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I have discovered a major problem in upgrading to Windows 8.1 from a retail install of Windows 8. To help as many users be aware of this problem, I am posting this topic in various places, solely to help the community. I have nothing to gain from this. I also spent hours trying to find a good solution, and Alhamdullillah, I found one! I posted this as s reply to this post. I hope you find this beneficial.

 

 

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I am reporting to you with a very important precaution for anyone who has Windows 8 retail and is planning to upgrade to Window 8.1 for free through the Windows Store. This is serious because you may loose the ability to refresh or reset Windows once you do the upgrade, and there is no easy way to fix this, currently.This applies to every one who bought and installed a retail copy of Windows 8 (including those who took advantage of the $40 upgrade offer).

 

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Edit on Dec. 09, 2013:

Warning. The following tutorial may result in your OS being converted to an Enterprise Evaluation upon a successful system reset/restore. The Enterprise edition cannot be activated with consumer licenses.


[size=6]A Solution to this Problem[/size]
I am very excited to share with you guys that my efforts to find a solution to the frustrating refresh and reset problem in Windows 8.1 has not been fruitless. As you may now, [/size]we have blogged earlier that if you upgrade your retail copy of Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 using the Windows Store, you [/size]will loose the ability to refresh or reset. Well, I have good news for you, as I have discovered one way to regain the functionality in your Windows 8.1 install![/size]
As you may recall from the previous blog post, when you upgrade to Windows 8.1, you cannot refresh or reset your PC due to missing installation files. To make matters worse, Microsoft stubbornly refuses to provide any ISO image or recovery files to go along with the Windows Store upgrade. However, the good news is that Microsoft is providing an ISO of Windows 8.1 to any users for free. This ISO is the Windows 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation for IT professionals. And because all Windows 8 ISOs contains the files necessary to install any edition of Windows, you can use the Enterprise evaluation ISO to refresh or reset your Windows 8.1 PC!
Please follow the steps to restore the refresh and reset functionality to Windows 8.1
Tutorial Level: Intermediate to Advanced
[size=5]Step 1: Download the Windows 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation ISO[/size]
Please go to the following link to download the Windows 8.1 Enterprise ISO. Remember, you MUST download the version (32-bits or 64-bits) that match your current install of Windows 8.1!
Download link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/hh699156.aspx?CR_CC=200320080
If you are using 64-bit Windows 8.1, download the 64-bit version of the evaluation. If you are using 32-bit version of Windows 8.1, then download the 32-bit version of the evaluation. If you don Edited by zhangm
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slightly off topic, but 8.1 dvd?

Is it available as an 'off the shelf' retail copy?

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thanks for the heads up. I went from 8 to 8.1 preview to 8.1 RTM with the .ISO

 

I assume I'm ok. no issues at this point

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slightly off topic, but 8.1 dvd?

Is it available as an 'off the shelf' retail copy?

 

I think so

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I think so

Cool I didn't have the courage to try an eval copy, might just go into a store and buy one :)

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slightly off topic, but 8.1 dvd?

Is it available as an 'off the shelf' retail copy?

 

Yes, this will work

 

But that is not the best solution because you have to pay over 100 dollars to get a copy. You already paid for Windows 8. Windows 8.1 is free from the store. If you want to pay for something that is already free for you, go ahead.

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thanks for the heads up. I went from 8 to 8.1 preview to 8.1 RTM with the .ISO

 

I assume I'm ok. no issues at this point

 

If you have an ISO (say from MSDN or TechNet, you are good to go). This is only an issue for those who upgrade through the Windows Store. :)

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Yes, this will work

 

But that is not the best solution because you have to pay over 100 dollars to get a copy. You already paid for Windows 8. Windows 8.1 is free from the store. If you want to pay for something that is already free for you, go ahead.

