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Windows 8 OEM How to clean install

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    Windows 8.1 OEM

    Windows 8 OEM How to clean install


    Hello folks i am getting a new motherboard soon and i just wanted to see if i could take my hard drive with windows 8 OEM - i upgraded it to windows 8.1 - and put that hard drive to my new motherboard. I have read my research and practically if you place your OEM windows 8 hard drive into a new motherboard it is taking a 50/50 chance of a bullet hitting you. Therefore my only solution is..uhm doing a clean install Then after that clean install i will do it again once i get my new motherboard The reason why i am asking for this is because i am completely broke and in dire need of help because i have bought a pretty... expensive motherboard and a new processor

    Asus maximus Forumla VII - New motherboard

    Intel i7 4790k 4GHZ haswell - New CPU

    And i am completely broke and cannot buy a retail version of windows 8.1 i hope you can understand my situation and if not then i completely understand

    - PC MASTER RACE!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1 OEM


    I have my OEM key and i have an 16GB flash drive
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  3. #3


    Canada
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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    If the version of windows was preinstalled originally on your computer and you change the motherboard the Windows Key will no longer be valid. You will have to purchase another license.
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    Penn's Forest
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    Win8.1 Pro | Win10TP Pro - boot to VHD


    You should be able to transfer the drive and OS to the new build.

    MS licensing changed a bit after Win7, if it doesn't activate, call MS and explain - they'll as some questions and work you through it.

    The one license / one machine clause still applies though.

    Clean Install - Windows 8
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    Windows 8.1 OEM


    Quote Originally Posted by Slartybart View Post
    You should be able to transfer the drive and OS to the new build.

    MS licensing changed a bit after Win7, if it doesn't activate, call MS and explain - they'll as some questions and work you through it.

    The one license / one machine clause still applies though.

    Clean Install - Windows 8

    Would i need to uhm do a factory reset?
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  6. #6


    Penn's Forest
    Posts : 216
    Win8.1 Pro | Win10TP Pro - boot to VHD


    Possibly ... first see what happens with the new Mobo.
    Then you can address any issues.

    I'd see if MS will help before doing a reset - although they might tell you that's what you have to do.
    Here's a tutorial:
    Reset Windows 8

    I would backup the existing system - just in case.
    Read though this tutorial (check the links too)
    System Image - Create in Windows 8

    I haven't been on Win8 long enough to have tested all of the features/functionality. The tutorial references issues with System images, so you might use 3rd party imaging software instead as mentioned in the tutorial.

    Also, check the Related Tutorials at the bottom of the tutorial page (not the comments, but the tutorial)
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