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Unable to use Windows 8 OEM key with windows 8.1 trial

  1. #1

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1

    Unable to use Windows 8 OEM key with windows 8.1 trial

    Upgraded to Windows 8.1 from Windows store. Can't use refresh or reset anymore.

    Installed Windows 8.1 trial. Can't use Windows 8 OEM key to activate it.

    Attempted to install windows 8 from Microsoft site, so I could use my Windows 8 OEM key, however, won't accept key on site because it says it is not a retail key.

    How can I get Windows 8 back on my computer, activated with my OEM key?

    If I do that then I guess I can upgrade it again from the Windows store to Windows 8.1

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  2. #2

    St. Augustine
    Posts : 388
    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64

    What was the original OS the PC came with?

    Do you have the original recovery media that should have been created after purchase, and if not you should be able to purchase recovery media fro the manufacturer.

    A recovery to factory state should be one option provided you have the Recovery Media. I am sure there are other options although a little more involved.

    Check out some of the other threads regarding similar issues.

    Any way to get a working Windows 8.0 ISO for branded OEM?
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  3. #3

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1

    Original operating system

    Windows 8 standard edition OEM key. Thank you for the advice, I am going to order a disc from the manufacturer.

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Unable to use Windows 8 OEM key with windows 8.1 trial
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