Two different computers, do I need two different 8.1 downloads? WZT?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by Espionage724, Oct 19, 2013.

  1. Espionage724

    Espionage724 MDL Addicted

    Nov 7, 2009
    #1 Espionage724, Oct 19, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2013
    I have a desktop with a Pro Upgrade Key, and a laptop with a Core OEM key (both legitimate, both for Windows 8).

    From my understanding, using WindowsSetupBox to download 8.1 will download a image specific to the edition of Windows you specify (if you enter a Pro key, it'll download a Pro image not usable with Core keys; something like that). Not sure if this is the case with 8.1, but I recall having problems related to this back on 8 (the 8 install image I had from my Desktop wouldn't start installation on my laptop due to key-mismatch).

    I currently have a 8.1 RTM WZT disc. From my understanding, installing 8.1 from this, and then updating from WU, will put you in the same state as a clean 8.1 install. Is this true (and not just assumed)? If so, do I even have to worry about trying to get a hold of an updated 8.1 image?
  2. Super User

    Super User MDL Addicted

    Jun 26, 2012
    Yes, you're right. 8.1 RTM iso from WZT + WU = clean install. M$ probably won't release updated Core/Pro isos, so at least for now WZT + WU is the best way to do a clean install.
  3. abbodi1406

    abbodi1406 MDL KB0000001

    Feb 19, 2011
    Just using 8.1 RTM WZT disc is clean install

    WU is just regular windows updates procedure
  4. uffbros

    uffbros MDL Senior Member

    Aug 9, 2010
    Can anyone verify that the above post by the OP in fact you would only get the Pro version and not both Pro & Core????? I do a lot of clean installs and would want both???? I read the other part of the post.
  5. remco8264

    remco8264 MDL Junior Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    #5 remco8264, Oct 19, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2013
    I have tried making the ISO from a PC running the Pro version and I believe the ISO does indeed only contain the Pro version.
    - created ISO is 3.04 GB, TechNet ISO is 3.60 GB
    - installation does accept Windows 8.1 Pro generic product key, but does NOT accept Windows 8.1 Core generic product key (''this key doesn't work for this edition of Windows'')
  6. ODY123

    ODY123 MDL Expert

    Apr 20, 2011
    The key to be used to activate windows will determine the version of windows to be downloaded and installed.