Install W8.1 with W8 key

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by dariwonka, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. dariwonka

    dariwonka MDL Novice

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    Hello,
    I have my W8 key. I would like to install W8.1. Is there any way to install using my W8 key? Or the just way that there is, is updating via windows store?

    If another day I want to install windows 8.1 again... Do I have to first install W8 and then update to W8.1?? I hope there is some way to do it, otherwise, its so stupid!!

    Thanks
     
  2. MSDNAA

    MSDNAA MDL Senior Member

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    Yes of course you can install 8.1 using your 8 key, just use the available 8.1 Generic keys to install and later use your 8 key using the elevated command prompt and activate.

    Cheers
     
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  3. bamboutos

    bamboutos MDL Novice

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    Not all, you can also fresh install windows8.1
     
  4. acyuta

    acyuta MDL Expert

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    This has been answered innumerable times but still
    1. Install win 8.1 with generic/trial key
    2. Activate online with 8 key. Can use cmd too but the traditional online method in control panel/system also works as well.

    Do it again for future installs. Your 8 key is good for 8.1 through store upgrade and iso fresh install (using 8.1 generic key).
     
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  5. empireum

    empireum MDL Junior Member

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    I think you can't install Windows 8.1 GA using Windows 8 key.
     
  6. acyuta

    acyuta MDL Expert

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    You cant install 8.1 by typing 8 key at install screen but you can activate with it in windows. There is the difference.
     
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  7. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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    you can use the 8 key but need to ship around using gerenic key first and then use your 8 key for activation. Direct input of 8 key doesn't work.
    If you input generic key when prompted you can overwrite it with your 8 key and install. This is a funny way to do but it works and activates online. No need to wait until installation is finished and use cmd or such :biggrin:
     
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  8. acyuta

    acyuta MDL Expert

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    #9 acyuta, Oct 29, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2013
    As a matter of safety for windows install, I prefer not to input/activate my key till the system is nearly fully built up and acronis image is to be taken (3-4 hours). I have had experiences of botching up windows/software install and losing one activation. That was however in the past before I became a member of MDL and got hold of ATM (Joshcell)

    Anyway thanks for the above method too.
     
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