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Is the Win8 product key tied to install media ?

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    Is the Win8 product key tied to install media ?


    I have bought 3 win8 Licences online. I downloaded the install media for each. Do I need to keep all the install media or will a valid key work with any install media ? Or to put the question another way is the key tied to the install media in any way ? I'd rather keep just one instance of the install media if that's possible.
    Thanks in advance

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Did each Windows 8 License have its' own product key ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by medab1 View Post
    Did each Windows 8 License have its' own product key ?
    Well, yes, I have 3 keys, 3 licences. I thought that licence = unique key is this not the case ?
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by escaladieu View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by medab1 View Post
    Did each Windows 8 License have its' own product key ?
    Well, yes, I have 3 keys, 3 licences. I thought that licence = unique key is this not the case ?
    I would think so.

    You could try to install one with one of the other keys.
    All it can do is say "No", wrong key.
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    Antipolo City
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    Windows 7 - Windows 8


    The Win8 product keys/licenses you bought are NOT tied to any installation media.

    You can use a product key with any Win8 installer as long as you trust the installation media (and its source).
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    So he can keep 1 install & delete the other 2 ?

    That will free up some space.
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    Hafnarfjörđur IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    I think this issue has been addressed a few times recently. A Windows install now (it started with W7 or maybe VISTA too ) can contain all the versions of Windows -- the version that gets installed is dependent on the key you enter.

    It's even possible to ADD customised images to a Windows install media -- once you enter the correct key then THAT version will be installed.

    However some people just use the "Upgrade" facility from Ms - even from a pre-installed OEM W8 system you can upgrade to "Retail" W8 Pro for example by just purchasing a key from Ms -- then the upgrade will be performed over the internet so it's not always necessary to actually have physical install media.

    However IF you have install media then as I said the version that gets installed is 100% dependent on the key -- not the install media which CAN be used on multiple machines (different key required for each machine of course)

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


    No the install media is not tied to one specific key. It checks for a valid key during install and will accept any valid product code. The product code entered determines what version is installed, Core or Pro.
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