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Thread: Windows 8.1 not accepting OEM key, please help

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    Feb 2014

    Windows 8.1 not accepting OEM key, please help

    Hey guys, require an urgent attention. I am stuck with activating my Windows 8.1. I had formatted my pc and installed Windows 8.1 back. I got the oem version from a third party site. The version match with my pc. I did not get any cd for the same and windows was pre-installed. Due to virus issue I formatted and used the same OEM. But after that windows is unable to identify my license key.

    I want a bit help in fixing the issue. I had paid for the license and now it remains undetected.

  2. #2
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    Oct 2012

    Re: Windows 8.1 not accepting OEM key, please help

    Well there are chances that you are not using the exactly same version. OEM setup are different compared to what you do through a CD. Now here you have to call Microsoft and tell them about your issue. The customer support will guide you for the installation work.

    And then you can re-activate your windows back again. OEM based pc have the serial key stored in the bios and they are activated online automatically. If that fails then you can activate that through phone.

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    Re: Windows 8.1 not accepting OEM key, please help

    Whenever you buy a new pc with OEM windows in the same the first thing you must do is make a backup of entire system through a image tool.

    You can find ample of image tool that can help you to clone your entire hard drive. Through which you can restore the same instantly whenever needed and make your system as it was before.

    Or always use the factory restore option that comes in the system pre-configured.

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