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People who purchased Windows 8 pro Before 10/17/2013 (before 8.1 was released)

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I KNOW that they put 8.1 Windows as a FREE download update on the microsoft website, but how long is that going to last?

I have a USB flash drive with Windows 8 installer on it and I might reformat.... but I will have to re-download Widows 8.1 off the microsoft site again?

IS there a way to get that on flash drive or how long is 8.1 going to be on the microsoft site?
post #2 of 7
The update itself is free so that I know wont be taken down. As for what else you're implying I have no idea.
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The update itself is free so that I know wont be taken down. As for what else you're implying I have no idea.


My issue though is that if I download the windows 8 .1 update , my drivers on my system are Windows 8 drivers......

and I can't download 8.1 drivers right away can I ? Because I only have windows 8 if I reformat on my usb flash drive... do you get what I"m saying?
post #4 of 7
Someone here posted that they've fresh installed windows 8.1 with a random key that doesnt activate and later changed the key to their official windows 8 key in order to activate. I think that's the route I'm going to take as well, as I hate the idea of upgrading an OS and not doing a fresh install.
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Yeah. Simply Torrent a Windows 8.1 .iso and make a USB boot with it. The torrent will come with a key. Use that to install Windows 8.1. Once you are in Desktop activate Windows and change the CD Key to the one you bough. Worked for me.

Personally i dont get why MS did this. If you wan to do a clean Install of 8.1 with their way u simply cant. Even if you install nothing in Windows and simply going to the Store and updating to 8.1 the new installation will create Windows.old folder which i found very inefficient way MS still does upgrades.
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Yeah. Simply Torrent a Windows 8.1 .iso and make a USB boot with it. The torrent will come with a key. Use that to install Windows 8.1. Once you are in Desktop activate Windows and change the CD Key to the one you bough. Worked for me.

Personally i dont get why MS did this. If you wan to do a clean Install of 8.1 with their way u simply cant. Even if you install nothing in Windows and simply going to the Store and updating to 8.1 the new installation will create Windows.old folder which i found very inefficient way MS still does upgrades.


Damn this really sucks.

Can't you just install Windows 8, then install the LAN motherboard driver ONLY - then get online, do the update, then remove the LAN drivers, THEN install the Windows 8.1 motherboard drivers per your motherboard from a USB stick....

..Wouldn't that be close to a clean install?
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Damn this really sucks.

Can't you just install Windows 8, then install the LAN motherboard driver ONLY - then get online, do the update, then remove the LAN drivers, THEN install the Windows 8.1 motherboard drivers per your motherboard from a USB stick....

..Wouldn't that be close to a clean install?

You still will get Windows.old file. Personally i would not consider it clean. I did try it myself upgrading strait from a 2 weeks old Windows 8 installation with very minimal programs installed. A lot of things stopped working. As far as drivers in general they should be the same for 8 or 8.1, GPU drivers should be a bit different.
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