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CLEAN INSTALL of Windows 8.1 with a Windows 8 OEM Key?

  1. #11


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Yeah..., this whole 'Embedded Key' thing has got to go!

    Hey..., wouldn't it be great if you could buy cars with embedded keys, then when it's not running well you could just click on the 'Refresh' button on the dashboard and you're up and running again!!!

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  2. #12


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1


    I do like those embedded keys
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  3. #13


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


    There are downfalls. If your PC came with a Core embedded key that's what gets installed by default. If I boot from my TechNet 8.0 ISO on my Laptop, Core gets installed. I don't get an option to enter a key. To get to Pro I have to use Add Features and enter a Pro key. My TechNet Retail keys are accepted but I do believe some people have had their Pro key rejected. Your supposed to use a Pro Pack key which is a key only with no install media. To go right to Pro I have to add a PID.txt file to my install media with a Pro key in it. On the plus side my TechNet 8.1 ISO ignores the 8.0 embedded key as it wants an 8.1 key to install. I get prompted to enter a key and I can go right to Pro without having to do the Add Features. I use a PID.txt file anyway as I customize my install media for each PC I own.
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  4. #14


    Quote Originally Posted by Seleuceia View Post
    I figured out the issue...since I downloaded the ISO using my W8.1 Pro computer, the ISO was only capable of installing W8.1 Pro...I acquired a different ISO that can install both core and pro and the error messages went away. Thank you both for your help
    Where or how do you get W8.1 ISO file that can install both core and pro?
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  5. #15


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


    Quote Originally Posted by avnguyen View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Seleuceia View Post
    I figured out the issue...since I downloaded the ISO using my W8.1 Pro computer, the ISO was only capable of installing W8.1 Pro...I acquired a different ISO that can install both core and pro and the error messages went away. Thank you both for your help
    Where or how do you get W8.1 ISO file that can install both core and pro?
    TechNet/MSDN ISO's are multi edition, Core and Pro. What gets installed depends on what key gets entered or detected on install. Read my above post. As far as I can tell Retail DVD's do the same thing. Your buying a Core or Pro key but the DVD can install both.
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