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  1. #61


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waltc View Post
    What I'll work on tomorrow will be trying to change my primary account from a Microsoft account to a local account--Microsoft seems to have made that a bit more complex than it was in 8.0, where it was fairly easy to do that, I thought.
    Yes they have and I'm trying to figure that one out too.

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  2. #62


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    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    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
    Last edited by Brink; 11 Sep 2013 at 10:44. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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  3. #63


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    wds 8.1- x 64Bit


    Hi All

    When i update from wds 8 to 8.1 ..

    Do I have to set up all over again ? .. like new windows ...?

    Thanks .
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  4. #64


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    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    You shouldn't have to if you elect to keep your settings.
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  5. #65


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    Windows 8.1 Core


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    I took a clean install, the 8.0 OEM key wasn't accepted (I had a key prompt which I skipped) but the OEM key it was already inserted. Just needed to activate online.
    If you need to re-insert it manually, do that. If it fails it might already be inserted.

    All good.

    Needed to mess around a bit so I also did the install in a VirtualBox 4.3 Beta but I had bluescreens due to VBox being unstable; VM VT-x instabilities.

    The OS works fine and I like the new colored tiles.

    Looks like the default Windows theme is pretty orange-yellowish, just to my liking and that was a surprise.
    Not sure if I understand. How did you bypass the key prompt? I have a new W8 laptop with the BIOS key, so I'm assuming that mine, like yours, will also get its BIOS key recognized somewhere during the install. When I attempted to install, I didn't see a way around the key prompt.
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  6. #66


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    It seems others are doing this:

    You need a key to install it.

    Bottom of the first post Windows 8.1 RTM (Core, Pro, Enterprise x86, x64) leaked

    You then need to enter your oem key to activate - better find out what that is first.
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  7. #67


    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    I took a clean install, the 8.0 OEM key wasn't accepted (I had a key prompt which I skipped) but the OEM key it was already inserted. Just needed to activate online.
    If you need to re-insert it manually, do that. If it fails it might already be inserted.

    All good.

    Needed to mess around a bit so I also did the install in a VirtualBox 4.3 Beta but I had bluescreens due to VBox being unstable; VM VT-x instabilities.

    The OS works fine and I like the new colored tiles.

    Looks like the default Windows theme is pretty orange-yellowish, just to my liking and that was a surprise.
    The product key field was blank for me. I never thought to try skipping it. I don't know what my embedded code is. The script I ran only showed my Media Center key when I ran it, not the embedded key. In a way it actually made things quicker and simpler for me. My embedded code is for 8 core, so I end up upgrading to 8 Pro and then doing it again to add media center. I got to skip one step and install 8.1 Pro. Then do the one add features to add Media Center.
    I've created a custom ISO where Core version is selectable and key prompt can be skipped (it will prompt it again before user setup anyway *).

    I kept using Core and noted the key down after using one of those vbs-scripts to show it.

    After the install of 8.1:
    * It showed a blank key as well but when I tried to insert it it gave an error... then I check system properties and it was already inserted. A glitch maybe?

    As I said, in the end all went well.

    In your case it would be nicer to note the key down so that clean installs prompts will be dealt with.
    Even better would it be your own custom PRO Media Center ISO so that you clean-install all in one step.
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  8. #68


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    Quote Originally Posted by floepie View Post
    Not sure if I understand. How did you bypass the key prompt? I have a new W8 laptop with the BIOS key, so I'm assuming that mine, like yours, will also get its BIOS key recognized somewhere during the install. When I attempted to install, I didn't see a way around the key prompt.
    Since I'm still using the laptop's OEM license:
    I use the 8.1 Core version, to match the one the OEM installed for 8.0.

    For this you need to make a custom ISO where you can select Core version (Pro will be also listed below). This will also skip the key prompt before install.

    About that custom ISO:

    It contains one extra file in the sources folder, that's all.

    Version selection menu:
    You don't actually need an ISO in the end if you boot from USB, just put the files on USB stick and in the sources folder, one extra file called "ei.cfg" with the following options in it:

    Code:
    [Channel]
    OEM
    
    
    [VL]
    0
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  9. #69


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    I took a clean install, the 8.0 OEM key wasn't accepted (I had a key prompt which I skipped) but the OEM key it was already inserted. Just needed to activate online.
    If you need to re-insert it manually, do that. If it fails it might already be inserted.

    All good.

    Needed to mess around a bit so I also did the install in a VirtualBox 4.3 Beta but I had bluescreens due to VBox being unstable; VM VT-x instabilities.

    The OS works fine and I like the new colored tiles.

    Looks like the default Windows theme is pretty orange-yellowish, just to my liking and that was a surprise.
    The product key field was blank for me. I never thought to try skipping it. I don't know what my embedded code is. The script I ran only showed my Media Center key when I ran it, not the embedded key. In a way it actually made things quicker and simpler for me. My embedded code is for 8 core, so I end up upgrading to 8 Pro and then doing it again to add media center. I got to skip one step and install 8.1 Pro. Then do the one add features to add Media Center.
    I've created a custom ISO where Core version is selectable and key prompt can be skipped (it will prompt it again before user setup anyway *).

    I kept using Core and noted the key down after using one of those vbs-scripts to show it.

    After the install of 8.1:
    * It showed a blank key as well but when I tried to insert it it gave an error... then I check system properties and it was already inserted. A glitch maybe?

    As I said, in the end all went well.

    In your case it would be nicer to note the key down so that clean installs prompts will be dealt with.
    Even better would it be your own custom PRO Media Center ISO so that you clean-install all in one step.
    Yeah, but how do I get my embedded code now? The vbs script is just going to display the product code currently in use. In my case that will be my Media Center key. That's what I got the last time I ran a scrip that was floating around here.
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  10. #70


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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Yeah, but how do I get my embedded code now? The vbs script is just going to display the product code currently in use. In my case that will be my Media Center key. That's what I got the last time I ran a scrip that was floating around here.

    I ran it while OEM version was still installed, for backup purposes since I've expected key prompts like now. Didn't trusted the "automatic" system: key has to be shown somewhere and that's why I stepped in in time to retrieve it for my clean installs.

    Probably the BIOS doesn't display it (possible hidden menu's...) and you might try all boot prompts F1 to F12 for extra options.
    The Recovery partition the manufacturer put on your disk drive has to contain the OEM key somewhere but I don't know where.

    These are just some suggestions where to look, if the key is saved as most believe, there has to be a way to retrieve it. The vbs-script shows the currently installed version's key indeed.
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