Originally Posted by steven88
Originally Posted by Majin SSJ Eric
If you simply install the 8.1 upgrade from your Win8 PC you will then have the option to do a full clean install in the general settings menu of your new Win8.1 version (just like you can do a clean install at any time in Win8). Of course a clean install via ISO and your Win8 key ought to work and its a shame that MS didn't allow that but it is still the first day. I've heard that tomorrow the full d/l would go live but haven't confirmed it...
Yeah it confuses me as well....when Windows 7 SP1 went live, you could reuse your Windows 7 key.....when Windows Vista SP1 went live, you could reuse your Windows Vista key....same with all the XP versions.....why not Windows 8.1? Windows 8.1 is a service pack isn't it?
Yes, for all intents and purposes the 8.1 update is indeed a beefed up service pack that brings new features, just like Windows XP SP2. The difference here is the marketing attention that a new version number gets versus a service pack (even though Windows XP SP2 got a lot of attention).
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Originally Posted by DzillaXx
Windows 8.1 is not a service pack
You upgrade to it like you would upgrade 7 to 8.
You even get a windows.old folder left behind.
You get a new fresh Windows Key after you update.
Only way to get the key would be to go through the update process, then if you want to reinstall on a different hard drive all you should need is that key and a simple reg edit to make it look like you upgraded. If it still works in 8.1. Else if you want to do a fresh install on your current hard drive the built-in refresh option should do the trick.
It really is a Service Pack.
Proof of it is that Microsoft is treating it like a Service Pack which you will have to install sooner or later if you want to benefit from the full support period a major OS version entitles you to. Windows 8 will lose mainstream support in October of 2015, to get the rest of the mainstream support period you have to install the 8.1 update.
There is no reason all this process should be this complicated. Windows XP SP2 brought major kernel changes to the OS and you could use the same key. Windows Vista SP1 and SP2 also brought new features and you could use the same key.Edited by tpi2007 - 10/17/13 at 6:59pm