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Activation in Clean install Windows 8.1 on a Windows 8 PC

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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64

    Activation in Clean install Windows 8.1 on a Windows 8 PC


    Hi guys,
    We all know that Windows 8.1 is a FREE update to Windows 8 OS. Recently my teacher's Toshiba Satellite Laptop shipped with Windows 8 Single Language, is very slow, so she wanted me, to do a clean install to get rid of bloatware. And also, we all know that Microsoft released a tool that downloads an installation media of Windows 8.1. So here's my questions:
    1. Will Windows 8.1 activate with a OEM key embedded in the BIOS?

    2. If I install Windows 8.1 does it automatically activate it without Internet?

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    1. Will Windows 8.1 activate with a OEM key embedded in the BIOS?

    - Yes - if you install Windows 8.1 Single Language (it contains an ei.cfg file that bypasses an installation key)

    2. If I install Windows 8.1 does it automatically activate it without Internet?

    - No. it needs online activation.
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    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64


    Thank you for replying,

    But to be clear, will Windows 8.1 activate using a Windows 8 key in the BIOS?
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    Yes, once you install Windows 8.1 Single Language, it will read the bios key and activate itself as soon as you go online.
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    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64


    Ok Thanks for replying
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