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Windows 8.1 OEM CD not valid

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1

    Windows 8.1 OEM CD Key not valid


    Hello I recently bought a computer from a local computer store. It came with Windows 8.1 pre-installed and had a burn-in run on it. I don't like how they setup my accounts, plus neither me nor the administrator account can mount iso images, it says we don't have the permissions. I tried the WindowsSetupBox.exe and Windows8-setup.exe from the windows website but I get a error saying it is not valid for retail version of windows 8.1. My CD key is for "Windows 8.1 Pro For OEN Software". I then tried downloading MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.8.1.SINGLE.LANGUAGE.RTM.X64.ENGLISH.DVD-WZT and it said my key doesn't match any available images. I am new to windows 8.
    Last edited by Wunderbred; 17 Jan 2014 at 23:28.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    It came with Windows 8.1 pre-installed
    Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
    or
    You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1


    The last version of windows I owned was Windows XP it came with my HP. It also came with recovery media. I checked the manufacturers website and there is no recovery media just new copies of windows. This isn't some proprietary computer from a company like HP or Dell. Its a custom built machine I bought from a local OEM distributor. I quit using windows 7 years ago and went to linux, when I purchased this computer I decided to try windows again, I figured I would go with 8.1 because it has downgrade rights to windows 7. When I purchased the computer I figured I was getting a legit version of windows with a disc just like if I walked into the same store and bought just a copy of windows in the box for the same price.I should have just bought the PC then walked in a bought windows myself at another date, they insisted on installing it and doing there 24h burn in test.

    Now I remember why I moved to linux Microsoft has to make everything so difficult.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 176
    Windows 8.1


    I would contact the local computer store where you purchased it.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1


    I contacted them, they put the windows dvd in the bottom of the tower to ensure it doesn't get lost. I just looked in my mother board box with all of my driver discs and didn't see it there. Thanks, I am happy because I was starting to like windows.
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