Windows 8.1 fresh install with Windows 8 licence

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Published on 2013-10-17T15:34:47Z Indexed on 2013/10/17 16:04 UTC
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I purchased Windows 8 online from Microsoft a while ago. Today Windows 8.1 was released as a free update to Windows 8 users over the Windows Store.

I was planning to do a fresh install of Windows 8.1 to have a clean system again and UEFI support because I got new hardware since the Windows 8 installation.

So my questions are:

  • Where do I get the ISO installation medium for Windows 8.1 64-bit? I tried this microsoft site where I initially got my Windows 8 ISO from, but when entering my Windows 8 key in the Windows 8.1 installer, it says the key is wrong.
  • Even if I get the ISO, will my old key work? I'm concerned because it didn't work in their installer (see previous point)

Do they seriously want me to reinstall Windows 8 and after that upgrade to Windows 8.1 through their Store?!

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