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Not Sure is OEM or Retail Product Keys?


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Bought a DELL Inspiron 660 around middle of Dec. 2012 with windows 8 Home installed. Guess is Windows OEM at that time.
After several weeks Microsoft have a "Giveaway" , that anyone with windows 7 and Up [ LEGAL OR NOT ], can Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, FOR usd 15.00 [ Lost the receipt when Yahoo crash last month, Had in one of Yahoo Flders ]
Actually have a Microsoft Tech installed the OS with Remote access and I was given a New set of Product keys for the new windows 8 Pr w/Media Center.

Now I have trouble getting an ISO or a DVD of Windows 8.1 , if I need a clean install of the OS in the future?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8 pro

HippsieGypsie

It's Gururrrrrr8!
Lilymoor, IL

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#2
Welcome to Windows EightForums, xptowindows8.

No offense intended, but this is confusing to me the way you explained this. So as I understand > You bought the Windows 8 Pro w/ MC via Yahoo?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8.1 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer T690
    CPU
    Intel Pentium D Dual Core
    Motherboard
    Acer/Intel E946GZ
    Memory
    2GB (max upgrade)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 - PCI Express x16
    Sound Card
    Integrated RealTek ALC888 high-definition audio with 7.1 channel audio support
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer AL1917W A LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1440 X 900
    Hard Drives
    350 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
    Thumb drives
    PSU
    Standard 250 watt
    Case
    Desktop 7.2" (183mm) W x 17.5" (445mm) L x 14.5"
    Cooling
    Dual case fans + CPU fan
    Keyboard
    Acer Windows PS/2
    Mouse
    Wireless Microsoft Arc
    Internet Speed
    54mbp/s
    Browser
    IE11
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Office Pro 2013 / Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phone 8.1DP GDR1
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Welcome to Windows EightForums, xptowindows8.

No offense intended, but this is confusing to me the way you explained this. So as I understand > You bought the Windows 8 Pro w/ MC via Yahoo?
No, I bought it directly from Microsoft when they had a Fantastic Deal going on at that time. Obviously , you have to use an email for Confirmation and the Product key + Media Center Keys send back to you'

I saved or Moved the 2 Important emails into a Folder that I created at my Yahoo mail. There was a "Crash" sometime back at Yahoo Mail that lasted for MORE than a week. I was one of those people that could NOT access my Yahoo Email. and when I could, all the Folders were WIPED OUT !!.

THat means I do NOT have a printout of those 2 important Emails, CONFIRMING my purchase . Did a Belarc Advisor to retrieve the Product Keys, but the Keys are For the Media Center.

Only , after I posted this Thread, out of Curiosity, I went and checked my Yahoo Email, hoping against hope, that the Folders had been restored - Guess what , IT IS !!!

Now, I have my Product Keys for the Windows Pro + Media Center and I tested the keys @ the Microsoft site and able to Download, the Windows 8 ISO file !!

I have also made an Acronis Image of my PC the first time, I ran it, so if I slap that Image back onto my SSD, and use Magic jelly Beans or other Keys Finder, I might still able to retrieve the OEM Product keys , just for my DELL PC, a Clean Installation of Windows 8, minus all the DELL Garbage that came with it. - Hope that works?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8 pro

HippsieGypsie

It's Gururrrrrr8!
Lilymoor, IL

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13,547
#4
I'm glad things worked out for you. I can tell you're quite happy. :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8.1 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer T690
    CPU
    Intel Pentium D Dual Core
    Motherboard
    Acer/Intel E946GZ
    Memory
    2GB (max upgrade)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 - PCI Express x16
    Sound Card
    Integrated RealTek ALC888 high-definition audio with 7.1 channel audio support
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer AL1917W A LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1440 X 900
    Hard Drives
    350 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
    Thumb drives
    PSU
    Standard 250 watt
    Case
    Desktop 7.2" (183mm) W x 17.5" (445mm) L x 14.5"
    Cooling
    Dual case fans + CPU fan
    Keyboard
    Acer Windows PS/2
    Mouse
    Wireless Microsoft Arc
    Internet Speed
    54mbp/s
    Browser
    IE11
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Office Pro 2013 / Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phone 8.1DP GDR1