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Activating W8.1 with W8 OEM key

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    Activating W8.1 with W8 OEM key


    Hey,

    I own a computer that came with Windows 8 preinstalled (OEM version, key embedded in BIOS).
    Today I've decided to reinstall Windows, mainly because the upgrade from the Marketplace made it a bit laggy. As a student I have access to the MSDNAA versions, so I downloaded the 8.1.
    Now I have two keys I could use -- the one that came bundled with the computer and the other I just "bought". I don't wanna waste the unused key for no good reason, so I was wondering if I could somehow activate 8.1 with the embedded key from 8.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by ah4e View Post
    so I was wondering if I could somehow activate 8.1 with the embedded key from 8.
    How to clean install Windows 8.1 if you have OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8 product key?
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ah4e View Post
    so I was wondering if I could somehow activate 8.1 with the embedded key from 8.
    How to clean install Windows 8.1 if you have OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8 product key?
    Quote Originally Posted by ah4c
    I own a computer that came with Windows 8 preinstalled (OEM version, key embedded in BIOS).
    Today I've decided to reinstall Windows,
    To Clean Install a OEM Pre-installed Windows 8/8.1, you would use the OEM Recovery Disk.


    How to determine if you have Genuine Microsoft Windows 8/8.1

    Microsoft Reimaging Rights:

    Customers who purchase OEM licensed versions of Windows may only restore the original factory preload using the Recovery Media provided by the OEM. Customers do not have any rights to create a custom image from the OEM preload and then deploy that image on OEM licensed systems. Customers can customize the preload on a particular system by adding or removing software, as they choose, but that the customized image may not be used on any other system (each system would have to be customized individually). Customers who wish to purchase OEM systems, with a custom image, may do so provided that they are purchasing 25 or more systems over a 12-month period. These systems would be custom models and not generally available in the market.
    http://download.microsoft.com/downlo.../Reimaging.pdf

    OEM Specific Information
    Organizations do not have the right to reimage by using OEM media.
    An OEM image can only be preloaded on a PC by the OEM during manufacturing. An image can be individually recovered by the organization (or a service provider it chooses) by using the recovery media. The OEM recovery media should match the product

    To Custom Clean Install a OEM Pre-installed Windows 8/8.1, you can use your MSDNAA version DVD & MSDNAA key.

    Quote Originally Posted by ah4e
    As a student I have access to the MSDNAA versions, so I downloaded the 8.1.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Activating W8.1 with W8 OEM key
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