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Installing Windows 8.1 PRO version from an OEM key

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    Installing Windows 8.1 PRO version from an OEM key


    I bought an OEM key online from a trusted source. Now, I downloaded the iso for Windows 8.1 PRO from Microsoft's website, but I'm unable to install using the key I got. I'm getting this error : "The product key entered does not match any of the Windows images available for installation. Enter a different product key."

    Kindly help me with it

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    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    It appears by that message - you have a normal non Pro Key
    Download Windows 8.1 Non Pro version
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    You can't install a Pro version using an OEM key. You will have to obtain an ISO for the OEM version you have on your PC, and those are not available from MS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    It appears by that message - you have a normal non Pro Key
    Download Windows 8.1 Non Pro version
    I made a careless mistake. I probably downloaded the "N" version of the windows. I redownloaded the pro version and the installation worked like a charm! Thank you
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    You can't install a Pro version using an OEM key. You will have to obtain an ISO for the OEM version you have on your PC, and those are not available from MS.
    It worked for me! I was able to install and activate the PRO version I downloaded from Microsoft's site using an OEM key!
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    Posts : 57
    windows 8.1


    Hello dear.
    I got my Hp envy k027cl i5 laptop woth preinstalled windows 8 but unfortunately after some days I deleted some registry files by mistake and laptop shutdown with some error I took it to the shop he formatted my whole drive and installed windows 8 pro again and activated with some activator . Now the question is that Can I get me "preinstalled windows 8 key" from bios or from anywhere else ? Kindly help me
    Reply will be highly appreciated.
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    The key is embedded in BIOS. Who ever did the reinstall should not have had to enter any key.

    To see the key, use this program: ShowKeyPlus
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    Posts : 57
    windows 8.1


    Hi.
    I got my hp laptop with preinstalled windows 8 (multi language) but now when I put the key embedded in bios to download windows 8 through media creation tool it says "this key can not be used for the retail download".
    Actually the mess is that I accidently formatted my harddrive and installed some pirated pro version of windows 8 but now I come to know that my key is in bios and I can reinstal original windows 8 using it so I download media creation tool for "windows 8" not for windows 8.1 bcz laptop came with win8 not win8.1 but it give me this error after putting the original key into media creation tool. Kindly help
    Is it possible to instal original windows 8 using this original key . ?
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    https://www.eightforums.com/gtsearch....n-oem-key.html

    Download your ISO or create you install USB Media from here Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help
    NO key is required to download the install 8.1 install media. What is required is to download the correct version Core Pro Single Language etc.
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    Posts : 57
    windows 8.1


    The link you provided is not working .
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