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How to install Windows 8.1 with 8.1 OEM key?

  1. #31


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    Windows 7 & 8


    For those frustrated here, you might want to download the official 8.0 / 8.1 install and then retrieve your OEM key from the BIOS so you can simply key it in. Once you've managed to get a trial version of Windows installed and working, just run this script: https://github.com/christian-korneck/get_win8key#files to get your OEM code from the BIOS and activate Windows using this. It should work and you'll be 100% legit.

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  2. #32


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by SnowGhost View Post
    For those frustrated here, you might want to download the official 8.0 / 8.1 install and then retrieve your OEM key from the BIOS so you can simply key it in. Once you've managed to get a trial version of Windows installed and working, just run this script: https://github.com/christian-korneck/get_win8key#files to get your OEM code from the BIOS and activate Windows using this. It should work and you'll be 100% legit.
    You shouldn't need to do that. The new download with the Media Creation Tool, will install and activate with Windows 8.0 product codes and 8.1 Product Codes. Even embedded OEM codes. If you have an OEM key and your still being prompted to enter a key, it means you didn't install the correct version. The embedded key is specific to the version, Core, Pro, or the Single Language version. If you install the wrong version your OEM key will not work anyway.

    I see what your saying though. The old download would not install with an 8.0 Code, you had to install with a generic 8.1 code and then activate with your OEM 8.0 key. That meant pulling it out of the BIOS with a script etc.

    Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.

    Product Key - Find for Windows 8
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  3. #33


    Melbourne, Australia
    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1 Enterprise


    MCSE You need to articulate what you asking us better and cut the jibber jabber.

    For starters, to install Windows using it's embedded OEM license, you need to use Install Media specifically targeted for OEM Licensed hardware. Microsoft don't distribute this media to end users, as it is meant for OEMs, who would usually provide their own branded and customised recovery media instead.

    You also must actually buy (for $0) the Windows 8.1 upgrade from the Windows Store to license your machine that has the OEM license.
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  4. #34


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by tupham View Post
    MCSE You need to articulate what you asking us better and cut the jibber jabber.

    For starters, to install Windows using it's embedded OEM license, you need to use Install Media specifically targeted for OEM Licensed hardware. Microsoft don't distribute this media to end users, as it is meant for OEMs, who would usually provide their own branded and customised recovery media instead.

    You also must actually buy (for $0) the Windows 8.1 upgrade from the Windows Store to license your machine that has the OEM license.
    Old thread for starters, that is marked solved. And what you posted is not true at all. My MSDN ISO's which are identical to Retail DVD's will read and use OEM embedded keys. My 8.1 ISO's will even use 8.0 keys. Same deal if you download your install media from here, Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help That media will install and activate with 8.0 and 8.1 keys, even OEM embedded keys. No need to install 8.0 and upgrade to 8.1. It will read the key out of the BIOS automatically. I have verified it myself. I know for a fact it works.

    For Windows 7 PC's, yes, you need custom branded OEM media to do the factory OEM-SLP install, not so for Windows 8/8.1 though. Window 10 will likely be the same. Universal install media.
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  5. #35


    Posts : 57
    windows 8.1


    Hi.
    I got my hp laptop with preinstalled OEM windows 8 (multi language) but now when I put the key embedded in bios to download windows 8 through media creation tool it says "this key can not be used for the retail download".
    Actually the mess is that I accidently formatted my harddrive and installed some pirated pro version of windows 8 but now I come to know that my key is in bios and I can reinstal original windows 8 using it so I download media creation tool for "windows 8" not for windows 8.1 bcz laptop came with win8 not win8.1 but it give me this error after putting the original key into media creation tool. Kindly help
    Is it possible to instal original windows 8 using this original key . ?
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  6. #36


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by bilal546 View Post
    Is it possible to instal original windows 8 using this original key?
    How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key. -> link
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  7. #37


    Posts : 57
    windows 8.1


    I have downloaded the .iso file for windows 8.1 now kindly tell me how to put it in Usb (not in dvd bcz laptop has no dvd drive )
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  8. #38


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    If you run showkey, Showkey - Windows 10 Forums It should tell you what version of Windows 8 came preinstalled on your PC. It doesn't matter what version is installed, it will read the OEM key and tell you what version of 8 or 8.1 its tied to. Then hunt up that version and install it. You can install the matching 8.1 version and skip installing 8.0. 8.1 install media will use 8.0 keys. You can get install media here, Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help
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  9. #39


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  10. #40


    Posts : 4
    win 8


    Asalaam o alaikum.
    Friends i want to ask a question , Can I install the windows 7 with Oem key and upgrade it to windows 8/8.1 or 10 for free ?
    If yes then where do I find the installation media for windows 7?
    Did windows 8/8.1 media creation .iso will accept the Oem key of Windows 7 ?
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