Activate Windows 8.1 RTM with Dreamspark key

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by Stathis, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. Stathis

    Stathis MDL Novice

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    Is it possible to activate Windows 8.1 RTM using a Windows 8 key from Dreamspark? If yes which steps do I need to make in order to activate?
     
  2. Dolorous Edd

    Dolorous Edd MDL Expert

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  3. Jessica Alba

    Jessica Alba MDL Expert

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    i can confirm dreamspark keys works for windows 8.1 :D
     
  4. generalsu

    generalsu MDL Senior Member

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    Does it work for Enterprise 8.1?
     
  5. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    No; Enterprise isn't distributed through DreamSpark. Existing MAKs doesn't work for 8.1 (you need new one).
     
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  6. Jessica Alba

    Jessica Alba MDL Expert

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    nope, dreamsparks are retail keys.
     
  7. MrChris

    MrChris MDL Senior Member

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    Thanks for asking before I did. I also have a dreamspark account and was wondering the same thing. Now I have my answer.

    ~MC
     
  8. FaiKee

    FaiKee Misinformation spreader

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    I shall wait for next week if they do provide downloads/keys on 19th, then fresh install to replace my win8. :D
     
  9. Jessica Alba

    Jessica Alba MDL Expert

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    where did you hear that? if so that would be great:biggrin:
     
  10. Rock Hunter

    Rock Hunter MDL Senior Member

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    There is an easier way to change the key to your dreamspark key. Just go to Control Panel/System and look at the section for activation. On the right side of the screen is a link for changing the key. All you have to do is copy the key and paste it in.
     
  11. secretromeo

    secretromeo MDL Senior Member

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    #12 secretromeo, Sep 14, 2013
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    I really wish they provide 2 separate keys for Windows 8.1 like they did with Windows 8.


    Oh, do you know how can I order a physical/backup disk?
     
  12. FaiKee

    FaiKee Misinformation spreader

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    Just a side note: presently many people when they tried to upgrade from win8 to 8.1 with the generic key, they were only given the choice to keep personal files. Some time ago I had mentioned an old-time work-around: edit or remove sources\cversion.ini.

    But if you have a real and legit win8.1 key(DreamsparkP, MSDN, VLSC, whatever..), there would be no need for the work-around, you will be given the choice to keep everything. :D
     
  13. secretromeo

    secretromeo MDL Senior Member

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    OFF-TOPIC but still I want to ask... Does NSBE Jr. International ($0) grant someone a DreamSpark Premium access? :D
     
  14. FaiKee

    FaiKee Misinformation spreader

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    I don't think so, the "scholarship" has been removed last year, even for those who pay the high member fees. :eek:
     
  15. MSDNAA

    MSDNAA MDL Senior Member

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    #16 MSDNAA, Sep 14, 2013
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    Also I don't know why people are separating keys, as DreamSpark, Technet, MSDN? Except VLSC and MPN wherever you get the keys for Windows 8/8.1 are RETAIL keys. So it should work with 8/8.1 :)

    Cheers
     
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  16. Dolorous Edd

    Dolorous Edd MDL Expert

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    TN keys will be expiring with their accounts or after the 90 day extension. Anything activated up until then should be find but after that they probably won't activate (TN only). BTW, if you can prove me wrong I will be pleased as punch.
     
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  17. FaiKee

    FaiKee Misinformation spreader

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    According to BTOR's tests, retail keys *.dat files + WMC key can activate.
    but MSDN key *.dat files + WMC cannot activate.
    Don't ask me why, I don't know. :eek:
    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/thr...WMC-ISO/page10?p=799989&viewfull=1#post799989


    I don't know about others, but few years back in the "one-day free technet account" I got a Office07 key, last year I installed XP on new machine, then Office07 with the key and it activated without problem. :D
     
  18. Dolorous Edd

    Dolorous Edd MDL Expert

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    Last year they made changes, reducing the amount of keys and according to MS the keys would expire when your account did. Now that we can't renew it's a matter of time before TN keys bought after last summer's changes to start dropping off.

    All of my keys from my previous TN account still work.
     
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  19. mechanicweb

    mechanicweb MDL Member

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    Are you talking about a free WMC upgrade key giveaway via dreamspark like last year?