[Solved] Clean install 8.1 won't accept 8.0 OEM key

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  1. swampsong

    swampsong MDL Novice

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    #1 swampsong, Jun 1, 2014
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    [Solved] See: forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/54976-Clean-install-8-1-won-t-accept-8-0-OEM-key?p=920093&viewfull=1#post920093

    Hi all. First post. I used to be familiar with partitioning, formatting and installing Windows up until Windows XP, then I left my hobby of computers for a
    while and now it seems I have a fair bit of catching up to do. I recently purchased a new notebook (Acer Aspire V5-573G) that came preinstalled with Windows 8 (x64) (build 9200) on a single partition. I wanted to perform a clean install of Windows 8.1 (x64) (build 9600) as I didn't like the bloat and wanted my own partition scheme.

    The answer to my questions (hi-lighted in bold) are probably already answered on this forum, I hope someone can point me to the right thread.

    Process I used is as follows:

    I obtained the product key that is embedded in the BIOS using Belarc Advisor.

    I downloaded the ESD directly from Microsoft:
    sg.win.esd.microsoft.com/W81S14DL/W81S14GA2BF8DAEB595543EFB906F77C6300170B/OSGS14-Windows8ESDwithApps-64bit-English-X1938604.esd
    I found the link here:
    forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/53855-Windows-8-1-with-Update-ESDs-Repository/page35?p=914759#post914759
    To my understanding, these are General availability (GA). Not sure if I should have got the Release To Manufacturing (RTM) instead (?)

    I used the decryption package (esd-decrypter-v3.7z) to make an ISO from the ESD file. I used option 4 when prompted.
    forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/53855-Windows-8-1-with-Update-ESDs-Repository

    I used Rufus to make a bootable Windows 8.1 installation USB drive from the ISO. rufus.akeo.ie

    I installed it using a generic key (Core Edition), found here:
    forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/47480-windows-8-1-generic-keys

    After Windows 8.1 was installed, I wanted to activate it using my OEM key, so I uninstalled the generic product key via Command Prompt (Admin) "slmgr /upk"

    But, when I used "slui 3", I was unable to use my OEM key (?)

    So I ran "slui 4" and activated my copy of Windows 8.1 over the phone instead and all went well. Now it is updated and working properly.

    From what I read superuser.com/questions/697253/clean-install-windows-8-1-or-windows-8-from-oem-key#710346, I should have been able to use my OEM key (?)
     
  2. M0rriss0n

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    What exactly was the response from SLUI3?

    I had the same, Windows stating the key was already used.
    Had to call Microsoft computer and choose the option installed on 1 computer and now its activated.
    Also retrieved key from BIOS on a laptop, this key could only activate "SingleLanguage", so this version is installed.
     
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  3. swampsong

    swampsong MDL Novice

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    I don't remember the exact message, but it said it was incorrect or something along those lines. I just tried to enter the product key again to see if I could get the message, but it was accepted this time - I guess because I already activated the system over the phone prior.
     
  4. Flipp3r

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    please replace the key with Xs
     
  6. coleoptere2007

    coleoptere2007 MDL Guru

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    @Flipp3r hide the key in ur post.
     
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    Flipp3r MDL Expert

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  8. PaulDesmond

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    useless to discuss this matter again and again. The owner of this forum disallows displaying keys of any fashion due to DMCA notices out of the past. Period
     
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  10. Flipp3r

    Flipp3r MDL Expert

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    The ISO should be fine. You could always clone your hdd to the ssd.
    Perhaps activation backup & restore if you wanted a new clean install.
    There's info in these forums...
     
  11. Yen

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    AFAIK it would have worked if you had not uninstalled the generic key and you had entered the OEM DM key directly at GUI (change product key).

    Windows 8.1 setup reads any key from the MSDMtable, no matter what key it is. But the w8.1 setup does not auto activate / accept the key if the key is an w8.0 OEM DM key and hence it prompts for one at setup. Since it does not accept there the w8.0 DM serial you have to enter the right 8.1 generic key and change it later. It can be the retail generic key.

    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/thr...-VMware/page16?p=813597&viewfull=1#post813597

    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/thr...-VMware/page17?p=814560&viewfull=1#post814560

    I can confirm the following scenario....
    Install w8.1 retail entering pro generic w8.1 key at setup.
    Then change key at GUI (windows pro 8.0 OEM DM key-->change PC settings-->change product key there)..it activated.....
     
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  12. Aemsa

    Aemsa MDL Member

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    What I do is install windows with generic key, once setup is done, do a slmgr /upk and restart the computer, once it reaches desktop it gets activated automatically.
     
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  13. swampsong

    swampsong MDL Novice

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    My new SSD should arrive in a week, then I will try again and report back. Thanks for everyone's suggestions so far.
     
  14. swampsong

    swampsong MDL Novice

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    My SSD drive arrived today. I did a clean install and followed your instructions. More precisely: Control Panel\System and Security\System > Activate. From here I could change my product key from the 8.1 retail generic key used to install, to my 8.0 OEM key and it was accepted and activated :worthy: Thanks!
     
  15. EnolaGay

    EnolaGay MDL Novice

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    I just wanted to thank Swampsong for the clear instructions in his first post. Worked like a charm :cool:

    I have an Asus X551CA and the HDD died. Windows 8 OEM was installed originally. No back up CD naturally.
    I extracted the product key that is embedded in the BIOS using Hirens Boot CD on a bootable USB, and a portable version of RWEverything. (perhaps there are easier methods).
    Followed Swampsong instructions. Success.

    If it helps anybody out there, you do have to permanently alter the Asus X551CA BIOS settings.

    To get the Asus to boot from USB you need to change the BIOS settings :
    (Press F2 on boot to get into the BIOS)
    • Under Security disable Secure Boot Control, then save settings and reboot the PC.
    • Under Boot disable Fast Boot, then enable Launch CSM, then enable Launch PXE OpROM
    • Save changes and restart and press the ESC key and choose boot from USB.

    Oddly, you can not reverse these changes after installing Windows 8.1. You can not turn Secure Boot Control back on, but the PC works just fine.
     
  16. Agret

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    You don't have to enable Launch PXE OpROM. PXE Boot is for network booting (like from SCCM or WDS) and should be disabled unless you are using it as it will try and get a DHCP address every time you boot delaying the startup.