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by lunarg on April 15th 2015, at 11:23

To (re)-install Windows 8 or 8.1 with retail or OEM media (including the online media creator), you can (temporarily) use the "generic" installation keys, officially provided by Microsoft.

These keys allow you to perform the installation, after which Windows will run in a 30-day trial mode, before a proper key and activation is required. The keys are language and platform-independent.

Windows 8.1 (Core)334NH-RXG76-64THK-C7CKG-D3VPT
Windows 8.1 N(Core)6NPQ8-PK64X-W4WMM-MF84V-RGB89
Windows 8.1 (Core) SLY9NXP-XT8MV-PT9TG-97CT3-9D6TC
Windows 8.1 ProXHQ8N-C3MCJ-RQXB6-WCHYG-C9WKB
Windows 8.1 Pro NJRBBN-4Q997-H4RM2-H3B7W-Q68KC
Windows 8.1 Pro w/ Media CenterGBFNG-2X3TC-8R27F-RMKYB-JK7QT

If you have an official Windows 8 key, you will need to use the installation key to perform a clean install of Windows 8.1, then activate with your official key, because Windows 8 keys are not accepted directly in Windows 8.1 setup.

 
 
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