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I love embedded Oem keys

  1. #41


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Yeah, my two ASUS desktops don't have an embedded key so I get prompted to enter one. With the MSDN install media the key you enter determines what version is installed. I can enter a regular Windows 8 key or an 8 Pro key. Media Center keys are rejected as you have to install 8 pro first. It all works very well and I would think it makes it harder to pirate Windows 8.

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  2. #42


    What If the Acers comes with 32bit w8 and the Dell CD is 64bit what then? I suppose you' ll need to download a 64bit iso but yeah have you checked it?
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  3. #43


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    It doesn't matter, the Product code is good for 32 bit or 64 bit, it's your choice. All that's locked in is the version core or Pro. If you specifically want the 32 bit edition then you use 32 bit install media. If you want 64 bit you use 64 bit media.
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  4. #44


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


    Also MS specs for new OEM PC's are

    1) UEFI/BIOS firmware ENABLED.

    2) Secure Boot ENABLED.

    Which x32 does not support.
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  5. #45


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    That's good to know Theog. I have never done a 32 bit Windows 8 install, UEFI or not. I know the TechNet keys are good for 32 bit or 64 bit, just like they are for Windows 7. I wonder if Windows 8 will still use the embedded key with secure boot and UEFI turned off? It wouldn't be something I would do unless I had a really good reason. Just about everything made these days has 4 gigs of RAM or more.
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  6. #46


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    I wonder if Windows 8 will still use the embedded key with secure boot and UEFI turned off?
    Yes, it will still pickup the embedded key.
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  7. #47


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    I wonder if Windows 8 will still use the embedded key with secure boot and UEFI turned off?
    Yes, it will still pickup the embedded key.
    I had a feeling it would and that you would know the answer. Thanks.
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  8. #48


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    It doesn't matter, the Product code is good for 32 bit or 64 bit, it's your choice. All that's locked in is the version core or Pro. If you specifically want the 32 bit edition then you use 32 bit install media. If you want 64 bit you use 64 bit media.
    Why wouldn't it matter from a license point of view?

    If the Acers came with say 32 Bit W8, you are expected to have that version installed. You can't installed 64 Bit W8 Pro because the machine was not purchased with that particular version.

    Is that clear or am i'll talking about something else?
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  9. #49


    Quote Originally Posted by aem View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    It doesn't matter, the Product code is good for 32 bit or 64 bit, it's your choice. All that's locked in is the version core or Pro. If you specifically want the 32 bit edition then you use 32 bit install media. If you want 64 bit you use 64 bit media.
    Why wouldn't it matter from a license point of view?

    If the Acers came with say 32 Bit W8, you are expected to have that version installed. You can't installed 64 Bit W8 Pro because the machine was not purchased with that particular version.

    Is that clear or am i'll talking about something else?
    The bit version does not matter. You could change from 32 to 64 bit and be just fine.
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  10. #50


    W8 vs W8 Pro vs W8 Enterprise.

    They are different OSs. As for 32Bit vs 64Bit link me articles that says one license cover both because i need to know myself.
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