Close

Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    DF Super Moderator
    evilsatan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Essex
    Posts
    19,954
    Thanks
    1,094
    Thanked:        3,186
    Karma Level
    1538

    Default Clean install Windows 8.1 on Windows 8 OEM device

    1) Download [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and run it (only if your computer originally came with Windows 8 and you want to extract the Windows 8 product key from BIOS)

    2) Scroll towards the bottom in the Software Licenses section, and look for your Windows 8 Product key, you MUST write/type this down somewhere for the future when you make a clean install.

    3) Download the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] (according to which Windows 8 came with your laptop, some laptops come with Windows 8 Single Language, some come with Windows 8 Core, and some come with Windows 8 Pro)

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    4) Download [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    Run Rufus by right clicking on it and choosing Run As Administrator

    Insert a USB Flash Disk and follow the below illustration:



    After the the process is complete and you have copied the ISO onto your USB Flash Disk using Rufus, ensure you have only 1 HDD/SSD connected to your computer while installing Windows otherwise the boot files will be stretched over to the 2nd partition or HDD which is a very bad idea

    Restart your computer and boot from the USB Flash Disk, then hit any key when prompted to start the Windows 8 Setup

    When asked to enter your windows 8 product key, do not enter your real product key YET, enter the default Windows 8 product key depending on which version you are trying to install: (this is only used for setup later on when we are in Windows we will activate with your actual product key)

    Code:

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    Proceed to the partition wizard screen, it is recommended to wipe all your partitions (if you have your data backed up somewhere) or at least delete the first 3 partitions that you currently have (EFI, System Reserved) and the base C: partition, then recreate them again

    Windows 8 keys in case you need them:
    Spoiler:
    Windows 8: 46V6N-VCBYR-KT9KT-6Y4YF-QGJYH
    Windows 8 Pro: V7C3N-3W6CM-PDKR2-KW8DQ-RJMRD


    After the installation is complete:

    1) When you get to the first screen on Windows 8, do not choose EXPRESS SETTINGS but rather, choose CUSTOMIZE

    2) Make sure you disable Windows updates for now and turn off "automatically get and install updates for drivers" otherwise you will have Windows update silently install the VGA, Bluetooth, WAN, and other drivers which you don't want! Always stick to the drivers from your laptop manufacturer

    3) After you get to the desktop, go to Control Panel > Computer Management > Disk Management, then change the drive letter of the BD-Rom Drive to whatever you want keeping in mind that you will now insert your 2nd HDD so that will probably need to be replaced. Then reconnect your 2nd HDD, then turn on your computer, shutdown, and reboot one more time

    4) Connect to your wireless network, then launch Windows Updates from Control Panel. Install all available updates but do not install any drivers or drivers from Windows update; right click on any driver that shows up in the available updates list, then choose Hide.

    The only exception is the Microsoft Wireless Router Module, that can be installed but NOTHING ELSE with regards to drivers from Windows updates

    5) Reboot your computer after the updates have been installed, then search for updates again and install the 2nd list of updates (if any)

    6) Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features > Turn Windows Features On or Off

    7) Check the first box which says .NET Framework 3.5 and click OK, when asked where do you want to get it from, choose Download from Windows Updates.

    If you get an error message, then check this thread it can be easily installed offline:

    Then try this:

    Insert your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 Installation Media, be it a USB Flash Disk or the Windows 8 DVD

    Press the Windows + X Button, then choose: Command Prompt (Admin)

    Now copy/paste this code in the command prompt:

    Code:
    DISM /Online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:NetFx3 /All /LimitAccess /Source:X:\sources\sxs
    Substitute X:Sources\sxs with the drive of your DVD Drive or USB which contains the Windows 8 installation

    Example:

    DISM /Online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:NetFx3 /All /LimitAccess /Source:F:\sources\sxs

    Press ENTER and wait while the installation completes

    8) After .NET Framework 3.5 has been installed, search for Windows updates again and install any updates that show up after the installation of .NET Framework 3.5

    9) Go to Control Panel > System then scroll down to the end and click on ACTIVATE then click on Enter New Key and enter the product key that is built into your BIOS which you acquired through Belarc Advisor as mentioned earlier in this guide. As soon as you enter the product key Windows will be activated automatically over the internet.

