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One question the CANITPRO team receives quite frequently, besides how to download the Windows 8.1 ISO, is how to perform a clean install of Windows 8.1 with a Windows 8 key. Many IT professionals are looking for ways to save time migrating there organizations computers to Windows 8.1 now that the end of support for Windows XP is upon us. We have detailed many ways of completing mass deployments of Windows 8.1 and while the steps can be completed by any size organization, we at CANITPRO wanted to also ensure we provided steps for small businesses as well. This post will detail ways to install Windows 8.1 utilizing your Windows 8 key better suited for small organizations.
NOTE: This method only works with Windows 8.1 Pro or Enterprise.
Step 1: Downloading Windows 8.1 Pro
Install now: Will immediately install Windows 8 or 8.1 on the computer it is downloaded onInstall by creating media: Will create an ISO of Windows 8 or 8.1 to installed via a bootable USB or DVDInstall later from your desktop: Creates an executable to install Windows 8 or 8.1 later from your computerSelect Install by creating media and then select Next
Step 2: Prepping Your Newly Created USB Key For a Clean Windows 8.1 Install
That completes the Windows 8.1 clean installation. To add, the newly created bootable USB key can be used as many times as required by the installer. Be sure to also checkout, Microsoft Virtual Academy which provides a great resource in regards to furthering knowledge on Windows 8.1 for business. Check out the latest module entitled: Small Business: What’s New in Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals
Thank you Mr. Anthony
Thank you for your tips. Clean and clear!