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Clean install from a pre-installed Win 8 laptop?

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    Clean install from a pre-installed Win 8 laptop?


    Hi Windows 8 forums, I'm from Windows 7 and don't know much about windows 8. I wanted to know if my laptop came pre-installed with windows 8 (not sure what edition), can I just boot amsdn/digitalriver/technet/RETAIL copy of Windows 8 , run a clean install deleting all the partitions on my computer and won't need to enter a key?

    I know windows 8 have a program where you enter a key and download the .iso but apparently, it doesn't work for oem key at all I think.

    I did a forum search before posting but found this link https://www.google.com/url?q=http://...Dy1erxAnh6LRuQ to how to clean install windows 8 but the tutorial is aimed towards individuals with a retail key not oem.

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    Hi Windows OP, welcome to Windows EightForums!

    Sounds like you just got the machine.
    I think the easiest thing to do is to get the laptop tweaked and set just the way you want it without a ton of files and junk in the trash bin then take a system image backup to refresh your machine.

    The whole OEM/embedded product key/clean install thing is a little twisted!
    Some of our fellow members have more experience with that. Hang in there, they might stop by and add their insight!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    Hi Windows OP, welcome to Windows EightForums!

    Sounds like you just got the machine.
    I think the easiest thing to do is to get the laptop tweaked and set just the way you want it without a ton of files and junk in the trash bin then take a system image backup to refresh your machine.

    The whole OEM/embedded product key/clean install thing is a little twisted!
    Some of our fellow members have more experience with that. Hang in there, they might stop by and add their insight!
    Thanks,

    I was thinking of just installing revo installer and remove all the bloatware from windows 8 if doing a clean windows 8 install is "Too much work".

    I'm more of a Windows 7 user but this laptop is for an aunt/cousin and yeah. They're using internet explorer which is highly not recommended since Chrome / Firefox is better
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    Quote Originally Posted by Windows OP View Post
    Thanks,

    I was thinking of just installing revo installer and remove all the bloatware from windows 8 if doing a clean windows 8 install is "Too much work".

    I'm more of a Windows 7 user but this laptop is for an aunt/cousin and yeah. They're using internet explorer which is highly not recommended since Chrome / Firefox is better
    Right; take your time, be careful, check out all your options and ALWAYS create a Restore Point!
    Here's a good tweak guide; Windows 8 Regular Edition:
    (it's a free download, check it out)

    TweakGuides.com - The TweakGuides Tweaking Companion
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    Edwin is right, the best defense is to image backup software on a regular basis. Also do a separate data backup.

    If every you are stuck and have to do a clean install, one our members (genet) submitted this tutorial on how to download an ISO image, post #6. Never mind what it says about Lenovo.

    Need help formatted genuine windows 8 in lenovo

    If you wish to find your OEM or installed key, post # 2

    Generic install key being detected as OEM key
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    I did a clean install on my ASUS laptop using my MSDN Windows 8.0 ISO. It read and used the OEM embedded key and activated online automatically. It came from the factory with 8.0 Core installed and that's what was installed. Last time I checked though, Digitalriver didn't have Windows 8 ISO's, only windows 7?
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    If I post all the programs that are installed on my computer, would you kindly help "recommend" what programs to uninstall?

    This would be a great alternative than doing a clean install!
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I did a clean install on my ASUS laptop using my MSDN Windows 8.0 ISO. It read and used the OEM embedded key and activated online automatically. It came from the factory with 8.0 Core installed and that's what was installed. Last time I checked though, Digitalriver didn't have Windows 8 ISO's, only windows 7?
    Right, they don't. I just checked.

    Can I just go to the Microsoft website, download the appropriate edition and use a generic key to download the .iso and it will detect my OEM key?

    I forgot, how do I check what windows 8 edition I'm using?? :S
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    Quote Originally Posted by Windows OP View Post

    I forgot, how do I check what windows 8 edition I'm using?? :S
    Run this in command prompt

    slmgr -dli
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Windows OP View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I did a clean install on my ASUS laptop using my MSDN Windows 8.0 ISO. It read and used the OEM embedded key and activated online automatically. It came from the factory with 8.0 Core installed and that's what was installed. Last time I checked though, Digitalriver didn't have Windows 8 ISO's, only windows 7?
    Right, they don't. I just checked.

    Can I just go to the Microsoft website, download the appropriate edition and use a generic key to download the .iso and it will detect my OEM key?

    I forgot, how do I check what windows 8 edition I'm using?? :S
    The only official download, other than TechNet and MSDN, that I know of will only accept Retail keys. generic install keys won't work for that download either. TechNet and MSDN are subscription services and not free, so your options are very limited. Bit torrent etc, which have a high risk attached as those ISO's are often modified in a bad way.
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