No I'm using windows 7,

8 never appealed to me, but from what I've seen in 8.1, I'm starting to be swayed

My question about the dvd was purely for a clean install option :)

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No I'm using windows 7,

8 never appealed to me, but from what I've seen in 8.1, I'm starting to be swayed

My question about the dvd was purely for a clean install option :)

 

Ah, I see! Well, the great thing about clean installs in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.0 is that even though you will be doing a clean install, the setup can still keep your files intact. That is, your documents and pictures will stay in the appropriate folders. All you have to do is reinstall your desktop apps! This is not an upgrade, but a true clean install. The difference between this clean install and clean installs in previous OS is that the setup does the manual work of backing up your files, installing windows, and restoring your files without you having to do anything.

 

Of course, you still have the option to format your drive.

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this really should be pinned I'd think

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this is good to know, thank you for sharing

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But wait, surely everyone makes a recovery disc as soon as they get a new OS?

 

Or keep the original .iso file to make one with?

 

Common sense, no?

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But wait, surely everyone makes a recovery disc as soon as they get a new OS?

 

Or keep the original .iso file to make one with?

 

Common sense, no?

 

The point is, if you have followed the upgrade route in the first post, it is impossible to do this.

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No I'm using windows 7,

8 never appealed to me, but from what I've seen in 8.1, I'm starting to be swayed

My question about the dvd was purely for a clean install option :)

 

May I ask what you've seen in 8.1 that you didn't in 8, that has almost swayed you? Personally, I still see nothing in 8/8.1 that has even remotely swayed me to leave Windows 7.

 

Surely not the start button?! :)

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May I ask what you've seen in 8.1 that you didn't in 8, that has almost swayed you? Personally, I still see nothing in 8/8.1 that has even remotely swayed me to leave Windows 7.

 

Surely not the start button?! :)

It's probably just more the fact that I'm either getting older, or I've gotten over myself about it and have begun to fall in line

To this point I haven't demoed 8.1, only seen screenshots and youtube videos, but for some reason I cannot explain, it's beginning to appeal to me.

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My clean install of windows 8.1 is missing that file too :/

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Hi, after the entire procedure is done, can the folder with the install.wim be deleted (to save space)?

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It's all good. I never used that feature anyway. I just keep drive images.

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Is it possible to use the enterprise 8.1 .iso with my purchased 8.0 key to make it a Win 8.1 install?

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Is it possible to use the enterprise 8.1 .iso with my purchased 8.0 key to make it a Win 8.1 install?

 

No, they are two different animals... Enterprise uses a MAK key/server to validate.  And your copy of 8.0 is a retail version, and requires a retail key.  But you can update it to 8.1 through Windows store...

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No, they are two different animals... Enterprise uses a MAK key/server to validate.  And your copy of 8.0 is a retail version, and requires a retail key.  But you can update it to 8.1 through Windows store...

 

I see.

 

In that case, given my crappy internet connection, and the fact that I have 4 PCs to update, I may as well stick to 8.0 until I get faster net access.

I really do not like the fact that Microsoft discontinued the .iso downloads.

Sucks.

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Hello everyone,

 

For those looking to be able to use "Refresh your PC" recovery feature in Windows 8.1 without having to resource downloading Windows 8.1 Enterprise. There is another way that involves creating a custom install.wim image file with your current installation files.

 

Though you want to make sure your system is clean when you do this.

Here are the instructions:

 

1. Create a folder in the C:\ drive called WinRec.

2. Open the command prompt and type this command: recimg /createimage C:\WinRec

3. Type the following command: reagentc.exe /setosimage /path C:\WinRec /target c:\Windows /Index 1 

Finally, exit the Command Prompt and try once again to Remove everything or Refresh your PC.

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Hi, after the entire procedure is done, can the folder with the install.wim be deleted (to save space)?

 

Once you finished refreshing or resetting your PC, you can delete the files. However, if you do delete this, you will need to copy the Install.wim file to that folder again in the future when you want to rese or refresh you OS.

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This, along with every other major issue with the installation process of 8.1 (along with that stupid Secure Boot watermark that is absolutely unnecessary), is making me doubt whether Windows 8.1 was designed to be as anti-consumer as possible.

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