.3.9600.17031 (Win8.1 RTM)
    OS Service Pack -
    OS Installation Date 30-Oct-13
    OS Root C:\WINDOWS
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  4. #124


    Posts : 835
    Win 8.1 Pro


    Here is the Post with the keys I was talking about
    Windows 8.1 RTM (Core, Pro, Enterprise x86, x64) leaked

    You still need to have a Valid Key,,, not all Product Key finder software will get the proper Key from your PC.
    I think ProduKey will though I do believe.
    I don't have time to double check this,,, but I will and will post back.
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  5. #125


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
    Actually, you can use the public install Keys to install Win8 and then activate with almost any valid Key.
    I do it all the time on my PC's.
    Surface Pro, Laptop, I have a technet key for one of my systems from when I was a member
    They all work.

    those public keys are on this forum and on MS websites as well,, but I can not locate them right now.
    The generic install keys are listed in this thread, Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.
    You can bypass the OEM embedded key by adding a PID.txt file to the sources folder of your install media. Windows will use the key listed in the PID.txt file if its there during setup.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #126


    Posts : 835
    Win 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
    Actually, you can use the public install Keys to install Win8 and then activate with almost any valid Key.
    I do it all the time on my PC's.
    Surface Pro, Laptop, I have a technet key for one of my systems from when I was a member
    They all work.

    those public keys are on this forum and on MS websites as well,, but I can not locate them right now.
    The generic install keys are listed in this thread, Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.
    You can bypass the OEM embedded key by adding a PID.txt file to the sources folder of your install media. Windows will use the key listed in the PID.txt file if its there during setup.
    Ok,, I will check that out. Thank for the info.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #127


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


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Here's how Aida shows in my case:
    Field Value
    Operating System Properties
    OS Name Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional
    OS Language English (United States)
    OS Installer Language English (United States)
    OS Kernel Type Multiprocessor Free (64-bit)
    OS Version 6.3.9600.17031 (Win8.1 RTM)
    OS Service Pack -
    OS Installation Date 30-Oct-13
    OS Root C:\WINDOWS
    Mine shows:
    Operating System Properties
    OS Name Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center Professional
    OS Language Unknown
    OS Kernel Type Multiprocessor Free
    OS Version 6.3.9600
    OS Service Pack - None
    OS Root C:\WINDOWS
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #128


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Tepid View Post
    Actually, you can use the public install Keys to install Win8 and then activate with almost any valid Key.
    I do it all the time on my PC's.
    Surface Pro, Laptop, I have a technet key for one of my systems from when I was a member
    They all work.

    those public keys are on this forum and on MS websites as well,, but I can not locate them right now.
    The generic install keys are listed in this thread, Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.
    You can bypass the OEM embedded key by adding a PID.txt file to the sources folder of your install media. Windows will use the key listed in the PID.txt file if its there during setup.
    Ok,, I will check that out. Thank for the info.
    I haven't confirmed it myself. I know when installing 8.1 it used what I had entered in my PID.txt file. Windows 8.1 ignores my laptops embedded 8.0 key anyway so that's not conclusive prof. I do trust who gave me that info though.
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  9. #129


    USA/Tenn/Oak Ridge
    Posts : 245
    Win 8.1 Pro 64 Bit
    Last edited by BunnyJ; 08 Mar 2014 at 21:03.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #130


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


    @ BunnyJ, that's pretty much what I see right up until the DigitalProductID line. Your LIVE ID email address is shown in your screen shot by the way. It's listed in the "Registered Owner" line.
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