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installation key

  1. #1


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64

    installation key


    mine = ** REMOVED ** for Win 8.1 pro

    I Googled the installation key for Win 8.1 pro and they gave some but they all began with G and none were like the one above which worked for me.

    I was wondering why the one above was not listed.

    Also is the a G...... that works and if it too would work for me.

    Once installed I use my Win 8 key I got when I paid $44 to upgrade to activate the installation.

    Obviously my question is just to learn as the one I have functions.
    Last edited by Brink; 11 Feb 2015 at 08:22. Reason: removed your key so it doesn't ket invalidated by Microsoft

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  2. #2


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


    If you download install media from here, Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help as listed here, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create, you won't need to use any generic install keys. This media will install and activate with Windows 8.0 keys and 8.1 keys. Assuming they are legally obtained keys.
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  3. #3


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64

    error


    I apologize if I was not supposed to display the number as I assume that is why it was removed. I thought it was common knowledge. Sincere apologies again.

    I read the links over but could not see where I am doing it differently. If it is easier your way I wish I could see the difference.

    My keys are from the purchase of 44$ to upgrade. My pc came with Win 7 loaded .

    I did notice there are 2 different Win 8.1 pro #'s; one for 8.1 and one for 8.1 with WMC.

    I never saw the second before so always used just the 8.1 and after installation I used the key for the WMC I was given at the time of purchase which worked.
    Last edited by Peter2; 11 Feb 2015 at 10:32. Reason: moe information
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  4. #4


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


    The admin was likely just playing it safe incase that was your personal product key. You don't want anyone knowing what it is. Maybe I misunderstood your post. It sounded like you were using a generic install key and then activating with your other key. Where did you notice the 8.1 Pro with MC? That is not an official ISO. You cannot install with a Media Center key, not legally anyway. It can only be used with 8.x Pro through Add Features to add Media Center. I see you have an upgrade key, is this the procedure your using to install windows? Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
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  5. #5


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64

    imaging


    I saw your note on my phone as I was imaging with the wrong info about the WMC.
    I could swear I read that there was a key for 8.1 and another for 8.1 with WMC but I stopped all and removed the second key.
    In the past I insert the disc I made from the 8.1 iso and use the generic key to install and the 8 key I got when I bought the upgrade to activate. I then use the WMC key I got at purchase to activate the WMC.
    I won't be changing anything now and just hope I have the right generic key for 8.1 There was a smudge so it was not clear but I had a note in a pc so I know it is ok.
    I am imaging due to the 21 updates from Windows today.
    I am all set and thank you. Tough road back tracking but better than having misinformation.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    just hope I have the right generic key for 8.1
    Download and create windows 8.1 media - link in sig below
    There is no longer a need to use any generic key - the new media reads both windows 8 and windows 8.1 product keys..

    Launch setup media and type in your product key.. that's it
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  7. #7


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64

    progress


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    just hope I have the right generic key for 8.1
    Download and create windows 8.1 media - link in sig below
    There is no longer a need to use any generic key - the new media reads both windows 8 and windows 8.1 product keys..

    Launch setup media and type in your product key.. that's it
    that certainly is progress I will adjust my notes as well as my thinking and thank you very much
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  8. #8


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Peter2 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    just hope I have the right generic key for 8.1
    Download and create windows 8.1 media - link in sig below
    There is no longer a need to use any generic key - the new media reads both windows 8 and windows 8.1 product keys..

    Launch setup media and type in your product key.. that's it
    that certainly is progress I will adjust my notes as well as my thinking and thank you very much
    Um, didn't I already post that and say that in post #2 ?
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  9. #9


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64


    Yes -long day, Sorry again.
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  10. #10


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


    Fair enough, I've had days like that myself.
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