Clean install of windows 8.1 on new Lenovo Z50-70

Is it poss to install oem key on another laptop ? Surrendered the OEM in orig machine ...want to install in another machine...when try to instal it says error non core OEM edition cannot activate
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8.1
Is it poss to install oem key on another laptop ? Surrendered the OEM in orig machine ...want to install in another machine...when try to instal it says error non core OEM edition cannot activate

No, OEM keys are not transferable. "Windows 8/8.1" will check the UEFI firmware for OEM embedded key during the activation process and will only activate if a matching one is found. So unless the target laptop has a valid embedded OEM key in it's firmware, you won't be able to activate Windows 8/8.1.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7
Hi. I recently got a Lenovo Y50 laptop which came preinstalled with windows 8.1 (core, no N or bing or pro or anything). I attempted to swap the given hdd with a blank ssd (samsung evo 850) and used the windows 8.1 create installation media tool to make a bootable usb drive. I booted off the drive, and set it up to install my exact version of windows on the ssd. The setup never asked for a windows product key, which was good since i was relying on it to extract the key from my UEFI firmware. Then setup finished and I thought I was in the clear. But when I got all logged into windows for the first time I had the little "Windows 8.1 Build 9600" watermark in the bottom right of my desktop and upon looking at the computer's info it said windows was not activated. According to this thread I should be able to use the installation usb media i got from microsoft despite the fact that I have an OEM copy from lenovo. Why then did it not activate? I found it especially odd that it did not prompt for a key upon not finding one it could use in the BIOS.

The fact that someone in this thread managed to do it with a lenovo computer gives me hope. Just not sure what I could have messed up.

thanks in advance
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
What does systeminfo run from a Elevated Command Prompt show you for OS Name and version?

Also check winver.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaCenter K450
    CPU
    Intel Quad Core i7-4770 @ 3.4Ghz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo
    Memory
    16.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM 1600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Integrated HD Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP h2207
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050@59Hz
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung EVO SATA-3 SSD;
    2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 SATA-2;
    1.5TB Seagate ST3150041AS SATA
    PSU
    500W
    Keyboard
    Wired USB
    Mouse
    Wired USB
    Internet Speed
    3GB Up, 30GB Down
    Browser
    SeaMonkey
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender; MBAM Pro
    Other Info
    UEFI/GPT
    PLDS DVD-RW DH16AERSH
systeminfo gives me:
OS Name: Microsoft Windows 8.1
OS Version: 6.3.9600 N/A Build 9600
OS Manufacturer: Microsoft Corporation
OS Configuration: Standalone Workstation
OS Build Type: Multiprocessor Free

So I think my point stands.

However, I may be on to something with some further research. Apparently sometimes when major hardware changes are made (I guess you could count a hdd substitute as a major hardware change, not really), Windows 8/8.1 will let you put your product key in, but will not actually activate because the computer was originally activated with a certain set of hardware. Because it sees a different hard drive, it believes you are trying to install with your product key on a second computer, thus breaking licensing agreements and such. So to protect this, they added a feature called phone activation. Basically windows has your product key, so you don't need that, but they just have you call a number and give them some numbers, you give them some, and boom it updates the activation of your key to match the hardware. Various sources led me to this conclusion but here is a quick guide:
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/24636-activate-windows-8-phone.html
Let me know if you guys think it is worth a shot because I don't much wanna take my laptop apart again to switch drives until I'm fairly confident that I have my answer.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
I've used Phone activation many times, worth a shot but a HDD change should not require that.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaCenter K450
    CPU
    Intel Quad Core i7-4770 @ 3.4Ghz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo
    Memory
    16.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM 1600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Integrated HD Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP h2207
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050@59Hz
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung EVO SATA-3 SSD;
    2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 SATA-2;
    1.5TB Seagate ST3150041AS SATA
    PSU
    500W
    Keyboard
    Wired USB
    Mouse
    Wired USB
    Internet Speed
    3GB Up, 30GB Down
    Browser
    SeaMonkey
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender; MBAM Pro
    Other Info
    UEFI/GPT
    PLDS DVD-RW DH16AERSH
I have a Lenovo laptop and used the 8.1 create media tool to update from 8 to 8.1
I removed the HDD an put in a new SSD and installed 8.1 from a bootable flash. It read the key from my Bios and installed and activated.
My laptop came with 8 core and I downloaded 8.1 core and had no problem.

Jim :cool:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS - Home Built
    CPU
    AMD Phenom II X6 1100T
    Motherboard
    ASUS M5A99X EVO
    Memory
    Crucial Balistic DDR-3 1866 CL 9 (8 GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI R6850 Cyclone IGD5 PE
    Sound Card
    On Chip
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS VE258Q 25" LED with DVI-HDMI-DisplayPort
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Two WD Cavier Black 2TB Sata 6gbs
    WD My Book Essential 2TB USB 3.0
    PSU
    Seasonic X650 80 Plus GOLD Modular
    Case
    Corsair 400R
    Cooling
    Antec Kuhler H2O 620, Two 120mm and four 140mm
    Keyboard
    AVS Gear Blue LED Backlight
    Mouse
    Logitech Marble Mouse USB, Logitech Precision Game Pad
    Internet Speed
    15MB
    Antivirus
    NIS, Malwarebytes Premium 2
    Other Info
    APC UPS ES 750, Netgear WNR3500L Gigabit & Wireless N Router with SamKnows Test Program,
    Motorola SB6120 Gigabit Cable Modem.
    Brother HL-2170W Laser Printer,
    Epson V300 Scanner
Well problem solved folks. I realized that I had never ugged the computer into the Ethernet port or gotten WiFi access so I did that and it said my product key was blocked. Frustrated and confused I re installed windows from the installation mefia, this time plugging in the Ethernet cord before I even started the install and it installed and activated perfectly on the ssd. Odd how it said blocked at first but either way, I'm all set now

Sorry for typos I'm on my phone and in a time crunch
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
Glad you got it worked out.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo IdeaCenter K450
    CPU
    Intel Quad Core i7-4770 @ 3.4Ghz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo
    Memory
    16.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM 1600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Integrated HD Graphics
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP h2207
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050@59Hz
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung EVO SATA-3 SSD;
    2TB Seagate ST2000DM001 SATA-2;
    1.5TB Seagate ST3150041AS SATA
    PSU
    500W
    Keyboard
    Wired USB
    Mouse
    Wired USB
    Internet Speed
    3GB Up, 30GB Down
    Browser
    SeaMonkey
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender; MBAM Pro
    Other Info
    UEFI/GPT
    PLDS DVD-RW DH16AERSH
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