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Windows 8 Pro 64 bit OEM activating as standard

  1. #1


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    Windows 8Pro

    Windows 8 Pro 64 bit OEM activating as standard


    Hi,
    I recently got a new PC via my insurance company that came with Windows 8 standard. I requested pro be included with it and they gave me an OEM Windows 8 Pro 64 bit. I have blanked the hard drive and installed it. During the install it does not ask for the product key. Once the install is complete I go to system info and it says Windows is already activated and shows a product key that ends in OEM. At the top it shows the name of the product as Windows 8. If I go to add features it tells me I need to buy pro. If I try to change or use the product key that came in the oem packaging for pro 64 bit it says that product key will not work and to try another.

    I contacted Microsoft activation and all they said was to take it back to the retailer and they will help me.

    HELP

    Thanks,
    Dwarfboysim

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  2. #2


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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    It does sound like they botched the install. Is it UEFI Bios with embedded key? There are tools to get the embedded key and then you could try it. If it doesn't work then it may never have been Pro to begin with.

    Are you saying the computer came with 8 installed but then they gave you a Pro key? I'm a bit confused.
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8Pro


    The machine came with standard out of the box. I was given an oem by the retailer. Is there a a way to over write the one in the bios or would I need to buy a pro upgrade once I have installed windows 8 oem to get around the problem?
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  4. #4


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    Windows 8Pro


    I have a full sealed Microsoft oem which I have opened, blanked the hard drive of the machine (which is a HP) and then loaded the oem disk.
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  5. #5


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    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    I think you are stuck with doing an upgrade. The BIOS is seeing the OEM 8 standard key.

    PS: You may be able to do a non-UEFI install since you have the discs and key. Switch to legacy mode in BIOS.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Try the Pro key in
    Add Features to Windows 8
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  7. #7


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1


    Dwarfboysim,

    I found myself in precisely the same situation that you're dealing with. I ended up finding this excellent step-by-step post on one of Microsoft's forums:

    Cannot install Win 8 OEM version to notebook. Unmatching product - Microsoft Community

    As I'm new here on these forums, I wasn't sure if it was appropriate to copy the post here, so hopefully the link will work. If not, post back and I'll outline the steps I took.

    Almost forgot: See the link in the post for additional details on the additional info you'll need. By the way, the Edition ID you'll want to use is "Pro" and the Channel you'll want to specify is "OEM". - Hope this helps.
    Last edited by Simmons; 15 Feb 2014 at 23:41.
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  8. #8


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    Windows 10


    edit:

    Note:
    The PID.txt file is no longer needed.


    If you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 (core) product key and if you want to clean install Windows 8.1 Pro.


    1. Download Windows 8.1 Pro installation media (see this link for help).

    2. Clean install Windows 8.1 Pro from USB/DVD.

    Enter your Windows 8/8.1 Pro product key (see screenshot below).

    Click image for larger version
    Last edited by genet; 13 Nov 2014 at 14:50.
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  9. #9


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


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Try the Pro key in
    Add Features to Windows 8

    If the OEM Product Key will not work in Add Features you will need to do a clean install of Pro.

    Make a UEFI USB drive installer.

    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows


    Open Notepad & make a file called ei.cfg add the code below.

    Code:
     
    [EditionID] 
    [Channel] 
    OEM 
    [VL] 
    0
    Add the file to SOURCES.

    Click image for larger version

    Than install

    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

    Click image for larger version
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  10. #10


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    Windows 10


    Note that you must use the edition configuration (EI.cfg) file or the product ID (PID.txt) file, but not both files.
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