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Windows 7: Need help with windows 8 clean install on retail pc.

05 Nov 2014   #81
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
That is completely unfair in my opinion when you already paid for the pc. You should be able to reinstall windows without having to pay again.

Anyways thanks everyone.
Sounds like a good class action lawsuit against the manufacture if you can find enough people who have the same issue and paid to recover an os :/
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05 Nov 2014   #82
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Andrew: This issue bugs me, so I've been looking around and around. I think you've already gone to all of the same places I have.

Today, I found this:
Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help

I have not investigated the process further than downloading the mediacreationtool, but it sounds as though it might be what EVERYONE is looking for - a way to create install media.

I hope it doesn't take you in another circle - asking for a key and then denying the key.

Good luck and let everyone know how it turns out.

This might be an opportunity to write a Win8 tutorial if it fits the bill.

Bill
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05 Nov 2014   #83
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Thanks alphanumeric, gregrocker, and ThrashZone and anyone else who assisted me here.

I showed my friend Ubuntu and we talked about what he does on the pc. He decided he is dumping windows and is now very happy with Ubuntu. Touch even worked out of the box. I was very surprised. Ubuntu has come a long way.

Anyways, his needs are met and my job is done.

Now to write Microsoft an angry letter....

EDIT: Thank you Slartybart. I will try that later
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05 Nov 2014   #84
gregrocker

 

Thanks, Bill. Let us know how this works so we can bookmark the link.

It's downloading 8.1 here, says 30 minutes on MS campus. Try that one, Andrew.
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05 Nov 2014   #85
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

I decided to try the tool, it asks three questions (dropdown selections) Language, bit-depth and version

Then asks USB or ISO

I selected ISO and it started downloading.

30 minutes to know if the ISO is viable - I'll try a VM install

The thing I do not know is - does the tool read the key in memory? I don't think so because it asked questions that the key would have provided.

My thinking is you can get valid install media and the key is read at install time. There is still that nagging question of how this will work for an OEM key - mine is retail.

Bill
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05 Nov 2014   #86
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
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Now to write Microsoft an angry letter....

EDIT: Thank you Slartybart. I will try that later
You're welcome, but an angry letter is still warranted. MS should have provided the mediacreationtool to you.

Giving MS support the benefit of doubt, I don't know how recent this tool is or if the information has filtered down to first level support personnel.

Maybe they don't want to publicize the tool ... but EightForums will if it turns out to be the holy grail

Bill
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05 Nov 2014   #87
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Bill didn't you receive one of Robin's win-8 upgrade key giveaways ?
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05 Nov 2014   #88
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Bill didn't you receive one of Robin's win-8 upgrade key giveaways ?
yes but that is retail. That does not help me/us. And its for pro. Not OEM. We need to find an iso that can extract the oem key and auto install from the key in the bios like it is supposed to.

I am going to try it on the laptop a few hours from now if I can get my hands on it again. Thanks
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05 Nov 2014   #89
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

So far, so good.

When the download finished, I was faced with the question on how to create the media. Use the 'open dvd burner' on the window or use the Win7 download DVD/USB tool.

I chose open burn DVD burner and now have a disc. Will It boot and install?

Stay tuned!
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05 Nov 2014   #90
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrew129260 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Bill didn't you receive one of Robin's win-8 upgrade key giveaways ?
yes but that is retail. That does not help me/us. And its for pro. Not OEM. We need to find an iso that can extract the oem key and auto install from the key in the bios like it is supposed to.
Yes Mike and thanks Robin - but this is solving a different issue. I can only test a retail install, Andrew (or someone else) will need to determine if this is good for OEM.

more to follow as I play "normal user trying to figure out how MS supports Win8 installs"
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