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#1 Nazmus Shakib Khandaker

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 23:49

We have figured it out guys!!! A Microsoft community member has figured out a genius trick to download a Windows 8.1 ISO using a retail Windows 8.0 product key! The community member's name is v-4abrew, and here's his awesome tip:

 

Simple Steps to Get Windows 8.1 ISO

Step 1: Go to this page and click on the “Install Windows 8″ button. http://windows.micro...roduct-key-only

Step 2: Run the file and enter in your retail Windows 8.0 product key. Click Next.

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Step 3: It will show you the version of Windows that is to be downloaded. Click Next.

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Step 4: Download should be started. Cancel the download immediately by clicking the X button on the upper right of the setup Window.

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Step 5: Go to this page again and, now, click on the “Install Windows 8.1″ button. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/upgrade-product-key-only

Step 6: Run the file and it should say “Download is interrupted”. Close it and run the file again. It should now start downloading Windows 8.1.

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Step 7: Once the download is complete, you will be given the option to create an ISO file. Do this and you now have an ISO file that you can use at your disposal.

You can now also use this ISO file to burn to a DVD or USB and use it to refresh or reset your PC! This is great to see the community members stepping up to make up for the stupidity of Microsoft not willing to give its paying customers an ISO file.

This post was originally published in McAkins Online




#2 Atomic Wanderer Chicken

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 00:01

OMG it worked, this is awesome! I am not sure if the Windows 8 key will work in the 8.1 installation though.



#3 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 00:03

OMG it worked, this is awesome! I am not sure if the Windows 8 key will work in the 8.1 installation though.

no reason it shouldn't as they are the same OS



#4 OP Nazmus Shakib Khandaker

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 00:03

OMG it worked, this is awesome! I am not sure if the Windows 8 key will work in the 8.1 installation though.

 

It won't, but you can use the default Windows 8.1 install keys (google it) and when it installs, you can change the product key to the Windows 8 version. Then, it will reactivate!



#5 NightScreams

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 00:03

"this key cannot be used to install a retail version of windows 8"

Yet I have OEM, not retail.



#6 OP Nazmus Shakib Khandaker

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 00:08

"this key cannot be used to install a retail version of windows 8"

 

You need a retail key. MSDN keys won't work. OEM keys won't work either. You had to have baught Windows 8 either from Windows.com or at a retail store. If you use the $40 upgrade offer, it works too. But if you baught a System builders OEM version, that key won't work.



#7 OP Nazmus Shakib Khandaker

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 00:09

no reason it shouldn't as they are the same OS

 

They are not the same OS. Windows 8.1 is over 1000 build higher. It doesn't install like a service pack. It has different build number, build string, it has also different setup. For instance, Windows 8 can upgrade from Windows XP, windows 8.1 cannot upgrade from Windows XP.



#8 Atomic Wanderer Chicken

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 00:14

It won't, but you can use the default Windows 8.1 install keys (google it) and when it installs, you can change the product key to the Windows 8 version. Then, it will reactivate!

Have you done this? So I enter a generic product key in the initial installation, then enter the Windows 8 product key after installation, and that is how you do a clean 8.1 install?



#9 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 00:19

They are not the same OS. Windows 8.1 is over 1000 build higher. It doesn't install like a service pack. It has different build number, build string, it has also different setup. For instance, Windows 8 can upgrade from Windows XP, windows 8.1 cannot upgrade from Windows XP.

they have been saying since it was released that it would use the same product keys, not looking to start another flame war like what happened in the other upgrade thread.



#10 OP Nazmus Shakib Khandaker

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 00:26

they have been saying since it was released that it would use the same product keys, not looking to start another flame war like what happened in the other upgrade thread.

 

No, don't worry about starting a flame war. Yours is a legitimate question. For whatever reason, the Windows 8 keys do not work when you are trying to install Windows 8.1. You have to install Windows 8.1 with a Windows 8.1 key. Once you finished installing Windows 8.1, you can change the product key from PC settings and you can use your Windows 8.0 key then and activate.

Long answer short, no you can't install windows 8.1 using windows 8 key. You can only activate it post install. I know from experience. :) Don't shoot the messenger. I am only saying what I have seen from experience.



#11 trek

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 00:27

Works for me. DOwnloading 8.1 with my $40 upgrade key... I'll check the ISO hash with the one I downloaded from TN.

#12 Shad0w480

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 00:33

Thanks! already downloading it :) so any windows 8.1 key floating on the net could get installed 8.1 and when install ends i go in and just change the product key from the settings stuff? i have already 8.1 installed through update, but it would be nice a clean install :) Thanks!

 

*edit* my key is from the $40 bucks upgrade



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Posted 20 October 2013 - 00:35

Thanks Microsoft for causing problems by complicating things like you always do! So you can upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8, but if you do a clean install of Windows 8.1 you cant use your Windows 8 product key, this just makes absolutely no sense!



#14 ViperAFK

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 00:40

Thanks! already downloading it :) so any windows 8.1 key floating on the net could get installed 8.1 and when install ends i go in and just change the product key from the settings stuff? i have already 8.1 installed through update, but it would be nice a clean install :) Thanks!

 

*edit* my key is from the $40 bucks upgrade

334NH-RXG76-64THK-C7CKG-D3VPT for Core, XHQ8N-C3MCJ-RQXB6-WCHYG-C9WKB for Professional are generic 8.1 keys for the installer.

 

Hopefully posting these isn't against any rules, but I believe its fine because these are embedded in Windows itself as a placeholder default key and do not let you activate, they only let you proceed during the install and you need to activate with a legit windows 8 key.

 

I used the professional key and it worked fine, and then activated after with my windows 8 pro key. My windows 8 key is also from the 40 dollar upgrade and it let me activate after the 8.1 clean install.



#15 Shad0w480

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 01:15

334NH-RXG76-64THK-C7CKG-D3VPT for Core, XHQ8N-C3MCJ-RQXB6-WCHYG-C9WKB for Professional are generic 8.1 keys for the installer.

 

Hopefully posting these isn't against any rules, but I believe its fine because these are embedded in Windows itself as a placeholder default key and do not let you activate, they only let you proceed during the install and you need to activate with a legit windows 8 key.

 

I used the professional key and it worked fine, and then activated after with my windows 8 pro key. My windows 8 key is also from the 40 dollar upgrade and it let me activate after the 8.1 clean install.

 

Did you found any difference from installing it from 0? or it's the same if you do the store one? *i mean about performance or something else