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Official Microsoft ISO/Media Creation Tool

  1. #21


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    Hmm, I wonder if my Windows 8.0 TechNet keys will work for this download? I don't really feel like reinstalling to find out though. I'll just have to try and remember to test it out next time I do a reinstall on one of my PC's. Or wait for somebody else to test it.

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  2. #22


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    I just did a clean install of 8.1 Pro on my ASUS laptop. It has a Windows 8.0 Core OEM embedded key. I added a PID.txt file to the sources folder of my install thumb drive with one of my TechNet 8.0 Pro keys. That key was used to install 8.1 Pro. Activated just fine too. No prompt to enter a key.
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  3. #23


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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I just did a clean install of 8.1 Pro on my ASUS laptop. It has a Windows 8.0 Core OEM embedded key. I added a PID.txt file to the sources folder of my install thumb drive with one of my TechNet 8.0 Pro keys. That key was used to install 8.1 Pro. Activated just fine too. No prompt to enter a key.
    That is very good to hear alpha , if it works by adding features then pid.txt should've definitely worked nonetheless, isn't it?
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  4. #24


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    Quote Originally Posted by visruth View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I just did a clean install of 8.1 Pro on my ASUS laptop. It has a Windows 8.0 Core OEM embedded key. I added a PID.txt file to the sources folder of my install thumb drive with one of my TechNet 8.0 Pro keys. That key was used to install 8.1 Pro. Activated just fine too. No prompt to enter a key.
    That is very good to hear alpha , if it works by adding features then pid.txt should've definitely worked nonetheless, isn't it?
    I didn't have to use a PID.txt, it just speeds things up and saves me from having to type it in. If I had left it out I would have been prompted to enter a key manually. I have a custom install thumb drive for each PC. I just edited it and replaced the 8.1 key with an 8.0 key. I keep a list of what keys I used and what PC they were used on. I do the same thing with my office TechNet/MSDN keys. Saves me from getting any activation issues.
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  5. #25


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    @alpha With this new media creation tool, it automatically detects key on installation in oem lap, right? So downloading and installing win 8.1 update pro to a win 8 core oem lap won't activate the key, isn't it? Hence we need either add features to windows or pid.txt with this kind of installation? Or will it notify to enter pro key while installing?
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  6. #26


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    Quote Originally Posted by visruth View Post
    @alpha With this new media creation tool, it automatically detects key on installation in oem lap, right? So downloading and installing win 8.1 update pro to a win 8 core oem lap won't activate the key, isn't it? Hence we need either add features to windows or pid.txt with this kind of installation? Or will it notify to enter pro key while installing?
    This download is separate Core and Pro versions. My OEM key is for Core, installing Pro I would assume it would have just ignored it and prompted me to enter a key. I probably shouldn't have used the PID.txt file, old habits. I wasn't using add features, I was installing Pro directly. It can be confusing. If I hadn't added the PID.txt it would have prompted me for a key. To continue I would have had to enter a Pro key.
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  7. #27


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    Thanks alpha, yeah it was a bit confusing , got it cleared now
    So it is like this, the core and pro versions are available separately.
    Even if you have OEM Win 8/8.1 core pre-installed, when Win 8.1 Pro is selected during the download & install using media creation tool - you simply have to either enter pro activation key during installation or create a pid.txt file with pro key, in the installation sources' folder & continue with install, right?
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  8. #28


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    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by visruth View Post
    Even if you have OEM Win 8/8.1 core pre-installed, when Win 8.1 Pro is selected during the download & install using media creation tool - you simply have to either enter pro activation key during installation or create a pid.txt file with pro key, in the installation sources' folder & continue with install, right?
    Yes.
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  9. #29


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    Okay, thank you genet
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  10. #30


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Like he said, yes.
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