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How can I find out if my Win 8.1 is OEM?

  1. #1


    United Kingdom
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    Windows 8 Pro

    How can I find out if my Win 8.1 is OEM?


    Hi Guys

    I was on Windows 7, then upgraded to Win 8 then to Win 8.1.

    Right now I am on Win 8.1 and I plan on upgrading my PC.

    Would I be able to re-use my product key? I hear that OEM ones do no allow this.

    So how can I find out if my Win 8.1 is an OEM?

    Thank You.

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Ciwan,

    An OEM Windows 8 would have came preinstalled on a purchased computer, or labeled as OEM on a retail version.
    You are correct that an OEM product key cannot be used to activate on another computer. It is permanently tied to the motherboard it was first activated on.

    Yes, you could activate a non OEM product key on another computer so long as it's not currently activated on any other computer. A product key can only be legally activated on one computer at the same time, and must be removed from all others. Sometimes you may need to activate by phone if it will not activate online on the new computer.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    United Kingdom
    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro


    Thanks Shawn

    That info is helpful and clarifies the whole process a bit, but it is still missing the information about how I can find out if the currently installed Win 8.1 is OEM or not.

    Let's say the PC I currently have dropped out of the sky, pre-installed with Win 8.1 ... how can I know if that Win 8.1 is OEM or not?

    Thanks
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  4. #4


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Usually an OEM PC will have name branding (ex: their logo) and support information in the System window like below.

    System Support Information - Windows 7 Help Forums

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  5. #5


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    OEM manufacturer name would be on the case (Dell, HP, Sony) & a COA.

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  6. #6


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Running mgadiag would likely tell you. http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&...58187178,d.aWM What you are now depends on what version your Windows 8 upgrade was, I would think it was retail.
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  7. #7


    United Kingdom
    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro


    Thanks guys, so I have the Retail version. Is there any genuine way I can get a Win 8.1 install DVD? I do not fancy starting at Win 7 then upgrading all over again
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  8. #8


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Take a look at those posts for more info.

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

    How to download Windows 8.1 ISO with a Windows 8 key.
    How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

    Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.
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  9. #9


    United Kingdom
    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro


    Thanks all. You've been a great help
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  10. #10


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Glad we could help.
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