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Possible to skip win 8 updates and install 8.1?


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#1 myym

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Posted 25 May 2017 - 07:43 AM

Hi,

I have made a fresh install on our laptop running win 8, and I was wondering if it is possible to only download and install the version 8.1 without going through installing all the updates related to version 8.

 

Is it possible? or do I need to install the version 8 updates first and wait until it notices to install 8.1?

 

Thanks in advance 



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 25 May 2017 - 08:04 AM

If the computer came pre-installed with Windows 8 the key is embedded in the MSDM firmware table. This can be recovered using FirmwareTablesView but you can install Windows 8.1 to a clean drive without first installing Windows 8. But, because you have already installed Windows 8 I do believe you can upgrade to 8.1 through the store without first updating 8.

 

If you find Windows 8 needs to be updated first I would stop and download the 8.1 Media Creation Tool. Do a clean install per this guide.

 

You can use the key found by FirmwareTablesView if required but you should only need to click next when the install asks for a key and once online 8.1 will auto-activate.



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Posted 25 May 2017 - 08:14 AM

Yes the computer was preinstalled with win 8 and I used the same files for installation. So far I have received a huge update about 1.7 gb but haven't installed them, but I believe there are more updates from my previous experience before the store notices 8.1 is available. I want to save the time with updating version 8 first and go to 8.1 as this one has its own updates too.


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Posted 25 May 2017 - 08:24 AM

If you want to save time then go directly to 8.1 using the Media Creation Tool to create a DVD or USB flash drive of 8.1. The drawback to this is you may have to install additional drivers from your OEMs website as the install media created using the Media Creation Tool is not OEM specific. On the plus side the install media does not have all the bloat sofware OEMs usually install on their computers. If you decide to go directly to 8.1 make sure you have all your license keys for any purchased software including Office and backup all your personal data including any browser bookmarks and email if using a email client vs Web mail.



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Posted 25 May 2017 - 09:29 AM

If the computer is from a big brand like HP, Dell, etc. the key is on the BIOS/UEFI and you don't need to know the key simply skip the prompt, Windows will auto activate when get access to the internet.


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Posted 25 May 2017 - 12:09 PM

Thanks for your advices I'll try them



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Posted 25 May 2017 - 05:17 PM

I did this just recently after buying a used laptop with W8 pre-installed.
I wiped the drive and did a clean install of 8.1, which activated with no problems.
 
I didn't run updates because I was just testing the activation.
When you do, and if you find the system just keeps checking for updates, you might need to manually install KB3021910 and KB3172614 to get things started.





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