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since i'm on a notebook i'll wait for the official update
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I've been running Windows 8.1 with my Windows 8 key since release.

So, it should be completely fine.

Win 8.1 can be activated with Win 8 key. but you can't install it using one. I wonder what they were thinking when introducing such stupid restriction.
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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.

Just wait until patch Tuesday like everybody else to get the update and you have nothing to worry about. It's exactly the same as the original 8.1 ISO, only with a bunch of updates pre-installed.
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See that's what annoys me though. If I want to do a clean-install, I can use my 8.1 ISO which I've burned but it "lacks" all the patches since. If I could create a new USB with this update in it, it'd be much faster to do a complete refresh as I don't have to download heap of patches.

I tried installing it yesterday, my key did not work. I then went via the ei.cfg method and it didn't ask for a key anymore so I think that would work.. though I stopped it half way through.
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Win 8.1 can be activated with Win 8 key. but you can't install it using one. I wonder what they were thinking when introducing such stupid restriction.

Piracy most likely.

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See that's what annoys me though. If I want to do a clean-install, I can use my 8.1 ISO which I've burned but it "lacks" all the patches since. If I could create a new USB with this update in it, it'd be much faster to do a complete refresh as I don't have to download heap of patches.

I tried installing it yesterday, my key did not work. I then went via the ei.cfg method and it didn't ask for a key anymore so I think that would work.. though I stopped it half way through.

I also was annoyed just like you but gave up on that. At some point I tried that "refresh" method that was introduced with Windows 8 and it seems it behaves pretty much like a fresh install of Windows. I don't think updates are folded into wherever it stores the source it uses, but 8.1 should be in there as it's really an upgrade installation, not a simple update.

For when everything's broken, partitions gone on the drive and Windows can't boot anymore, I have a complete backup of the drive and can restore that. I basically think having a bootable USB flash drive with the backup software is more important than having current Windows installation media. tongue.gif
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See that's what annoys me though. If I want to do a clean-install, I can use my 8.1 ISO which I've burned but it "lacks" all the patches since. If I could create a new USB with this update in it, it'd be much faster to do a complete refresh as I don't have to download heap of patches.

I tried installing it yesterday, my key did not work. I then went via the ei.cfg method and it didn't ask for a key anymore so I think that would work.. though I stopped it half way through.

You can do that with DISM
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Piracy most likely.

But the update itself is free. And you can easily activate with W8 key, once you install it.
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But the update itself is free. And you can easily activate with W8 key, once you install it.


Maybe If the master key was compromised, then they would want to lock those keys in place and use a new master key to generate keys from. It could also be a limitation of their auth system.

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Good thing I procrastinated downloading the iso until thursday!
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