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Activate Windows 8.1 clean install with OEM key?

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    Windows 8.1, Ubuntu 13.10, Debian 7, and Kali 1.0.6

    Activate Windows 8.1 clean install with OEM key?


    Hi

    I have clean installed Windows 8.1 on a friend's new laptop. The install media is a flash drive created from a Windows 8.1 image I downloaded directly from Microsoft using some trick I found on this website. If it matters I may have used my Windows 8.1 upgrade key for the trick or if that is not possible I probably used my own Windows 8 key.

    Before clean installing on my friend's laptop I extracted the product key using ekeyfinder and after clean installing I extracted a different product key from the BIOS using the Rw utility. I am unable to activate Windows with either key.

    Is there anyway this can be done without having to order install media from Lenovo?

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    Windows 8.1, Ubuntu 13.10, Debian 7, and Kali 1.0.6


    I just found this post:

    https://www.eightforums.com/installation-setup/38486-need-help-formatted-genuine-windows-8-lenovo.html#post330277


    Unfortunately I did not check whether Windows 8.1 was core, pro, or single language before clean installling - is there anyway to see which version my key is for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dusf View Post
    Unfortunately I did not check whether Windows 8.1 was core, pro, or single language before clean installling - is there anyway to see which version my key is for?
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    Windows 8.1, Ubuntu 13.10, Debian 7, and Kali 1.0.6


    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by dusf View Post
    Unfortunately I did not check whether Windows 8.1 was core, pro, or single language before clean installling - is there anyway to see which version my key is for?
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    Thanks Genet, you solved both of those queries
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