Windows 8 OEM nightmare

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  1. tr7111

    tr7111 MDL Novice

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    I installed windows 10 preview on my laptop to test it out. After I was done I tried to reinstall windows 8.1 but it won't activate using the key I have.

    I bought a lenovo with windows 8 (not 8.1) already installed. My product key ends in OEM:DM

    How can I install windows 8 or 8.1 and activate it using the key in the bios? I thought I was able to do this in the past?
     
  2. s1ave77

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  3. tr7111

    tr7111 MDL Novice

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    Edition Type : Core
    Description : Win 8 RTM Core OEM:DM
    Edition ID : X18-15561
    Key Type : OEM:DM
    EULA : OEM
    Crypto ID : 1796


    So I need to find X18-15561?
     
  4. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Since it is no Single language, every standard MS ISO should work. Use the MediaCreator from MS to download 'Windows 8.1' and let the tool prepare an usb.
     
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  5. tr7111

    tr7111 MDL Novice

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    I've tried that. It installs but won't activate
     
  6. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Did it grab the key automatically during setup or did it prompt for a key?
     
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  7. tr7111

    tr7111 MDL Novice

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    It grabbed it automatically. But activation fails.
     
  8. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    I would try phone activation in CMD 'slui 4'.
     
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  9. tr7111

    tr7111 MDL Novice

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    Tried that too. Gonna give it one more shot.
     
  10. s1ave77

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    Talk to a real person there, they should help if system is legal :D.
     
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  11. tr7111

    tr7111 MDL Novice

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    Could it be because I upgraded my wifi card and altered the bios? When windows 8.1 installs the wifi drivers aren't installed.
     
  12. s1ave77

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    Yep, that could be the reason. Did you try to talk to a real person while phone activating?
     
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  13. tr7111

    tr7111 MDL Novice

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    No. I'll try if I have to.

    Isn't there a way to setup wifi drivers during the installation?
     
  14. Flipp3r

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    Drivers don't matter as the hardware hash is already programmed into your bios. What key is currently installed? Your OEM-DM key?
     
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    He said Setup took the key automatically ... so answer shoud be Yes here :D.
     
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    tr7111 MDL Novice

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    that's the thing. I have a modified bios because I needed to replace the wifi card. The motherboard is the same and windows has it as soon as I check in the activation window. I could have swore this worked before when older installations of version 8 were floating around.

     
  17. Flipp3r

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    Is he sure? It would be auto if the install.wim already had a manufacturers default key for OA3 already installed.
     
  18. s1ave77

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    Since it took the key i would assume the MSDM table is still intact, but the Activation Server might have problems to verify the HWIDs.
     
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    tr7111 MDL Novice

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    The latest attempt I made a windows installation media for 8.1 64 on a usb drive. Earlier, I tried windows 8 thinking that would fix it since the product key is windows 8.

    I deleted all the partitions on my hard drive and made a new one during installation. Boots up to a nonactivated OS but under activation the key is already there. I didn't input it.
     
  20. s1ave77

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    Afaik those systems are supposed to activate at net contact automatically.
     
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