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Clean install media for OEM systems?

  1. #1


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    Windows 8

    Clean install media for OEM systems?


    Does Microsoft provide any official channels for obtaining vanilla Windows 8 media without the OEM bloatware, the way they did for Windows 7?

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


    Microsoft have never provide any official OEM manufacturer's vanilla Windows media without the OEM bloatware for any OS.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 40
    Windows 8


    Just to clarify, I'm not talking about OEM images, which by definition are neither clean install media nor vanilla Windows.

    I'm talking about regular retail off-the-shelf Windows 8 DVDs or ISO images, like the Digital River ones that were publicly available for W7.
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    like the Digital River ones that were publicly available for W7.
    There are RETAIL & NOT for OEM manufacturer's PC's.

    You would need to buy a Windows 8/8.1 DVD.
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    Windows 8


    Considering how just about any Windows 8 disk can be used to reformat an OEM system (I used a Windows 8 Pro retail DVD on a Windows 8 core OEM laptop, and it installed and activated Windows 8 core using the embedded BIOS product key), I don't see what the problem is.
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    Win 8


    The problem is that not everyone has the DVD.
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    The TechNet/MSDN Windows 8.0 ISO will read the OEM embedded key and install the matching version automatically. They don't list separate OEM and Retail ISO's on TechNet or MSDN and the ones listed are multiple edition, Core and Pro. As far as I know the retail DVD's are the same. The box may say 8 Pro but the actual disk in the box can install Pro or Core and read the OEM embedded keys. Like Hicksville stated though, getting your hands on one can be an issue. Other than TechNet or MSDN, which are subscription services, the only official download link I've seen is this one, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create , unfortunately it won't accept OEM keys. In the past I had to resort to bit torrent to get an ISO. I now have TechNet/MSDN access so I can easily get the ISO I need. I used my TechNet ISO to do a clean install on my ASUS laptop and it read the embedded key and installed 8 Core automatically without asking me to enter a key. I've since moved on to 8.1.
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    Windows 8


    Thanks for answering the question, alphanumeric

    As a follow-up question, were you able to do clean installs of Pro/Enterprise on your ASUS laptop? Or were you forced to do the install-Core-then-upgrade procedure?
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    I was able to do clean installs. At the time I swapped drives I wasn't a Microsoft MVP so I had to hunt up an ISO on bit torrent. That was a Windows 8.0 ISO. It read my embedded code and installed 8 Core automatically. I didn't have to enter a product code and it activated automatically online. I am now a Microsoft MVP and one of the perks that comes with it is a free TechNet and MSDN subscription. With that I can get 8.0 and 8.1 ISO's and keys. Right now My laptop is running 8.1 Enterprise, that was a clean install. I did that so I could setup a Windows To Go drive, its only an option with enterprise. My two desktops are running 8.1 Pro + Media Center. Both were clean installs. The one time I did the store update to 8.1 Preview I had issues afterward. My WIFI went intermittent and my wireless keyboard and trackball started acting weird. I haven't done the store update since then.
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  10. #10


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    Windows 10


    EDIT:

    How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key. -> link
    Last edited by genet; 28 Nov 2014 at 16:53.
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