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How to Install Windows 8.1 on a new PC with no OS...help please!

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November 14, 2013 11:29:12 AM

Hi guys,

I know this has probably been asked a thousand times, but despite reading loads of posts I still can't get my head around this.

I am using a laptop now on Windows 7. I am a student, so can get Windows 8.1 for £50 (I think). What I'd like to do is put a new copy of 8.1 on the PC I'm building at the moment. I believe I need to create a USB Boot Disk for this, but I'm not sure where to get the file from or how to make the USB Disk into a Boot Device.

If I download 8.1 on this laptop, will it be locked to this machine? If not, what steps do I need to take to buy/download/create the boost disk?

Sorry for the silly questions, hope someone can help!

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November 14, 2013 12:07:35 PM

If you download Windows 8 from Microsoft, you are downloading it ready for installation. You will be better off buying a DVD and installing off here.
November 14, 2013 12:28:26 PM

Ah okay. So I need to actually find and buy a DVD? Guess I won't be installing it this weekend, then. Surely there must be a way to download Windows but keep it for use on another PC? I'd hoped to keep Windows 7 on this and get 8.1 on the new PC. Seems simple but I can't seem to find the solution!
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November 14, 2013 12:46:43 PM

Okay, I found this: http://betanews.com/2013/11/06/how-to-create-a-bootable...

Which looks like it might just work. Only thing is, how do I get the Product Key needed for the ISO download? I can buy 8.1 now, but will they give me the product key itself or does it come 'pre-installed' on the software that would be specific for this laptop?
March 17, 2014 1:58:42 PM

SuperADJ said:
Okay, I found this: http://betanews.com/2013/11/06/how-to-create-a-bootable...

Which looks like it might just work. Only thing is, how do I get the Product Key needed for the ISO download? I can buy 8.1 now, but will they give me the product key itself or does it come 'pre-installed' on the software that would be specific for this laptop?


Did this work? I'm in a similar situation
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