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clean install with win 8 upgrade disk on a win 8.1 device

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I once had a Sony Vaio fit 15 with win 8 loaded with bloatware, no recovery disk. However I used a win 8 upgrade disk to do a clean install on a freshly installed SSD, and it worked, though it didn't asked for any serial codes. I'm guessing the notebook had some sort of embedded registration or something.. But I'm getting a MSI notebook, and has a win 8.1, and not sure if it would be the same experience like before doing a clean install. If the worst come to push, I'll just have to get a win 8.1 oem disc. Any thoughts?

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I once had a Sony Vaio fit 15 with win 8 loaded with bloatware, no recovery disk. However I used a win 8 upgrade disk to do a clean install on a freshly installed SSD, and it worked, though it didn't asked for any serial codes. I'm guessing the notebook had some sort of embedded registration or something.. But I'm getting a MSI notebook, and has a win 8.1, and not sure if it would be the same experience like before doing a clean install. If the worst come to push, I'll just have to get a win 8.1 oem disc. Any thoughts?

 

You use an 8.1 ISO or 8.1.1 ... then use one of the 3 serial numbers floating around the internet depending on which version you have to get it installed. Then use a tool to look at the Windows 8 serial in the bios. Then use that to activate windows.

 

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-to-find-your-windows-8-or-8-1-product-key/#!1apce

 

But this new laptop you are getting might already have a 8.1 key in the bios so if you use a 8.1 installer then it will probably be just like before, where it won't ask for a key.

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You use an 8.1 ISO or 8.1.1 ... then use one of the 3 serial numbers floating around the internet depending on which version you have to get it installed. Then use a tool to look at the Windows 8 serial in the bios. Then use that to activate windows.

 

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-to-find-your-windows-8-or-8-1-product-key/#!1apce

 

But this new laptop you are getting might already have a 8.1 key in the bios so if you use a 8.1 installer then it will probably be just like before, where it won't ask for a key.

Thanks for the tips, I will let you know further if it succeeded or not.

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Yes, it can be done.

There is another thread where this was explained in more detail. Have a search for it.

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