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Effect of Embedded Product Key on OEM Win8's--New License

  1. #11


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    I see. What apparently you got is the Pro Pack. I think it is classified as an upgrade (i.e., providing an upgrade from Win8 to Win8 Pro), but it doesn't really matter. Note that the link says "to install Windows 8 Pro Pack, you must be running Windows 8." That statement may or may not be true as MS makes similar statements in regard to the Win8 retail upgrade DVD. Not that it matters, but was Win 8 on your machine when you installed.

    Quote Originally Posted by medab1 View Post
    If you are going to upgrade you can use the vbs script to find your present ID & Key.
    Write them down.
    Then if you need them, you'll have them.
    Yes.


    Thanks again for all the info.

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  2. #12


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    Yes, it is ProPack.
    I had win 8 oem on computer.

    I just related what the Staples guy said.

    Maybe I got ripped off ?

    Here are 2 pictures saying I have Windows 8 Pro with Media Center -


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    Quote Originally Posted by medab1 View Post
    Yes, it is ProPack.
    I had win 8 oem on computer.

    I just related what the Staples guy said.

    Maybe I got ripped off ?

    Here are 2 pictures saying I have Windows 8 Pro with Media Center -


    No you did fine. WMC is part of the Pro Pack. Upgrade or not your disc can be used to do clean install/reinstall of Win8. Worst possible case should be that you'd have to do a refresh after reinstalling to activate. See posts #9 and #16 (especially this one) of this thread: Will the disk burnt with Win 8 ISO install full Windows 8? Note that I am not running UEFI--to be clear on the circumstances under which I reinstalled. Same sort of thing can be done under UEFI.
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    What I mean was if I have say pre installed norton 30 day trial and office 30 day trial and list goes on.
    So if I would hit that reset button will it load fresh windows or that same bloadware 30 day trial norton, office and other bloatware shits.
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  5. #15


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    Quote Originally Posted by atomi View Post
    What I mean was if I have say pre installed norton 30 day trial and office 30 day trial and list goes on.
    So if I would hit that reset button will it load fresh windows or that same bloadware 30 day trial norton, office and other bloatware poops.
    See picture--
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  6. #16


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    So it loads those preinstalled 30 day trials and other bloatware, so if in that situation user wants clean windows reset option is not the way to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atomi View Post
    What I mean was if I have say pre installed norton 30 day trial and office 30 day trial and list goes on.
    So if I would hit that reset button will it load fresh windows or that same bloadware 30 day trial norton, office and other bloatware shits.
    I think HP probably has set things up so that the bloatware is reinstalled.
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  8. #18


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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    If you reinstall the same version, you won't need to input a key or activate as the burned in Oem key well get used.

    If you install a different version, you would have to provide a key and then it would have to activate.

    Don't think it makes a difference if you use system builder, retail,.MSDN or TechNet version of the disc.
    Hi there
    Clarification : -- W8 Enterprise from TechNet -- VL license (or "not exactly" but certainly > 500 activations on same or different computers allowed).

    The principle as Pparks1 states is correct in any case -- any copy of Windows after W2000 needs a product key to activate - some versions like the latest OEM license will allow you to transfer the key to a new machine --previously OEM licences were restricted to the original machine W8 was installed on.

    Mind you if you need to install / re-activate 500 times then I'd suggest there might be something wrong with your working methods,

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Thanks jimbo45. If not clear, as posted above, my issue is this one:

    "To all, I am trying to make sure that if I obliterated all OEM installation input (except product key), then I would have no battles with my OEM-embedded product key when reinstalling starting with a drive having had zeros written to it--having all unallocated space prior to partitioning and whatever."

    I would appreciate your input.
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  10. #20


    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    Thanks jimbo45. If not clear, as posted above, my issue is this one:

    "To all, I am trying to make sure that if I obliterated all OEM installation input (except product key), then I would have no battles with my OEM-embedded product key when reinstalling starting with a drive having had zeros written to it--having all unallocated space prior to partitioning and whatever."

    I would appreciate your input.
    My understanding is that you could remove the hard drive, place a brand new hard drive in your machine, insert the Windows DVD begin the install, and have an activated product with no prompts whatsoever for a key. (provided you use exactly the same version that you had originally. So, if you had Windows 8 you would need Windows 8, and if you had 8 Pro, you would need 8 pro.
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