Installing Windows 8 Pro OEM on my laptop

Hello guys,

I have an HP notebook preloaded with Windows 8 OEM Single Language. I purchased this computer for business use and I need to make my computer join on my business domain. Due to obvious reasons, I purchased an OEM version of Windows 8 Pro while buying the laptop. I installed Windows 8 Pro OEM and had problems while installion due to BIOS injected Windows 8 key. I skipped it and installed Windows 8. After the installation, I tried to use my own key by using slmgr.vbs -ipk <key> and then slmgr.vbs -ato commands. Obviously, failed. Also tried activation by slui.exe 3 command too. Still not working. Any advices on how to install it? Windows 8 Pro OEM is not an upgrade kit btw.

Please help.

Try the following:

 

Press Windows key + X

Click System

Under Windows Edition, click the link:

 

Get more features with a new edition of Windows

Click the 'I already have a product key link'

Enter your product key and you will be upgraded to Pro

 

Best,
Andre
Windows Insider MVP
MVP-Windows and Devices for IT
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I'm having the same issue.  And when I enter the new product key it says the key won't work.

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I don't want to install by doing that. I'd like to install Windows 8 Pro by clean installation and wanna get rid of unnecessary built-in softwares.

Also, the key I've purchased is not an upgrade key. Are you %100 sure that it'll work just like that? Because to me, it's just upgrading.

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I strongly recommend you don't do that. If you must though try the following:

 

Boot from the Windows 8 DVD

Click Install Now

Accept License Agreement

When the option is displayed to select an installation type, click (Custom Advanced)

Click Drive Options

Select the drive/s click Delete

Click New

Click Apply

Click OK

Click Format and click Next to proceed with the installation

 

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Andre
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MVP-Windows and Devices for IT
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Past experience with HP computers suggests that the OEM Win8 cd could be keyed to both your physical hardware (motherboard/HP BIOS) and possibly also to the existing OEM operating system/software that was installed on it.  That prevents anyone from using the OEM upgrade/downgrade/whatever disk on any system other than the specific HP model(s) it was authorised for.

 

For instance HP recovery disks and many drivers won't install on an HP computer that has had the operating system replaced with a non-HP provided OS unless the harddrive is wiped clean first.

 

Some of that unnecessary software may contain part of the HP identification key which could be preventing your OEM install from completing if the key isn't detected.

 

 

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You sure this is gonna work? Because the product key is embedded on the motherboard, not the hdd.

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