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How do I install Windows 8 and use the embedded COA?

  1. #11


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


    @ David Bailey

    NO Product key is need when using the OEM manufacturer's PC Recovery disk or Recovery Partition.

    Quote Originally Posted by MS
    A new Windows license is required for a refurbished PC if:
    1. The refurbisher did not obtain the original recovery media along with the system to be refurbished or
    2. The PC does not have a hard-disk based recovery image.
    The refurbisher must purchase a new Windows license in order to

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  2. #12


    "Thank you for your application to join the Microsoft Registered Refurbisher Program. We will be in touch shortly to explain the next steps in the application process."

    I went through the registration process hoping it would give me some info on pricing but nothing... the contact links for help & more info on the website are broken, lol. Good old MS
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by Sausage View Post
    Ahhh... so does that mean then that because the hard drive has been removed, that it now needs a new purchase of a license?
    Nope, not at all. We purchased a handful of Windows 8 devices. We didn't like the performance, so we ripped out the hard drives, tossed them into a box, put in an SSD, and reinstalled Windows from our MSDN media. It immediately picked up on the built-in key, installed without asking me for a key and it activated no problem whatsoever.

    Sounds to me like your media doesn't contain the version that matches the key that you have installed.
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  4. #14


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


    Work rounds for OEM licensing for Company IT Administrators for the Company's PC's.

    Tip: Legally Deploying Images Windows To OEM Licensed PCs | Aidan Finn, IT Pro

    These finer points are detailed in the licensing brief.

    Basically:
    •Say you buy 2,000 PCs and want to use their OEM licensing for Windows 7/8 Pro
    •You want to deploy a custom build/image to these machines
    •You buy a single volume license for Windows 8 Pro (includes downgrade rights)
    •You use the MAK/KMS key to create and deploy an image of Windows 7/8 Pro
    •You’re legit!
    Lenovo Think branded systems shipped with Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 Pro preload does not contain a Microsoft Windows 7 COA sticker

    Lenovo Think branded systems shipped with Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 Pro preload does not contain a Microsoft Windows 7 COA sticker
    How to determine if you have Genuine Microsoft Windows 8/8.1

    Licensed Microsoft Windows 8/8.1 systems:

    A properly licensed Windows 8/8.1 system has a Genuine Microsoft Label (GML). Windows 8 systems do not have a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) label.

    This includes Windows 8/8.1 Pro systems that have been downgraded to Windows 7.

    The GML can be found on the system, under the battery, or on the power adapter of the system.
    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
    http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct...62922401,d.d2k

    Re-imaging
    Re-imaging rights are a benefit granted to Microsoft Volume Licensing customers. Microsoft Volume Licensing customers may use Volume Licensing media to re-image software (including OEM Software licenses) under the following conditions: The copies re-imaged from the Volume Licensing media are identical to the originally licensed product (the same product and version, contain the same components, and are in the same language). The customer must purchase at least one unit of the product required to be re-imaged through their Volume Licensing agreement in order to obtain access to the product media and receive a key. Volume Licensing media must be used for re-imaging (OEM media may not be used).
    How to Tell ? Hardware

    Reinstallation or recovery media

    Reinstallation media, sometimes called a recovery disc, is typically included with a new or used PC purchase. Because the software is already preinstalled, the reinstallation or recovery media is provided so that you can reinstall or recover the software if it stops working properly. Recovery discs are not licensed to be sold separately from the PC they were shipped with; if you try to install software from a recovery disc on a PC other than the one it was originally shipped on, you may not be able to activate and/or use it.

    Note: For some PCs, the recovery media might be installed on a separate partition on the PC’s hard drive itself. Refer to the documentation that came with your PC to find the appropriate reinstallation/recovery solution.
    https://www.microsoft.com/licensing/...reimaging.aspx

    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 version originally preinstalled on the system; no other image can be used to restore the system to its original state.
    There are no work rounds for Refurbisher.

    http://oem.microsoft.com/public/worl...guidelines.pdf

    A new Windows license is required for a refurbished PC if:
    1. The refurbisher did not obtain the original recovery media along with the system to be refurbished or
    2. The PC does not have a hard-disk based recovery image.
    The refurbisher must purchase a new Windows license in order to[/quote]
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  5. #15


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    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    One thing to watch out for is that utilities that retrieve your Windows product key from the registry won't always retrieve your embedded BIOS key. My laptop has an embedded OEM Windows 8.0 key. If I run Belarc or showkey.vbs they will read out the Windows 8.1 Enterprise key that is currently in use. That's what is currently installed on it. Other scenarios include upgrading to Pro or adding Media Center. That will replace you OEM key in the registry with a new Pro or MC key. That may be the case with the blacklisted key you mentioned. That PC may have been upgraded illegally. Utilities like RWEverything will actually read it right out of the BIOS so there is no mistaking which key you get. RWEverything | Read & Write Everything

    Getting back to my laptop, if I install Windows 8.0 it will read and use the embedded key automatically without me having to enter one. If I install 8.1 though it ignores the 8.0 OEM key and asks me to input one. If you have the right install media it should read and use the key. The ISO's I'm using are TechNet Retail multi edition. If you are not going to resell the PC and keep it for personal use there shouldn't be any issue reinstalling Windows and using the OEM embedded key. The lack of an OEM recovery partition shouldn't be a big deal to you if you have install media to reinstall Windows when needed.
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