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    Quote Originally Posted by floepie View Post
    Even without a PID.txt file in /sources, there is no prompt. So, it could very well be that the specifically-instructed OEM install picks up the OEM BIOS key, as did the W8 ISOs. Just a theory.
    That's how it looks like but I'm also not 100% sure.

    I just noted what i saw: simply tried to insert the key manually but if failed saying that it's not valid (it was already inserted and activation online was successful).

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    LOL! Gee, John. I'm lost already. Where's the Start Button?
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  3. #123


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


    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    Nah, you youn 'uns, it started with this:

    Attachment 27653
    Oh! the old Windows Metro.
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  4. #124


    Quote Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
    OK to anyone using a Microsoft account it's easy to switch to a local one. Just bring up the Charms bar > Settings > Change PC Settings > Accounts and click Disconnect and then all will be revealed.

    Local Account - Switch to in Windows 8
    Talk about right under my nose, Peter...


    Well, I tried that right away, actually, but as I did an upgrade from 8.0 to 8.1, the main account I transferred over was the account that 8.1 insisted on rejiggering to a Microsoft account (had been a local account), and when I hit "disconnect" I was afraid it would delete all or some of my transferred account info--the descriptive language wasn't that clear. Or at least clear enough to reassure me. I mean, it would be rather a waste if I went to the trouble to do the upgrade as opposed to a clean install and ended up with a mostly clean install simply because I changed the account type from Microsoft back to the local account it had originally been!

    Have you changed an account from Microsoft to local without any noticeable data loss? My upgraded account has a lot of stuff in it and I'd suffer the indignities of the Microsoft account as opposed to losing the info! Thanks much for any insight you can offer!

    OK--created a system restore point--and now will try...! I'' get back and let you know how it went.


    Edit: Back--no worries! (I worry too much--sweat the small stuff, etc.) Successfully changed from Microsoft account to Local without local info loss! Thanks again, Peter!
    Last edited by waltc; 12 Sep 2013 at 16:26. Reason: Added Info
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  5. #125


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    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    Nah, you youn 'uns, it started with this:

    Attachment 27653
    Oh! the old Windows Metro.
    No, the equivalent of Metro was DosShell - it was full screen, didn't multi-task properly, and I believe used keystrokes like Alt-Tab to switch task and Alt-F4 to close...
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    Nah, you youn 'uns, it started with this:

    Attachment 27653
    Indeed it did!
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  7. #127


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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    I've got an 8 Pro upgrade key from 7 Ultimate (+ a MC key as well). If I do clean install using generic key I can then activate with the 7 to 8 upgrade key and then add WMC back. Is this right? It was my plan until I saw these posts about retrieving the key using RWEverything.
    RwEverything is being used to retrieve the new embedded factory OEM keys. If you PC shipped with Window7 or earlier, it won't have one anyway. Upgrade keys can be problematic, they won't work for a clean install of 8 for example. I'm not sure it yours will be accepted though the change product key option. If somebody else has tried it I'm sure they post back how it went.
    I used the common key to clean install 8.1 RTM and my upgrade key (7 to 8) to activate. It was accepted first time - easier than clean install of 8 in fact.
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  8. #128


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    Windows 8, 2012, 7, 2008R2, 2008, 2003, XP,SUSE


    Just finished upgrading from 8 to 8.1 keeping all of my apps. It even kept my Start8 but I haven't checked my Hyper-V clients yet.
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  9. #129


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    I've got an 8 Pro upgrade key from 7 Ultimate (+ a MC key as well). If I do clean install using generic key I can then activate with the 7 to 8 upgrade key and then add WMC back. Is this right? It was my plan until I saw these posts about retrieving the key using RWEverything.
    RwEverything is being used to retrieve the new embedded factory OEM keys. If you PC shipped with Window7 or earlier, it won't have one anyway. Upgrade keys can be problematic, they won't work for a clean install of 8 for example. I'm not sure it yours will be accepted though the change product key option. If somebody else has tried it I'm sure they post back how it went.
    I used the common key to clean install 8.1 RTM and my upgrade key (7 to 8) to activate. It was accepted first time - easier than clean install of 8 in fact.
    Thanks for that info.
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  10. #130


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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    The ei.cfg file didn't work for me, had to use the ISO and enter my Laptop OEM key after installation.
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