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I cannot complete the windows 8.1 update from windows 8 and from what I have read you cannot do a clean install even with an iso. I would like to hear from anyone who has gotten around this issue. I know a lot of the failed installs are due to driver incompatability but windows doesn't say specifically what driver is causing the problem. I don't want to uninstall a whole bunch of drivers just to find out the update still fails. Any suggestions would be great.
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You can do a clean install with the 8.1 iso. While your Windows 8 product key is not valid, you can get around that with two methods.

You can google for the generic 8.1 key that everyone seems to use. You install 8.1 using that key. Afterwards, it will say it cannot complete activation with that key, and provide you with a way to change the product key. There's something that looks like a link to click on, and in the window that opens, you can input your current Windows 8 product key. It will accept your Windows 8 key.

The other method is, you google for "ei.cfg". That's a configuration text file. Putting that configuration file with the right contents into the right folder, the Windows installation will not ask for a product key. After the installation completes, you input your Windows 8 product key and that's when it will complete activation.
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Thanks I'll try that over the weekend +1 thumb.gif
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Windows 8.1 Pro LG 24inch led Backlit Corsair K60 XFX 850WPro Fully Modular 
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Bitfenix Ronin Steel Series Sensei Razer Goliathus Steel Series Siberius V2 
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