Windows 8.1 OEM key can be used in other cpu?

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  1. CarlosE

    CarlosE MDL Novice

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    I bought a notebook with Windows 8.1, but I replace the operative system with Windows 7.
    Can I use the OEM key in another computer?
    Key in BIOS is for Windows 8.1 Pro RTM.

    PIDGEN says:
     
  2. EFA11

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    they key is tied to that device. being an OEM:DM key it is non-transferable to another device.
     
  3. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Not in Germany :cool2:.
     
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  4. Don

    Don MDL Expert

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    Why start a thread to ask a question?
     
  5. EFA11

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    to get an answer of course? :D

    @S1ave yes that is true huh lol
     
  6. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Yeah, i enjoy the idea of being a PITA for MS :cool2:.
     
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  7. Yen

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    I have to say preinstallations OEM: DM from OEMs are not transferable in Germany. They come with a device. System builder licenses can be sold without an device and must be transferable (OEM:NONSLP)
    This is at least how I understand all that confusing rights...

    Either way @OP . Yes it can be activated by phone automatisms. If you should get a human there (improbable, though) just say your mobo died.
     
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  8. CarlosE

    CarlosE MDL Novice

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    I will try phone activation and will let you know if works
     
  9. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    #9 s1ave77, Jun 12, 2015
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    You can force phone act in CMD with:

    Code:
    slui 4

    EDIT: HEYA Boops:clap:.
     
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  10. Yen

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    Make sure you apply the right order of steps. Install 8.1 pro retail untouched ISO, enter generic retail key during setup. Once it's installed go to change key and enter the one from MSDMTable, It normally should not activate online since it has been activated already. Then go on with phone activation.

    Would be nice to hear from you, it at least worked when 8.1 came out....as you can find here @MDL confirmations....also a not yet activated one activated the first time even online on another device/vm....
     
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  11. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    One can also opt for new MediaCreationTool from MS which a) doesnt require key for download anymore, b) downloads smaller (single-index) ESD version and c) creates install media (ISO or direct to USB) which accepts 8.1 keys during setup :cool2:.
     
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  12. ZaForD

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    Haven't seen the new version.
    Does it have an option for the w/ Bing SKU's ?
     
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  14. ZaForD

    ZaForD MDL Expert

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    @Nuhkka,
    The w/ Bing is a Single Language SKU, but theres also the Single Language SKU listed above. :(

    @EFA11,
    Thanks for checking :cool:
    I couldn't check for myself as I was using my phone, but I wonder if we'll be able to check stuff like this on Windows 10 Mobile :confused:
     
  15. CarlosE

    CarlosE MDL Novice

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    It works!!!

    Windows is activated!!!
    I never activated my laptop that cames with Windows 8.1, i use the key in my desktop CPU and Works.
    I uninstall the key and try phone activation and works too.
    The only thing is that i haven't the Windows 10 upgrade icon.
     
  16. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    "With Bing" is CoreConnected (CC)
    "SingleLanguage" is CoreSingleLanguage (CSL)
    and there is also a CoreConnectedSingleLanguage SKU (CCSL).
     
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  17. CarlosE

    CarlosE MDL Novice

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    I got the icon and make my reservation. :)

     
  18. Yen

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    This is conform to my experiences. Regardless of EULA: A not yet activated MSDM serial is completely transferable and activates even online the first time. No hardware is tied to the preinstallation (OA3) when it leaves the manufacturer. :)
    Glad it still is that way...many companies have client PCs with a MSDM serial. But they do not use the license since they use MAK/KMS of the far superior w7.

    A lot of unused w8.x licenses can be found at companies..but nobody has activated them lol....
     
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