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#1 Synthetic

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 19:23

Is it possible in any way, shape, or form? Any ISO's I can get (preferably a legal way)? Any software out there like nlite I can use? I know MS is hell bent on us downloading those particular updates from the Windows store but I want a less time consuming method

Best Answer Eric , 15 February 2014 - 02:34

For me the "work around" iso creation method didn't work.  I recently reinstalled windows 8.1 on a ssd drive.  I just used an 8.1 key that I had to get the install to continue.  I was then able to change back to my 8.0 key before activating without any issues.  I didn't know about this generic key at the time though.  I've been keeping up with this thread to see what your experience is.
 
You should be able to change your key through the system settings window on the lower right hand corner of the screen.


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Posted 07 February 2014 - 19:36

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#3 OP Synthetic

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 21:11

Ironically I was just looking at Winreducer when I read your post. So it can slipstream the 8.1 update into Windows 8 and creat a new ISO file? And if it can does anybody know where I can download just the 8.1 update from?

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 21:23

Is it possible in any way, shape, or form? Any ISO's I can get (preferably a legal way)? Any software out there like nlite I can use? I know MS is hell bent on us downloading those particular updates from the Windows store but I want a less time consuming method

 

Do this:

 

1) Go here: http://windows.micro...roduct-key-only

2) Download program from the Install 8.1 link on that page: http://go.microsoft..../?LinkId=271128

3) Go through the screens and put your key in.

4) You'll get a screen that says 'Install Now' 'Install from media' or 'Install later from desktop' - choose 'Install Media'.

5) On the next screen check the 'iso file' button.

6) Victory.



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Posted 07 February 2014 - 23:53

Okay I'll have to try that when I get home tonight and I'll report back! Thanks for the suggestions guys!



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Posted 08 February 2014 - 16:30

Do this:

 

1) Go here: http://windows.micro...roduct-key-only

2) Download program from the Install 8.1 link on that page: http://go.microsoft..../?LinkId=271128

3) Go through the screens and put your key in.

4) You'll get a screen that says 'Install Now' 'Install from media' or 'Install later from desktop' - choose 'Install Media'.

5) On the next screen check the 'iso file' button.

6) Victory.

So when I went to put in my key it said "This product key didn't work. Check it and try again". Isn't that because I technically own a copy of 8.0 and not 8.1 and so my key will only work with 8.0? Could be totally wrong but I thought I read that somewhere... 



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Posted 08 February 2014 - 17:09

Soooo I went to this guide http://dellwindowsre...windows-8-1-iso and when I went to plug in my product key I got this message "This product key cannot be used to install a retail version of Windows 8", I'm using a OEM version so I suppose that explains the message... Anymore ideas?



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Posted 08 February 2014 - 17:31

You have to install it with one of the generic product keys:
•334NH-RXG76-64THK-C7CKG-D3VPT for Core/Home*
•XHQ8N-C3MCJ-RQXB6-WCHYG-C9WKB for Professional

(These can be found in a file on the install media but I forget what it's called.)

After you install, go the system control panel (Control Panel\System and Security\System) and click "Change product key" in the lower-right corner and put your Windows 8.0 upgrade key in. You can then activate it.

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 21:47

You have to install it with one of the generic product keys:
•334NH-RXG76-64THK-C7CKG-D3VPT for Core/Home*
•XHQ8N-C3MCJ-RQXB6-WCHYG-C9WKB for Professional

(These can be found in a file on the install media but I forget what it's called.)

After you install, go the system control panel (Control Panel\System and Security\System) and click "Change product key" in the lower-right corner and put your Windows 8.0 upgrade key in. You can then activate it.

That key worked! But now when it goes to the next screen it says "We can't connect right now. Check your internet connection and try again."...



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Posted 08 February 2014 - 22:07

http://msdn.microsof...ndex=0&FileId=0

 

Just have a look there. Find the right edition/language you need, click details and Google the file name or the hash. You'll probably find a way to download it. Check the hash after downloading it and you're set. Windows images by themselves aren't really illegal content anyway since they don't activate without a legit key. As long as you make sure to get the original images anyway.



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Posted 08 February 2014 - 22:08

That key worked! But now when it goes to the next screen it says "We can't connect right now. Check your internet connection and try again."...


Is that during the installation or after first boot? If it's the latter you may need to either install your motherboard's network drivers or run Windows Update before you activate.

If all else fails you can use phone activation. It only takes a few minutes and they've generally only asked me if it was an OEM or retail license.

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 06:08

Is that during the installation or after first boot? If it's the latter you may need to either install your motherboard's network drivers or run Windows Update before you activate.

If all else fails you can use phone activation. It only takes a few minutes and they've generally only asked me if it was an OEM or retail license.

During installation. I'm at the screen where I put the product key in and when I click next is when I get that error.



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 06:20

During installation. I'm at the screen where I put the product key in and when I click next is when I get that error.


Hmm... does it not give you the option of skipping and activating later?

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 06:32

You should be able to skip the 2nd prompt for a key. The 8.0 key will work once you have logged in and connected to the internet.



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Posted 09 February 2014 - 06:36

Ironically I was just looking at Winreducer when I read your post. So it can slipstream the 8.1 update into Windows 8 and creat a new ISO file? And if it can does anybody know where I can download just the 8.1 update from

This would never work. 8.1 is not something to slipstream. Its an entirely new OS that's branded as an update. This isn't like going from SP0 to SP1 its a whole new OS. Its too soon to see how the 8.1 update 1 is going to be. My hope is its slipstreamable.