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Not Sure is OEM or Retail Product Keys?

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    Not Sure is OEM or Retail Product Keys?


    Bought a DELL Inspiron 660 around middle of Dec. 2012 with windows 8 Home installed. Guess is Windows OEM at that time.
    After several weeks Microsoft have a "Giveaway" , that anyone with windows 7 and Up [ LEGAL OR NOT ], can Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, FOR usd 15.00 [ Lost the receipt when Yahoo crash last month, Had in one of Yahoo Flders ]
    Actually have a Microsoft Tech installed the OS with Remote access and I was given a New set of Product keys for the new windows 8 Pr w/Media Center.

    Now I have trouble getting an ISO or a DVD of Windows 8.1 , if I need a clean install of the OS in the future?

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    Welcome to Windows EightForums, xptowindows8.

    No offense intended, but this is confusing to me the way you explained this. So as I understand > You bought the Windows 8 Pro w/ MC via Yahoo?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Welcome to Windows EightForums, xptowindows8.

    No offense intended, but this is confusing to me the way you explained this. So as I understand > You bought the Windows 8 Pro w/ MC via Yahoo?
    No, I bought it directly from Microsoft when they had a Fantastic Deal going on at that time. Obviously , you have to use an email for Confirmation and the Product key + Media Center Keys send back to you'

    I saved or Moved the 2 Important emails into a Folder that I created at my Yahoo mail. There was a "Crash" sometime back at Yahoo Mail that lasted for MORE than a week. I was one of those people that could NOT access my Yahoo Email. and when I could, all the Folders were WIPED OUT !!.

    THat means I do NOT have a printout of those 2 important Emails, CONFIRMING my purchase . Did a Belarc Advisor to retrieve the Product Keys, but the Keys are For the Media Center.

    Only , after I posted this Thread, out of Curiosity, I went and checked my Yahoo Email, hoping against hope, that the Folders had been restored - Guess what , IT IS !!!

    Now, I have my Product Keys for the Windows Pro + Media Center and I tested the keys @ the Microsoft site and able to Download, the Windows 8 ISO file !!

    I have also made an Acronis Image of my PC the first time, I ran it, so if I slap that Image back onto my SSD, and use Magic jelly Beans or other Keys Finder, I might still able to retrieve the OEM Product keys , just for my DELL PC, a Clean Installation of Windows 8, minus all the DELL Garbage that came with it. - Hope that works?
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    I'm glad things worked out for you. I can tell you're quite happy.
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