So, am I correct in the following -->
(A) If the notebook comes with Win 8(.1) Core preinstalled, I have the choice between
(I) buying a full 8(.1) Pro OEM personal license and doing a clean install, and
(II) buying the Pro Pack and upgrading the manufacturer-installed OS (at the cost of still having the bloatware/oem drivers)
Either way has the same effect regarding my license (making it transferrable).
(b) If the notebook comes with Win 8.(1) Pro preinstalled, I need to buy a full 8(.1) Pro OEM personal license in any case, and do a clean install.
(Side remark: So if a notebook comes with Core preinstalled, getting a transferable Pro Version migth actually be cheaper than if you have Pro preinstalled, provided the Pro Pack is cheaper than the Pro OEM personal license.)
Is all of this correct?
Have there been actual cases where people wanted to transfer manufacturer-installed windows 8 installation images (post mid 2012) and microsoft and/or the oem manufacturer denied any way of transferring them to a new, different machine? Even when the machine got stolen? Or are users than forced to buy an identical pc from the manufacturer, if they want their installation up and running again? (Sounds odd, I know.) In fact, if all this is true, it seems like manufacturer-installed Core licenses are at an advantage because one could still upgrade them to pro, after installation has been configured and programs are installed, thus making them transferrable - whilst owners of manufacturer-installed Pro versions are stuck?