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Windows 8 moves to BIOS-based product keys

  1. #31


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    When I said "I can see doing a clean install to ditch the OEM crapware, so you might get part of your question answered." What I meant was I can see someone doing a clean install..... It will be a while before I own a PC with Windows 8 preinstalled so it won't be me trying it.
    Understandable situation.

    We're in the same shoes. I also don't plan on doing this any time soon if the current install suits my needs.

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  2. #32


    Ok after a nice chat with with someone in the know here is the deal:

    Standard retail discs (system builder) has no EI.cfg file and so will install whatever version it see's in the bios (if it see's nothing it will prompt for key). You can then Use the supplied key in add features Add Features to Windows 8 to upgrade to Pro.

    If you Have Some business Discs these have an EI.cfg and force the install of said version quoted in file. ( I have checked and my work discs do have an EI.cfg file) as they have Media Center rolled into them.

    So it looks like you have to install core (which you can do with SYS BLD(retail)Discs) and then Upgrade to pro.....

    MS really have made that more complex than it needs to be.....

    Not sure Mr Joe Public will know what to do.......
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  3. #33


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    When doing a clean install on a OEM manufacturer's PC with Windows 8 (Home), using a Windows 8 Pro Retail/OEM DVD, Windows 8 (Home) will be reinstalled, to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro use
    Add Features to Windows 8

    Quote Originally Posted by msmcintosh
    I bought a new Asus UX32VD that came with Windows 8. I purchased and installed a new SSD to replace the existing HD. The laptop didn't come with a recovery DVD. I purchased Windows 8 Pro OEM from Amazon. When I installed the Pro version on the blank SSD, I ended up with the same Windows 8 version that original came with the laptop, minus the recovery partition. I resized the C and D partitions to my liking. I wasn't asked for the Product Key for the Pro version and Windows passively activated.

    Is it not possible for me to replace the OEM Windows 8 with the OEM Pro version?
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  4. #34


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


    Quote Originally Posted by aramil View Post
    Ok after a nice chat with with someone in the know here is the deal:

    Standard retail discs (system builder) has no EI.cfg file and so will install whatever version it see's in the bios (if it see's nothing it will prompt for key). You can then Use the supplied key in add features Add Features to Windows 8 to upgrade to Pro.

    If you Have Some business Discs these have an EI.cfg and force the install of said version quoted in file. ( I have checked and my work discs do have an EI.cfg file) as they have Media Center rolled into them.

    So it looks like you have to install core (which you can do with SYS BLD(retail)Discs) and then Upgrade to pro.....

    MS really have made that more complex than it needs to be.....

    Not sure Mr Joe Public will know what to do.......
    Are the disks with Media Center rolled in Microsoft disks or something you created?
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  5. #35


    Made with Microsoft's deployment tools (ADK) for win 8.
    http://www.microsft.com/en-us/downlo....aspx?id=30652

    Not a tool to play around with, but very good for deploying multiple exact copys of an OS.
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  6. #36


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


    Ok, so you added the ei.cfg file as part of the process of making you image?
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