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Windows 8.1 OEM disk installing retail version.

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    Windows 8.1 OEM disk installing retail version.


    Just got off the phone with microsoft and they said the MSDM key is valid. But the install im trying to activate on is a retail install. Its an original oem microsoft disk not a download from an oem sleeve. Any ideas on this one for me? I only ever see this on toshiba laptops. Never on other brands.

    Any ideas for me on this? It also only appears to happen on super cheap toshiba laptops. Most without even having a cdrom.

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    I didn't think there were OEM discs. I'm curious to see replies myself.
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    Well what i consider oem is the copys you buy at amazon, newegg, etc etc that list as oem. Sleeve with a key on the outside. "System builder" as they are called sometimes now.
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    Oh, gotcha now, threw me off with the "OEM" thing. So the key you have won't activate? Have you tried the phone activation?
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    It says the key is invalid in windows than when I call up microsoft they tell me the key is valid but I installed a retail edition that I need to install a OEM edition. No clue what this issue is at this point. Its stupid how they are supposed to pull the key from the bios but usually they dont. I believe microsoft changed something recently too as this has now happened on 3 computers here. Different oem disks even.
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    It wouldn't be in the BIOS if a home build, only in BIOS from manufacturer installed systems. Did you go through the automated phone activation where you have to read off a long string of numbers?
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    Its not a home build. But thats the only way to get a OEM disk. Its a toshiba laptop. Oem disk when you type in the actual key from the bios it tells you it has no supported images.
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    I'm still a bit confused, sorry. So you are trying to use a disc install on a machine that has already had OEM 8.1 installed? It is not going to activate off the old BIOS key, you have to use the new key from the disc.
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    Windows 7 64bit


    Im trying to make a windows 8.1 oem disk install a oem load. I have an OEM key that microsoft says is valid but they are saying my load is loading in a retail version. Im trying to make the oem disk load a oem windows.
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    I don't think that is going work. I'll let somebody else chime in. Wiped/lost the old recovery partition?

    Have to use the disc key.
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