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  1. #250


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I'm not sure about the current download, but in the past you got Core or Pro depending on what key you entered for the download. The Pro download would not accept a Core key or install just Core. Retail DVD's like my TechNet ISO's are multi edition and will install Core or Pro depending on what key you enter. I "think" your out of luck.

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  2. #251


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Afaik if you have used pro key to download the iso file you will get only the pro edition. So I guess you can't install non-pro edition using this usb disc.
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  3. #252


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Steve C View Post
    Thanks for your help above.

    I had a reply from LG support about the BluRay drive. They say it was produced in 2011 and may not support UEFI boot in Windows 8.Gues I'll just use the USB drive which is faster.

    I now have a working Windows 8.1 (Upgrade 1?) USB install disc produced using my retail key for Windows 8 Pro.

    I've just bought a Dell laptop which has an OEM version of Windows 8.1 (not Pro edition).

    Can I use the Windows 8.1 USB disc (produced using my Windows 8 Pro key for my desktop PC) to reinstall Windows 8 (not Pro) on my laptop using the Dell OEM Windows 8 product key (located using Belarc Advisor)?
    Hello Steve,

    In addition to the other posts above, it will not accept an OEM product key to download an ISO with.
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  4. #253


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Anybody with a factory Windows 8.0 OEM install has basically been thrown under the bus.
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  5. #254


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Yep, those with a factory OEM Windows would need to contact the computer manufacturer to order replacement factory recovery media instead.
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  6. #255


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Yep, those with a factory OEM Windows would need to contact the computer manufacturer to order replacement factory recovery media instead if the factory recovery partition is missing or corrupted on the PC.
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  7. #256


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Yep, order your factory recovery media now and save time later, just pay shipping and handling. Hard drive swaps are problematic too.
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  8. #257


    Hmm I just get isos off the Internet because its a useful source
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  9. #258


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Yep, order your factory recovery media now and save time later, just pay shipping and handling. Hard drive swaps are problematic too.
    If you have a factory key (HP, Dell, etc.), it will work with any OEM disc (of the same version I.E. 8.0 works with 8.0, but you can use the method with the KMS key I think for other versions). How you get the OEM disc is up to you (wink), but hopefully you have a friend who has one. One possible avenue might be (once you have a working OEM disc) to prepare a generalized sysprep image on your PC so that you can reuse that without having to install windows over and over. Would work for hard drive swaps and hardware upgrades too.
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  10. #259


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by osterac View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Yep, order your factory recovery media now and save time later, just pay shipping and handling. Hard drive swaps are problematic too.
    If you have a factory key (HP, Dell, etc.), it will work with any OEM disc (of the same version I.E. 8.0 works with 8.0, but you can use the method with the KMS key I think for other versions). How you get the OEM disc is up to you (wink), but hopefully you have a friend who has one. One possible avenue might be (once you have a working OEM disc) to prepare a generalized sysprep image on your PC so that you can reuse that without having to install windows over and over. Would work for hard drive swaps and hardware upgrades too.
    Yeah I know. My 8.0 TechNet ISO will read and use the 8.0 OEM embedded key on my laptop. The hard part is getting your hands on an unaltered ISO.
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