Upgrading from 8 to 8.1

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by Linktopower, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. Linktopower

    Linktopower MDL Member

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    So with Windows 8.1 being released I'm was wanting to ask if I have a legal windows 8, and I obtain a Windows 8.1 iso.
    Would I be able to upgrade and not have to activate? since I was already legal? or do you have a product key to do an upgrade to 8.1?

    I know that sounds confusing but I haven't really messed with windows 8 in quite some time. :|
     
  2. Malak101

    Malak101 MDL Novice

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    You can upgrade from Windows 8.0 to 8.1 without needing to re-activate. Genuine Windows 8.0 retail serial keys can activate Windows 8.1 on a clean install.
     
  3. bassfisher6522

    bassfisher6522 MDL Novice

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    The short answer is NO....if this is a clean install. You can use the ISO to upgrade, as if you were going through the upgrade the MS store. The only benefit with the ISO as it stands now is, if you need to repair the upgrade install of 8.1, then you have it to do so.
     
  4. Linktopower

    Linktopower MDL Member

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    Alright thanks for the info guys that's all I needed to know. :)
     
  5. Linktopower

    Linktopower MDL Member

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    Obtained an ISO, cleaned installed with generic key, then changed the key to my retail pro key and blam activated.
    Its just as I thought simple, I have to say 8.1 is quite a but nicer.
     
  6. Rock Hunter

    Rock Hunter MDL Senior Member

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    I did the same as Linktopower but there is one more step involved where you have to get the secret code from Microsoft by phone or e-mail. It's one more Microsoft Pain In The Ass to have to go through.
     
  7. Linktopower

    Linktopower MDL Member

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    What? there is another step, I figured it was over after I used the change product key in the PC Settings, when it checked my key it took a few moments and it activated just fine.
     
  8. nizardigital

    nizardigital MDL Novice

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    buy win8 license, activate the serial number, and upgrade from microsoft store.
     
  9. pun

    pun MDL Senior Member

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    Weird. Legit keys activate normally, no worries. MAK keys need to be still not blacklisted for a phone activation, and KMS uses none of those activation techniques. What method are you using?

    He already has a Win 8 license, and an ISO of 8.1. Saves him the pain of having to download through the store (which holds a risk of downloading corrupted files), but otherwise there's no tangible benefit.
     
  10. gonz621

    gonz621 MDL Junior Member

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    Your "Retail Pro key" means Windows 8 Pro key activated in a Windows 8.1 Pro system?
     
  11. OldMX

    OldMX MDL Senior Member

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    Get the iso from the repository, install with generic key and once done replace with your original key, simple as that