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What versions are included on retail media?

  1. #1


    Posts : 26
    Win XP, Win 7, Win 8, Win 8.1

    What versions are included on retail media?


    Hello,
    I want to have access to media to for both the Home and Pro editions (currently I do have Pro from upgrade downloads from Microsoft) and I have decided to purchase a new retail DVD/Licence to get them.
    However I would be wanting a new Pro licence rather than Home so my question is - Does the retail DVD in Australia for Pro also include installation for Home (subject to a legitimate licence key)?
    The Home edition would certainly have Pro so that a quick upgrade could be done with Microsoft but I don't know if the Pro edition DVD would also do Home.

    I also have a second question. I have a new Dell laptop which came with OEM 8.1. I've used Belarc Advisor to extract the existing Licence key. Could I use the retail DVD to re-install the Dell minus all the Dell bloatware? I've seen comments about needing to use generic keys so I can do that and change my licence key to my OEM key afterwards. But I want to make sure there there would be no issue with my OEM key in the BIOS and installing using retail media.

    Thank You

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  2. #2


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    1) YES, both are on the shop Retail DVD.

    2) You can order clean install DVD from Dell.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Gilgamesh View Post
    I've seen comments about needing to use generic keys so I can do that and change my licence key to my OEM key afterwards.
    You don't need to use generic key, if you have OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8.1 product key. Windows 8.1 setup will pick the key from UEFI firmware.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gilgamesh View Post
    Could I use the retail DVD to re-install the Dell minus all the Dell bloatware?
    Yes.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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