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How can I boot from a d.v.d. in Windows 8.1?

  1. #11


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    If you want to use the OEM embedded key you have to install the version that it matches. As mentioned, install the incorrect version and you get prompted for a key. Entering the OEM key won't work because it has already been rejected. My laptop came with Windows 8.0 (Core) If I install Windows 8.1 I don't get prompted for a key. If I install 8.1 Pro I do. If I then enter a valid 8.1 Pro key the install continues. With the Media Creation Tool, you have three choices, 8.1, 8,1 Pro, and 8.1 SL. And the 32 bit versus 64 bit choice. The key is good for 32 bit or 64 bit.

    My MSDN ISO's are multi edition and will automatically install Core or Pro depending on what OEM key they find. On my laptop 8.1 gets installed automatically. To get pro I then have to use Add features. What I do is add a PID.txt file to my MSDN install media with a Pro key. This stops it from automatically installing 8.1 (Core) and lets me go right to 8.1 Pro. I mention this because if you buy a Retail DVD it may do the same thing and install just 8.1 and not prompt for a key. If you want to install anything other than what the PC came with you will have to buy a new license/product code.

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  2. #12


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Forgot to mention. If you chose the Custom install option you will get a menu where you can delete any and all partitions on the drive(s). Then create new ones the way you want. Some system partitions will be created automatically in the install process.
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  3. #13


    That's informative and interesting alphanumeric, thank you. I had misgivings about buying a new retail disc and not being able to install it.

    Depending on what HP decides (see my comments in the thread on Windows Secrets forum) I may do that.
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  4. #14


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    If you can figure out what version was installed from the factory you may be able to use the Media Creation Tool to get your install media for nothing. Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help If that works there is no need to buy a Retail Disk.
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    If you can figure out what version was installed from the factory you may be able to use the Media Creation Tool to get your install media for nothing. Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help If that works there is no need to buy a Retail Disk.
    When I explained my dilemma to Microsoft I was asked for the product key of the installed system. The key is recognised as being for an OEM version and therefore can not be used with a retail version.

    That link is where I went to download the ISO file. The versions available do not, understandably, include the OEM one.
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  6. #16


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Syncopator View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    If you can figure out what version was installed from the factory you may be able to use the Media Creation Tool to get your install media for nothing. Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help If that works there is no need to buy a Retail Disk.
    When I explained my dilemma to Microsoft I was asked for the product key of the installed system. The key is recognised as being for an OEM version and therefore can not be used with a retail version.

    That link is where I went to download the ISO file. The versions available do not, understandably, include the OEM one.
    That install media will use OEM embedded keys, I've verified it myself. I've used it on my laptop and my OEM embedded key was used automatically. Activated online automatically as well. My MSDN ISO's will also use my laptops OEM embedded key automatically, activates online as well. Both media also accept Retail keys. I've verified that myself too. My MSDN keys are Retail keys.
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  7. #17


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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    There are 3 windows 8.1 editions - Windows 8.1 - Windows 8.1 Pro - Windows 8.1 Single Language

    Use the Download and Create Media Link > Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help

    And download the correct Windows 8.1 Edition ISO for your PC - The key being OEM or Retail does not matter when using that setup media.. No matter what some support agent told you..

    And here is a utility written by Superfly to help you with the edition
    Attachment 59357

    Although most of my embedded key is blocked out - you can see it is an OEM windows 8 Key and my current OS is windows 8.1 - you can also tell it is not Pro or single language (just plain old Core or just standard= Windows 8)
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  8. #18


    The edition I downloaded and I used to write the ISO file to disc was Windows 8.1.

    When I tried to install it, the OEM key which I entered was rejected. However, I now discover that there is another key in the system which ShowKey revealed - Belarc showed only the OEM one.



    Click image for larger version

    Why are there two? And what is the significance of "Connected" ?
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  9. #19


    The original key is the one used previously (- it was meant for those whose had eg. Pro installed then upgraded to WMC and wanted to retrieve the Pro key)

    Connected is the internal name for Bing edition.

    See if this helps...
    Last edited by Superfly; 19 Mar 2015 at 19:30.
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  10. #20


    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    The original key is the one used previously (- it was meant for those whose had eg. Pro installed then upgraded to WMC and wanted to retrieve the Pro key)
    I must presume, then, that HP had another version installed before they put mine on.

    Connected is the internal name for Bing edition.
    They don't make things easy do they .....

    See if this helps...
    No, afraid not. It takes me to a OneDrive page which contains a giant icon which seems to be a download link for ShowKey.
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