The Trouble with Windows 8.1 Update

Windows 8.1 Install could not be completed

I could not believe how Windows 8.1 failed to install on a computer that has a factory-installed Windows 8.

I’d have to wipe the hard drive again and use the system-restore discs on this computer.

Going Back to Windows 8

Going Back to Windows 8

For some odd reasons, Windows 10 would not activate after upgrading from Windows 8.1. I called Microsoft and they told me to reinstall Windows 8, then upgrade to Windows 8.1 and upgrade to Windows 10. Microsoft also advised me to call HP and request Windows 8 Product Key should the process failed.


Windows 10 is not activated

Apparently the “factory-installed” product key caused the error. The end user product key is said to be installed in the UEFI BIOS, encrypted.

I guess I’d have to spend a few more days on this project.