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I purchased a Win 8.1 CD key, but I have no CD... nor Windows 8 CD Key. Help!

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Do I need a Windows 8 CD Key if I have a 8.1 CD Key?

Please, let me know... Furthermore, I just have a key where can I get a legit download?
Edited by xquisit - 3/17/14 at 8:25pm
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post #2 of 12
assuming its a full key and not an upgrade key, you just need a windows 8.1 iso
post #3 of 12
Download W8 directly from M$, and then input key ... Use a USB bootable if your board supports it.
 
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post #4 of 12
You can DL an ISO ... burn it to a DVD and run it.

WITHOUT the key it's worthless.

http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57608376-285/how-to-download-the-official-microsoft-windows-8.1-iso/

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post #5 of 12
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/upgrade-product-key-only

This link should allow you to download an ISO or even create a bootable USB drive. Just need a computer running windows.
post #6 of 12
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Thanks for the quick input!

I am currently running Windows 7 Ultimate 64, but a non genuine copy from the MicrosoftWebsite (I have no key!).

Another issue: My computer has malware and spyware, and I was hoping I can install 8.1 and clean out my drives (with a fresh install of an operating system).

Will I be able to clean out my partition with this 8.1 ISO?

Furthermore, can I just go from my Win 7 (non genuine) -> Win 8.1?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by xquisit View Post

Thanks for the quick input!

I am currently running Windows 7 Ultimate 64, but a non genuine copy from the MicrosoftWebsite (I have no key!).

Another issue: My computer has malware and spyware, and I was hoping I can install 8.1 and clean out my drives (with a fresh install of an operating system).

Will I be able to clean out my partition with this 8.1 ISO?

Furthermore, can I just go from my Win 7 (non genuine) -> Win 8.1?

Create a bootable W8.1 via a tool of your choice. Fresh install of W8 after reformat of your current drive. I wouldn't recommend doing an upgrade path of W7-->W8 if your current OS is filled with malware, etc.
 
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post #8 of 12
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Create a bootable W8.1 via a tool of your choice. Fresh install of W8 after reformat of your current drive. I wouldn't recommend doing an upgrade path of W7-->W8 if your current OS is filled with malware, etc.



You said Fresh Install of 8 (after I reformat my current drive), but I don't have an 8 Key just a 8.1 key; So what do you suggest?
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post #9 of 12
Just do a fresh install of windows 8.1
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Just do a fresh install of windows 8.1

Ok, how?

I just have a CD Key, any step by step tutorial?
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