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Hello,

2 weeks ago I upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8 PRO, and I am now interested in Windows 8.1. I tried it 2 weeks ago back when I recieved my new SSD, but I could not activate the 8 key on 8.1, so I gave up and used 8 in the mean time.

Will I be able to upgrade to Windows 8.1 through Windows Update when it releases on October 17th?

Some have said yes, some say no... I want to be sure, as I do not want to have to do a new clean install again.
    
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Windows 8.1 will be available on the app store for free.
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Think of it as a Service Pack.
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Originally Posted by Outcasst View Post

Windows 8.1 will be available on the app store for free.

What do you mean by AppStore? The first thing I did when installing Windows 8 is use Start8 (Stardock) to remove the Metro interface (I like having a Start button like Windows 7 biggrin.gif), so I use Windows Update to install updates, and download my software through Chrome just like I did on Windows 7.
    
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Means, will be available online via Windows store, and free for all properly activated Windows 8 computers.
So , don't worry...
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kcuestag View Post

[...] I could not activate the 8 key on 8.1, so I gave up and used 8 in the mean time.

It worked for me. Installation needed a generic 8.1 key. After installation, there's a link to change product key where it reports about activation status. I could change the product key to my legit 8 key and it accepted that and activated.
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Windows 8.1 is just like a service pack free to download
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Even if you have the start screen deactivated it is possible to open apps from the task manager.
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It worked for me. Installation needed a generic 8.1 key. After installation, there's a link to change product key where it reports about activation status. I could change the product key to my legit 8 key and it accepted that and activated.

Damn, why didn't I know this. doh.gif

Oh well, I'll wait for the official release date, which is just 5 days away.
    
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