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How to setup 3 PC's with 8.1, install apps, upgrade Pro?

  1. #11


    Posts : 6
    Windows 7 Pro


    I see, sorry no, I have not used the Pro upgrade keys. I just purchased them. I figured I would do that last. As it made no sense to upgrade one to Pro, then try to use that Pro Image, when I would have to type in each key to upgrade the other 2 laptops anyway.

    So I have only imaged the stock Lenovo Win 8.1 on the 2nd Laptop. If that has no issues, I will do the 3rd Laptop with that same image. Then I will apply the Pro upgrade key to each laptop.

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  2. #12


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    I'm confused too. Thought you said you bought 3 keys. The option two using slmgr should work.
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Upgrade them to 8.1 Pro for which I have purchased 3 Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro Pack PC Card Keys.
    Did you upgrade?
    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1326 View Post
    I see, sorry no, I have not used the Pro upgrade keys. I just purchased them. I figured I would do that last. As it made no sense to upgrade one to Pro, then try to use that Pro Image, when I would have to type in each key to upgrade the other 2 laptops anyway.

    So I have only imaged the stock Lenovo Win 8.1 on the 2nd Laptop. If that has no issues, I will do the 3rd Laptop with that same image. Then I will apply the Pro upgrade key to each laptop.
    Ahhh, I was thinking you went through the whole process of upgrading the first machine to the finished way you wanted and were using that image on the other two. Not so confused now.
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  3. #13


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


    With Windows 8/8.1 the product code on OEM PC's with Windows 8.x preinstalled, is embedded in the BIOS. It will not be listed on the COA sticker or visible in the BIOS settings menu. That's normal, just so you know. It's not displayed on the System Page either, all you'll see there is the PID, which is not the product code. If these are identical PC's, hardware wise, and the PID's are different, that would indicate (to me) that they are using different product codes.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 6
    Windows 7 Pro


    It all seemed to work out, this is what I did, pretty easy really:

    3 Lenovo Laptops with Win 8.1 with Lenovo OneKey Backup software being the key.
    Turn on Laptop #1, keep the other two off until ready.
    1) Uninstalled trialware/bloatware - not that much stuff really
    2) Install stuff I wanted on the laptops
    3) Do Windows Updates, system clean up, defrag HD
    4) Backup image using OneKey utility
    5) Apply Win 8.1 Pro Key

    Turn on Laptop #2 to go directly to Restore Mode. Never even booted into Win 8.1 on this PC. Don't know if that really matters but its what I did.
    1) Restored image
    2) Reboot
    3) Apply Win 8.1 Pro Key
    4) Repeat for Laptop #2

    Everything seems happy and functioning normal.
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