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    Last edited by evilsatan; 25th March 2017 at 09:46 AM.


  2. #2
    DF Super Moderator
    evilsatan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Essex
    Posts
    19,954
    Thanks
    1,094
    Thanked:        3,186
    Karma Level
    1538

    Default Re: Clean install Windows 8.1 on Windows 8 OEM device

    Bit late but I am using this info today to get back to Win 8 on a laptop to reserve the Win 10 upgrade to then reimage Win 10 and activate!


  3. #3
    DF Super Moderator DJ Overdose's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    On da decks.
    Posts
    9,987
    Thanks
    958
    Thanked:        2,195
    Karma Level
    1135

    Default Re: Clean install Windows 8.1 on Windows 8 OEM device

    Windows 7 might have been a lot less ball ache...


    DJ OD
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

  4. #4
    DF Super Moderator
    evilsatan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Essex
    Posts
    19,954
    Thanks
    1,094
    Thanked:        3,186
    Karma Level
    1538

    Default Re: Clean install Windows 8.1 on Windows 8 OEM device

    It was windows 8 so no downgrade rights unfortunately. Seeing as it was legit windows 8 I wanted to get to this before upgrading to windows 10 as I don't trust pirated OS's that upgrade to windows 10 won't be held ransom in a year or so


  5. #5
    DF Super Moderator DJ Overdose's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    On da decks.
    Posts
    9,987
    Thanks
    958
    Thanked:        2,195
    Karma Level
    1135

    Default Re: Clean install Windows 8.1 on Windows 8 OEM device

    Oh. I thought I read somewhere about windows 8 being downgradable as so many ppl didn't like it. Something like the same keys would work but you had to use the automated telephone service for activation.

    I remember once for work they had 100 machines supllied with COA's stuck on them. Which I took copies of and then removed . Since the company used their own enterprise images all the keys would never have been used.


    DJ OD
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

  6. #6
    DF Jedi crazyal's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Okinawa
    Posts
    4,214
    Thanks
    345
    Thanked:        468
    Karma Level
    490

    Default Re: Clean install Windows 8.1 on Windows 8 OEM device

    Logged in to my MSDN account the other day to find Windows 10 bootable images. No upgrade required - result.

  7. #7
    DF Super Moderator
    evilsatan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Essex
    Posts
    19,954
    Thanks
    1,094
    Thanked:        3,186
    Karma Level
    1538

    Default Re: Clean install Windows 8.1 on Windows 8 OEM device

    Quote Originally Posted by crazyal View Post
    Logged in to my MSDN account the other day to find Windows 10 bootable images. No upgrade required - result.
    You can get Windows 10 bootable images by using the media creation tool but if you are running an OEM licence then you must upgrade then activate. After upgrading and successfully activating you can then clean install using the bootable image.


  8. #8
    DF Jedi crazyal's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Okinawa
    Posts
    4,214
    Thanks
    345
    Thanked:        468
    Karma Level
    490

    Default Re: Clean install Windows 8.1 on Windows 8 OEM device

    Ahh right, didn't realise about the media creation tool. Not that I'll ever need it but it's good to know for others.

    Sent from my A0001 using Tapatalk

Similar Threads

  1. Install usb device windows 7
    By plasterer in forum Windows 7
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 28th March 2010, 07:13 PM
  2. Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
    By Raptor in forum Windows 7 Tutorials
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 24th October 2009, 08:20 PM
  3. Install Windows 7 Without Using Any External Device
    By Raptor in forum Windows 7 Tutorials
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 17th May 2009, 04:20 AM

Social Networking Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •