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Is the Win8 product key tied to install media ?


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I have bought 3 win8 Licences online. I downloaded the install media for each. Do I need to keep all the install media or will a valid key work with any install media ? Or to put the question another way is the key tied to the install media in any way ? I'd rather keep just one instance of the install media if that's possible.
Thanks in advance
 

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#2
Did each Windows 8 License have its' own product key ?
 

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Did each Windows 8 License have its' own product key ?
Well, yes, I have 3 keys, 3 licences. I thought that licence = unique key is this not the case ?
I would think so.

You could try to install one with one of the other keys.
All it can do is say "No", wrong key.
 

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The Win8 product keys/licenses you bought are NOT tied to any installation media.

You can use a product key with any Win8 installer as long as you trust the installation media (and its source).
 

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So he can keep 1 install & delete the other 2 ?

That will free up some space. :)
 

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Hi there
I think this issue has been addressed a few times recently. A Windows install now (it started with W7 or maybe VISTA too ) can contain all the versions of Windows -- the version that gets installed is dependent on the key you enter.

It's even possible to ADD customised images to a Windows install media -- once you enter the correct key then THAT version will be installed.

However some people just use the "Upgrade" facility from Ms - even from a pre-installed OEM W8 system you can upgrade to "Retail" W8 Pro for example by just purchasing a key from Ms -- then the upgrade will be performed over the internet so it's not always necessary to actually have physical install media.

However IF you have install media then as I said the version that gets installed is 100% dependent on the key -- not the install media which CAN be used on multiple machines (different key required for each machine of course)

Cheers
jimbo
 

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No the install media is not tied to one specific key. It checks for a valid key during install and will accept any valid product code. The product code entered determines what version is installed, Core or Pro.
 

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