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Windows 8 moves to BIOS-based product keys....

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    It is all about doing your homework.



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    Quote Originally Posted by OEM
    OS Provided Windows 8 Pro 64-bit Edition Microsoft Office Preloaded Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC. Software Drivers & Utilities, Nero Essentials S, Microsoft Office 2010 Starter, Norton Internet Security (60 days trial), Fujitsu Recovery, Windows 7 / Windows 8 Pro Twin-Pack recovery DVD


    Quote Originally Posted by OEM
    Compatible operating systems

    Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, Windows 7 Professional 32-bit, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Windows 7 Home Basic (EM) 32-bit,\r\nWindows Vista, Windows XP, \r\nopenSUSE Linux

    Disk 0 = Windows 8
    Disk1 = Windows 7
    Disk2 = Ubuntu (Linux)

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    To Downgrade to Windows 7.
    Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
    Warning you must have the uEFI/BIOS firmware setting in Step Three set.

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  2. #12


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    Windows 7, Windows 8 RP


    I have a new Dell XPS 12 that came with Windows 8 Pro, I blew that away and installed Windows 8 Enterprise with a totally different key and had no issues.
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  3. #13


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Quote Originally Posted by R0bR View Post
    I have a new Dell XPS 12 that came with Windows 8 Pro, I blew that away and installed Windows 8 Enterprise with a totally different key and had no issues.
    Hi there
    as above - I installed W8 Enterprise -- no issues at all with Bios keys -- and I even installed the W7 "Classic Games" like spider solitaire etc -- don't like the versions in the store. To do this there's a tutorial in the Forum.

    Also created a Windows to Go -- no activation / keys problem either.

    The only disadvantage by not using W8 PRO instead of Windows Enterprise as far as I can see is that WMC won't install on it - but I never liked it anyway -- for media playing I use VLC and Winamp and I have my own server for video streaming to my TV.

    (Windows enterprise can be downloaded from TechNet -- subscription required at PRO level or a trial version from Ms).

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  4. #14


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    I've got a question pertaining to this. I'm working on a laptop with Windows 8 Core edition that has pooped the bed so to speak. It'd be MUCH easier to do a clean install free of devilware and whatnot and just start fresh. There is a recovery partition, but doesn't run the Reset or Refresh at all.

    Now, if I obtain a copy of Windows 8 Core edition that is 64 bit of course, do a clean install on the hard drive, will the BIOS key that is embedded into the motherboard work fine with the new install?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I've got a question pertaining to this. I'm working on a laptop with Windows 8 Core edition that has pooped the bed so to speak. It'd be MUCH easier to do a clean install free of devilware and whatnot and just start fresh. There is a recovery partition, but doesn't run the Reset or Refresh at all.

    Now, if I obtain a copy of Windows 8 Core edition that is 64 bit of course, do a clean install on the hard drive, will the BIOS key that is embedded into the motherboard work fine with the new install?
    When you do the clean install, the installer will see the BIOS key & install with that key.
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  6. #16


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Then a hypothetical situation. Say if a laptop has Windows 8 Core and I use an .iso of Windows 8 Pro. Will that just install Windows 8 Core and later say you need to buy those Pro features in Windows, or will it say that your PC has Windows 8 Core installed, you will need to use Windows 8 Core, or something like that?
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  7. #17


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    Windows 8 Pro would install Windows 8 Core.
    You can not upgrade to Pro using the Pro upgrade key, you would upgrade to Pro Pack or full Retail/OEM Pro.
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