OK, before i start i have gone through the stickies and to be honest half of the stuff in them i don't quite understand, hence this thread. This is all being done on a virtual machine... I d/l the english WINDOWS 8.1 Core/Pro X64 ISO file(MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.8.1.RTM.X64.ENGLISH.DVD-WZT) from the "The Windows 8.1 (& related) Repository" thread, with utorrent. Im using "microsoft toolkit 2.5 beta 5" for activation/product key purposes. I have gotten the above combo to work and activate, but when i run a check(under the product keys tab) using MTK it states that i have a remaining grace period of 44 days, as i understand it it is supposed to be 180? Or is there a permanent solution? When i first installed 8.1 using the above, i used MTK and under the product keys tab, next to "product" i chose windows 8.1 and next to "edition" i chose: core. Then i clicked "Check" and then used the product key displayed in the console, which i used during installation, which worked. To the questions: Did i download the correct 64bit 8.1 for my pc(8gigs of ram, fairly new pc)? Is this the correct way to get a product key for during the installation of 8.1? Am i using the correct settings in MTK to get a key for during installation of 8.1, for the version of 8.1 i downloaded? Should i be even using MTK for the ver of 8.1 im using? or something else? Activation, next to "tool" i used AutoKMS and clicked install, then i clicked the green EZ-Activator, waited and was successful, but with only 44 days on the clock, is this right? And licence backup, i simply gave it a name, hit backup and it put a folder on my desktop, what is the reason for doing this backup? After the 44 or 180 days grace period are up can i simply just hit the green EZ-Activator button again to reactivate or is this where the backup comes in? --------------------------------------------------------------------- Sorry for all the questions, i just wanted to include as much info as possible. This is a little more complicated than W7 where all you have to do is use daz's loader, so im having some trouble understanding everything. Any help is much appreciated. Thanks.