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    How to clean reinstall OEM Windows 8 (non-Pro)?


    Let's say your computer comes with Windows 8 (not 8 Pro) preinstalled, using a SLIC and not a product key. Yu decide you hate the OEM crapware and want to do a clean reinstall. Bt you don't have reinstallation media, or the media includes the crapware.

    What are your options?
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    If I understand what you are saying you could just do the install and then run PC Decrapifier.

    Works great for me anyways.
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    'magic jelly bean' pull the key ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
    Let's say your computer comes with Windows 8 (not 8 Pro) preinstalled, using a SLIC and not a product key. Yu decide you hate the OEM crapware and want to do a clean reinstall. Bt you don't have reinstallation media, or the media includes the crapware.

    What are your options?
    I have trouble imagining having a satisfactory computing experience without having at least an upgrade install DVD. Here is a tutorial that allows you to downgrade Win8 to Win7 when running preinstalled Windows 8 and UEFI (doing so not so challenging without UEFI). Next, you download the Windows 8 upgrade (or buy the needed disc set retail), create the install media of your choice if necessary, and clean install. Hopefully, you have what's needed to install Win7. With newer hardware. there may be issues if you need to go back to, say, Vista.
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    "IF" you can get a copy of the installation media (either retail, Technet, MSDN, Dreamspark, etc), you can install with this disc.

    Your system has the key burned into the mobo and during installation you will simply NOT be asked for a key, and the software will just load and will automatically activate.

    I just did this on an Acer computer we had at work for a tradeshow. I used my MSDN copy of Windows 8 64bit and reinestalled clean. No key needed whatsoever.
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    But there's no way to download the installation media using the key?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
    But there's no way to download the installation media using the key?
    Correct, you must have an option to get a copy of the media. If you have Technet, MSDN or a friend who has either who can supply you with an ISO would get you the install media you need.
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    Ah. I did find a list of keys that I can use to download (but not activate), but I can't really link to them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
    Ah. I did find a list of keys that I can use to download (but not activate), but I can't really link to them.
    To do what you want in an EULA consistent way, you need to pay the price of admission--which means that you have to buy a second product key. In this regard, there is no legitimate way to get an ISO without having or obtaining a valid product key--not including an embedded OEM product key. In this regard, I am ignoring the possibility of creating an ISO from purchased retail software--which would automatically come with a product key in the first place. Note that I am not going debate whether one should or should not be able to do what you want without buying a second product despite existing EULA's an OEM agreements.

    So, you have, IMO, two at least semi-reasonable alternatives (i.e., ignoring getting an ISO--which you also could do, but the issues would not go away). First, you could purchase a retail Windows 8 Pro upgrade software set (not going to deal with plain Windows 8--why bother?). This set comes with two discs (32-bit and 64-bit), and the 64-bit disc will have UEFI support. Given this set, you can install anyway you want. But, there is a possible question about the EULA consistency of using such software to reinstall even the same version of Windows 8 on an OEM computer (unless you forfeit a key from other qualifying software). I'm not going to get into all the issues that might be raised here.

    The second alternative is to purchase MS system builder software and install under the personal-use license (you can get at least 64-bit pro with UEFI). This software is full-install software. Thus, this disc can be used to install any way you want and over anything you want with no qualms whatsoever (unless there is some specific prohibition/stipulation from your OEM). This alternative is the one I would choose. In this regard, I would gladly use the software to obliterate an OEM installation. I like this alternative because it would allow me to get as far as possible from being under the thumb or either MS or an OEM.

    Confusion can occur when reading the EULA pertaining to this software/license. If interested, then see this thread: Win8 OEM System Builder License. My conclusion, based on the discussion in the thread, is that the correct operational interpretation is that anyone can use this software and license.

    Here is what I think is allowed to anyone buying such software and installing under the personal-use license. First, you can have one installation at a time on one owned computer. Your installation can be moved from one owned computer to another owned computer an unlimited number of times. Any owned computer can be changed in any way an unlimited number of times without affecting your installation rights. You can transfer the software/license combo to another individual if you are willing to forfeit the right to use the software/license yourself.
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    But both of those seem to still require purchase of a new license, when you already have a valid Windows 8 license embedded into your computer?
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