I bought an Windows 8 Upgrade License after it was released (April, 2012) and installed it in my computer. When Windows 8.1 was released, I received it through Windows Update. Now I'm facing the Black Screen of Death after Login. I need to perform a Refresh (without losing my files) and it asks for a Bootable Media.
- The files I still have are from 2012 and I tried to put it in a Flash Drive and Refresh from it, but Windows says it's not a valid media.
- If I boot said Flash Drive and try to perform a Refresh on Windows, it says the drive is locked (because it was booted from USB rather than C:).
Now I'm wondering:
- If I download Windows 8.0 media from Microsoft Website and try to refresh Windows 8.1, will it work or will it be incompatible?
- Can I use a Windows 8.1 media installer from another person to refresh my computer?