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How to install Windows 8.1 with 8.1 OEM key?

  1. #21


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    Quote Originally Posted by gladgordon 15
    how to download the said file.. cannot see a link.. pls do help.. kind of desperate..
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Won't work with OEM keys.
    The only legal download.

    Is it OEM?

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  2. #22


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    Windows 8.1Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    As Genet mentioned, if you can get hold of a Retail 8.1 ISO, it will automatically read you embedded OEM key from your BIOS and install the matching version. It's unfortunate but the other download you mentioned won't except OEM keys. The generic install keys are blocked for that download too. The ISO he listed is the official ISO what's available on TechNet and MSDN. You can't download from TechNet or MSDN without a subscription but you may be able to find it though other means. The SHA1 code will let you confirm that your ISO hasn't been altered.
    I'm searching high and low but can't find a retail 8.1 pro image that installs without asking for the key, i only have a Chinese image that's working and installs fine (windows 8.1 pro is activated) but can't find an English version, any help possible?
    I need it for restoring my PIPOW2 tablet which i messed up with a corrupt update from pipo.
    The tablet has a preinstalled oem key as mentioned in the quote.
    The reason i don't want the use the chn version is because not everything gets translated and that frustrates me
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  3. #23


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    Quote Originally Posted by blueselfie View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    As Genet mentioned, if you can get hold of a Retail 8.1 ISO, it will automatically read you embedded OEM key from your BIOS and install the matching version. It's unfortunate but the other download you mentioned won't except OEM keys. The generic install keys are blocked for that download too. The ISO he listed is the official ISO what's available on TechNet and MSDN. You can't download from TechNet or MSDN without a subscription but you may be able to find it though other means. The SHA1 code will let you confirm that your ISO hasn't been altered.
    I'm searching high and low but can't find a retail 8.1 pro image that installs without asking for the key, i only have a Chinese image that's working and installs fine (windows 8.1 pro is activated) but can't find an English version, any help possible?
    I need it for restoring my PIPOW2 tablet which i messed up with a corrupt update from pipo.
    The tablet has a preinstalled oem key as mentioned in the quote.
    The reason i don't want the use the chn version is because not everything gets translated and that frustrates me
    It sounds like you need the Single Language ISO, not the regular Retail ISO. You'll have to hunt that up on your own. I don't have any links for that version.
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  4. #24


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    Windows 8.1Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by blueselfie View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    As Genet mentioned, if you can get hold of a Retail 8.1 ISO, it will automatically read you embedded OEM key from your BIOS and install the matching version. It's unfortunate but the other download you mentioned won't except OEM keys. The generic install keys are blocked for that download too. The ISO he listed is the official ISO what's available on TechNet and MSDN. You can't download from TechNet or MSDN without a subscription but you may be able to find it though other means. The SHA1 code will let you confirm that your ISO hasn't been altered.
    I'm searching high and low but can't find a retail 8.1 pro image that installs without asking for the key, i only have a Chinese image that's working and installs fine (windows 8.1 pro is activated) but can't find an English version, any help possible?
    I need it for restoring my PIPOW2 tablet which i messed up with a corrupt update from pipo.
    The tablet has a preinstalled oem key as mentioned in the quote.
    The reason i don't want the use the chn version is because not everything gets translated and that frustrates me
    It sounds like you need the Single Language ISO, not the regular Retail ISO. You'll have to hunt that up on your own. I don't have any links for that version.
    Thanks, i'll keep searchin'.
    You don't have any hints on filename?
    btw. after installing that Chinese version i can install other language packs without problem, is this the same with those single language versions?
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  5. #25


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    Quote Originally Posted by blueselfie View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by blueselfie View Post
    I'm searching high and low but can't find a retail 8.1 pro image that installs without asking for the key, i only have a Chinese image that's working and installs fine (windows 8.1 pro is activated) but can't find an English version, any help possible?
    I need it for restoring my PIPOW2 tablet which i messed up with a corrupt update from pipo.
    The tablet has a preinstalled oem key as mentioned in the quote.
    The reason i don't want the use the chn version is because not everything gets translated and that frustrates me
    It sounds like you need the Single Language ISO, not the regular Retail ISO. You'll have to hunt that up on your own. I don't have any links for that version.
    Thanks, i'll keep searchin'.
    You don't have any hints on filename?
    btw. after installing that Chinese version i can install other language packs without problem, is this the same with those single language versions?
    That ISO is not listed on MSDN so I have no idea what the file name is. Do a forum search for "single language" and you may get lucky. I think file names have been posted in other threads. I've never used that version but I assume language packs can be added.
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  6. #26


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    Windows 10


    Here is info about Windows 8.1 Single Language: link

    Quote Originally Posted by blueselfie View Post
    I'm searching high and low but can't find a retail 8.1 pro image that installs without asking for the key
    Copy the EI.CFG file to the sources folder.

    Take a look at this post: Inserting the serial number in an ISO
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  7. #27


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    Here is info about Windows 8.1 Single Language: link

    Quote Originally Posted by blueselfie View Post
    I'm searching high and low but can't find a retail 8.1 pro image that installs without asking for the key
    Copy the EI.CFG file to the sources folder.

    Take a look at this post: Inserting the serial number in an ISO
    Thanks, it doesn't ask for the key, but windows isn't activated.
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  8. #28


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by blueselfie View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    Here is info about Windows 8.1 Single Language: link

    Quote Originally Posted by blueselfie View Post
    I'm searching high and low but can't find a retail 8.1 pro image that installs without asking for the key
    Copy the EI.CFG file to the sources folder.

    Take a look at this post: Inserting the serial number in an ISO
    Thanks, it doesn't ask for the key, but windows isn't activated.
    It's using a generic key that will not activate. You're basically running in a trial mode. The ei.cfg just lets you skip entering a key during the install. At some point you will have to enter one and activate. Normally the key entered determines what version is installed, Core or Pro. The ei.cfg file tells windows what version to install, a side effect of that is you can then skip entering a key.
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  9. #29


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    The solution


    Hey Guys

    i spend many hours to get the windows oem key running with a clean Windows and didn't get it.
    So i try a last chance and get the SIMPLEST of all solutions. (In the first moment i didn't belief it, that is could be so simple)

    1. You have to download the same Windows Version as you currently have installed (ISO)
    2. Download it to a folder
    3. open that folder and mount the iso (right click, mount)
    4. go to computer and start the windows 8.1 installation.
    -> if not startet then open the disc and click on "setup.exe"
    5. install the windows
    6. finish

    Well this solution operate well with a HP Pavilion. After the restart the windows is new installed and has no more preinstalled HP-Crap-Software.

    Also the OEM-Key is automaticly inserted into the Windows, and you don't have to get the key from BIOS etc..


    This is the simpelst solution and I could hope, that I could help you

    regards
    Kevin
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  10. #30


    Kevin, that's also how I upgraded Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 Technical Preview. Works great!
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