Windows 8.1 to 8.1 Pro upgrade question

brkkab

Extraordinary Member
#1
I'm thinking of upgrading my laptop that came with Windows 8 x64 O.E.M. and has been upgraded to 8.1 x64 to 8.1 Pro x64 over the weekend.Can I do a clean install of 8.1 Pro with the product key that Microsoft give's me with the 8.1 Pro upgrade. I already have 8.1 Pro on a usb flash drive that I've used for clean installs on my desktop pc. Afterwards, I've alway's gotten the updates, including 8.1 Update afterwards. I'd love to be able to do the same on my laptop and start completely fresh, minus all the extra partitions Asus added. I know their supposed to be 3 partitions if you have a u.e.f.I., but my laptop has 2 more created by Asus. Those 2, I'll never use, as they're for Windows 8.
 


Trouble

Noob Whisperer
#2
Sure you can but you're not suppose to so I can't actually give you the step by step instructions, so.........
I'll help you Google it
http://lifehacker.com/5984278/how-to-do-a-clean-install-of-windows-8-with-an-upgrade-disc

I'd still use something like Acronis True Image or AOMEI Backupper to create a disk image on an external hard drive or somewhere else you consider safe, just in case you ever want the proprietary partitions back.
 


brkkab

Extraordinary Member
#3
Knowing my luck, Microsoft probably did away with that hack in 8.1. Thanks for the link though. Maybe, I'll give it a try. I already know about using the geric key when you install 8.1 if you have a 8 key and then entering the 8 key, after the 8.1 install. Maybe, I'll try asking Maximum PC, if they know a way to do it.
 


brkkab

Extraordinary Member
#4
**SOLVED***I decided I'm going to hold off on the Pro upgrade this month and put the money towards Carbonite on my desktop pc, again.
 


davehc

Essential Member
Premium Supporter
#5
If I understand you correctly. ( You have Windows 8.1 installed?), and you want to upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro?
All you need to do is go to the Control Panel - "Add Features to Windows 8.1" item. Just put in the Pro key which you apparently have,. After a very short check, the key will be confirmed and it will go ahead with adding the extra items. (Not many, in fact). You can check theis afterwards, if in doubt, by typing , in a run box, Winver. You should then see this.

upload_2014-8-1_10-39-11.png
 


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