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Are Windows 8 serials LOCKED on a laptop?

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    Are Windows 8 serials LOCKED on a laptop?


    Hi I am in the process of reinstalling an unbloated version of Windows on my Asus laptop. It originally came pre-installed with Windows 8. I managed to retrieve the OEM key using Belarc Advisor. I have a copy of Windows 8.1 PRO lying around...I was wondering two things:

    1. Will my laptop ONLY accept the OEM key it was originally shipped with?
    2. Assuming I have to use the original key that was built-in the laptop, does this mean I cannot change the Windows edition from regular to Pro? That I have to stick with the regular edition that was pre-installed?

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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by orlando1974 View Post
    Hi I am in the process of reinstalling an unbloated version of Windows on my Asus laptop. It originally came pre-installed with Windows 8. I managed to retrieve the OEM key using Belarc Advisor. I have a copy of Windows 8.1 PRO lying around...I was wondering two things:

    1. Will my laptop ONLY accept the OEM key it was originally shipped with?
    2. Assuming I have to use the original key that was built-in the laptop, does this mean I cannot change the Windows edition from regular to Pro? That I have to stick with the regular edition that was pre-installed?

    I think your laptop will accept any key depending on the edition of Windows you put. I have a Windows tablet that originally came with 8.1 and was able to upgrade clean install to the media center edition using the upgrade key.

    Just clean install with the Pro version and put the retail key. Windows will automatically activate and validate the key once you go online.
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    The Pro copy I have lying around comes from a torrent. Just wondering if I can use that with my OEM key I got bundled with the laptop. Id rather stay legit and use the legal license key.....which is why i was asking.
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    Maybe whats going on is that Im trying to install from a USB key after having mounted it using Windows USB/DVD Tool... it skips the fresh install setup screen where i can erase partitions etc. So by the time I get into Windows, it already has "Current product key: *****-9D6T9
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    If the only key you have is for Core ( not Pro ). Then you can only activate Core. You might have Core Single Language, which is different again.

    You need an iso with the correct Edition.

    Hit the Super key ( sometimes aclled the "windows" key ) and pause\break key together and the system window will open. It will tell which edition you currently have.
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    Its 8.1 Pro 9600 Build. But it wont accept my preinstalled key.

    OMG this is driving me CRAZY. I just did a completely fresh install on a newly formatted hard drive...and whenever Im finished installing windows and going into Activate, it already has a prodcut key entered. Its one of the generic ones... I put in my legal one and it wont let me.

    It can only be two things:

    1. Cannot install a PRO version on a laptop that has an embedded License key for the Regular version.
    2. Somehow it's tied my previous "generic" key to my microsoft user account that I am using to setup/login Windows 8.1
    Last edited by orlando1974; 24 Jan 2015 at 21:26.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    If the only key you have is for Core ( not Pro ). Then you can only activate Core. You might have Core Single Language, which is different again.

    You need an iso with the correct Edition.
    The only odd thing is that I was on the Pro version for months... its just that today I decided to do a major cleanup on my pc and couldnt find my previously saved image so engaged upon a full reinstall...
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    you need your retail pro key to install pro - otherwise you can use the embedded core key..

    and it you click the download link in my sig below you can download official MS setup media
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    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    you need your retail pro key to install pro - otherwise you can use the embedded core key..

    and it you click the download link in my sig below you can download official MS setup media
    So will I be able to use the embedded core key with the media creation from the link you provided?
    It appears that I would have to already be logged into the unactivated Windows to use your tool... correct?
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    the media created by that tool will read the embedded key.. you can download the media on any win7 win8 pc
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