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Windows 8.1 update with MAK key

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  • You can download an ISO file from the Microsoft Support page or Volume Licensing Center.

    Extract the contents to a file share. If you do manually the update process, open an UNC path and double click the setup.exe file. When an installation starts, you can choose "Upgrade".

    If you have chance to use a more professional way like SCCM, you can create a task sequence.

    The Windows 8 MAK keys cannot be used for the Windows 8.1 activation.


    • Edited by T. Kujala Friday, October 18, 2013 1:50 PM
    Friday, October 18, 2013 1:49 PM
  • So is 8.1 only KMS?
    Friday, October 18, 2013 5:29 PM
  • So is 8.1 only KMS?

    Hi,

    This depends on the agreement when your computer buy the MAK keys. If SA about Free upgrade hasn’t been bought in the agreement, you may need to buy the new keys.

    For detailed information, please contact license experts:

    Microsoft Volume Licensing Activation Centers Worldwide Telephone Numbers

    http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/existing-customers/activation-centers.aspx

    Hope these could be helpful.



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    Monday, October 21, 2013 3:19 AM
  • ok so i downloaded the 8.1 ISO file from VLSC.  I put it on a USB drive using Windows 7 usb tool.  When i click on setup.exe i get the windows 8 splash screen and then it says preparing and it goes to 100% then it goes away and nothing.  I even tried to boot the usb drive and it tells me to boot to and upgrade that way.   Hmm what else can i do?  
    Tuesday, November 05, 2013 2:27 PM
  • So is there no hope on this issue?  I have tried everything!!
    Wednesday, November 20, 2013 3:49 AM
  • Hello,

    Look for the setupact.log files on your machine from the failed upgrade attempt.

    Make that available for download,


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    Wednesday, November 20, 2013 11:39 PM
  • >>  When i click on setup.exe i get the windows 8 splash screen and then it says preparing and it goes to 100% then it goes away and nothing.  

    I am having the same problem.  The contents of my setupact.log file are below.

    2013-12-11 10:25:39, Info                  UI     Determining whether we should run ConX or legacy setup
    2013-12-11 10:25:39, Info                  UI     Will launch ConX setup experience
    2013-12-11 10:25:39, Info                  UI     Launching ConX setup experience


    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 4:38 PM
  • same here...

    2014-01-12 22:32:50, Info                  UI     Determining whether we should run ConX or legacy setup
    2014-01-12 22:32:50, Info                  UI     Will launch ConX setup experience
    2014-01-12 22:32:50, Info                  UI     Launching ConX setup experience


    Monday, January 13, 2014 4:34 AM