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Mine worked just fine. Just verify the SHA1
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Even if you have a windows 8 key? I remember people saying after 8.1 update hit that you can't use your windows 8 key with a windows 8.1 iso. You had to either get a 8.1 key or do the upgrade via windows store.
There was/is a workaround for it though. You can use one of the generic install keys (they won't activate) and change product key from Settings -> PC Info.
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Even if you have a windows 8 key? I remember people saying after 8.1 update hit that you can't use your windows 8 key with a windows 8.1 iso. You had to either get a 8.1 key or do the upgrade via windows store.

I've been running Windows 8.1 with my Windows 8 key since release.

So, it should be completely fine.
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Is this the official manual update to 8.1(alternative to the original metro method)?
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Is this the official manual update to 8.1(alternative to the original metro method)?

What's that?

This is just the release of refreshed Windows 8.1 .iso(s) by Microsoft for MSDN members. These contain all the latest updates including the "Spring Update" that will go live for all of us on April 8th.
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There was/is a workaround for it though. You can use one of the generic install keys (they won't activate) and change product key from Settings -> PC Info.

Are you talking about the install with generic key then change activation key after install?

Anyone verify that it works for this? Or still works? How can one ever do a true clean reinstall if you can't use your original key?!
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I'm so confused as to why there is so much confusion.
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There was/is a workaround for it though. You can use one of the generic install keys (they won't activate) and change product key from Settings -> PC Info.

Are you talking about the install with generic key then change activation key after install?

Anyone verify that it works for this? Or still works? How can one ever do a true clean reinstall if you can't use your original key?!

It works, tried it myself.

There's also another method. You can disable the installation program asking for a key. Google for "ei.cfg windows 8.1" about how to do that. That "ei.cfg" is a text file that you have to put in some sub-folder on the installation media. After installation is done, you can then enter your 8 key.
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I'm so confused as to why there is so much confusion.

Well the confusion for me is.. with the release of Win8.1, we needed to "burn" the ISO onto USB or somewhere so we could actually do a refresh. To get that working was fine and the Windows 8 key worked - but that method involved starting the Win8 download, stopping it and then re-starting which gave us Win8.1.

With this Update 1, I've got the ISO here but I'm now thinking will my key work. This is a different method, it was not gotten via the "store update" which made the problems go away with the Win8.1 ISO.
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Are you talking about the install with generic key then change activation key after install?

Anyone verify that it works for this? Or still works? How can one ever do a true clean reinstall if you can't use your original key?!
It works like a champ. win8.1 have different set of keys, so your old win8 key won't work during install. This has happened to me as well.
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