Andrew: You were correct the 1st time - WE
Thanks for the feedback on the key. I'm not so fortunate though.
I went to update Windows and every offer failed. Could be that my connection disconnected or...
I decided to see if Windows was activated and was informed that the key was being used on another machine (my physical one I presume). I suspected that this might be an issue after reading the card Robinb9 sent with the key (one install only).
C'est la vie!
I'll try WU again to see if it was disconnection or the activation - but I think I'm about done with this exercise. I still have some images to standardize for my post in the EightForums tutorial.
Why would I need two installations of Win8.1 on the same machine anyway - the 2nd one was for testing this process and if I could get it activated ... a playground. I might... repeat might call MS and ask them about this scenario, but I'm fairly certain it violates the EULA agreement.
Now only if I had infinity rep points or was an MVP - maybe then. I could probably buy into the MSDN program and that would work too (different keys). As I said though - this (having a Win8 VM) isn't that important for me - that it can easily be done - now that's important!
One other question about your experience. Did you burn a DVD or put it on a USB? It sounds as though you put it to DVD. The "What's next" page is a bit foggy on the subject. It states that you can create a USB in one bullet, but say you can't use a USB in another bullet.
I'm sure there's a fine point I'm missing (install on another partition or install to a blank drive)
Oh yeah ... please mark this thread solved