Windows 8.1 Pro Boot up USB

Discussion in 'Windows 8 Help and Support' started by EDLIU, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. EDLIU

    EDLIU Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2014
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    I have a Windows 8 Pro key.

    I would like to upgrade my Windows to the latest 8.1 Pro and make a "Bootable USB For The Windows 8.1 Pro", so I do not need to download the 8.1 each time I reinstall my OS.

    So what should I do to create the USB? Are there any "step by step" information?


  2. bassfisher6522

    bassfisher6522 Essential Member

    Aug 27, 2008
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    Basically you can't. That's becasue, and assuming of course, that this an OEM OS that was preinstalled by the manufacturer. So you can only update 8 pro to 8.1 pro through the store. If later on down the road the PC gets dorked up and reinstall from the recovery partition will take it back to 8 pro and then you will need to upgrade to 8.1 through the store.

    Otherwise you'll need a new product key for 8.1 for a clean install of windows 8.1.
  3. ussnorway

    ussnorway Windows Forum Team
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    May 22, 2012
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    As a work around you can use backup software* to make an exact image of the hdd which includes all the installed programs and windows keys onto a new hdd of the same or larger size. Standard practice is to put the old (original) disc in a cupboard or safe and use the new one … in the event of hardware or virus disaster you can replace the old hdd and boot back up in the time it takes you to screw in the new drive.

    * I use Acronis true image but there are some free softwares around that are used by the folks on this forum and for personal usage they manage to do the job.
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