How to reinstall Windows 8 on a computer that comes with a prebuilt key?

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  1. ian82

    ian82 MDL Expert

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    I formatted my laptop and installed a clean Windows 8 Pro as I have my genuine key that I bought for 15 bucks

    But the question is, let's say I didn't have this key, I downloaded the Windows 8 (non pro) ISO and burned it to a USB then booted from the USB, the installation gave me an error message saying none of the prebuilt keys match the image I am trying to install.

    what gives?

    I tried disabling and enabling secureo ot but both didn't help

    anyway, ideally, should secure oot be enabled or disabled if one is trying to install Windows 8 using the built in key?

    A moderator from the ASUS forums posted that the key which is prebuilt in the BIOS is an OEM key and the image I was trying to install from is a retail image hence, the error message...is that true?

    if it is, then where to get an OEM Windows 8 (non pro)
     
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    #2 Tito, Jul 13, 2013
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    You should read this guide carefully. AFAIK your lappy comes with CoreSingleLanguage, so you should use CoreSingleLanguage installer.
     
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    Most probably its a MSDN copy of Windows 8 (multiple editions) iso (x64), which shouldn't work.

    You need to use this.
     
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