Updating windows product key

Microsoft didn't want to release offline ISO files of Windows 8.1 to Windows 8 users, that's why they programmed it to not accept Windows 8 product keys at the time of installation.Microsoft wants you to update Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 through Windows Store which doesn't ask any product key as its just upgrading the OS and not performing a clean installation.

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Visit Microsoft’s Upgrade Windows with only a product key page to download installation media for Windows 8 or 8.1 — all you need is the product key you found above. Bear in mind that Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have different product keys for some reason.

If you have a Windows 8 key, you can’t install Windows 8.1 — you have to install Windows 8 and use the free upgrade to Windows 8.1.

Windows 8.1 is a free upgrade to all Windows 8 users, so why Microsoft decided to make this so complicated is a mystery.

Since Windows 8.1 is called an update for Windows 8, its obvious that Windows 8 product key should work for Windows 8.1 too but that's not true!

This doesn’t apply if you install an upgrade copy, a system-builder copy, or a different edition of Windows 8If you’re interested in upgrading, you’ll also need to know which edition of Windows 8 is right for you.

The good news is that Microsoft has simplified the different editions of Windows in Windows 8....

This also won’t work if you try to install Windows 8.1 on a PC that came with Windows 8 — Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 have different product keys for some reason, so you’d need to install the original version of Windows 8 and then upgrade to Windows 8.1Are horror stories of how Windows 8.1 upgrades went horribly wrong keeping you from upgrading yourself?

If you are longing to try Windows 8.1, you can now learn from other people's lessons and upgrade safely! This feature is designed to simplify things, but you may need to get at your Windows product key anyway — use a tool in the next section to view this hidden key while Windows is installed.

Having your product key is necessary if you want to download Windows 8 or 8.1 installation media from Microsoft The Windows Store upgrade doesn't work for everyone.

To avoid or fix issues, perform a fresh Windows 8.1 installation using Microsoft's ISO file download.

You won’t see any product key prompt — it will all happen automatically.

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