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What windows 8 should I purchase for an embedded bios product key?

Posted on 2013-05-30
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I just purchased a laptop from Cowboom.com and it came without an OS.  The product key for windows 8 is embedded in the bios so that when I install windows 8 it will automaticly activate windows.  

So, my question is this: Can I install windows using windows system builder? Or should I purchase a different version of windows, and if so, what version?  

Cowboom directed me to Windows 8 Core- Windows.  Is this the same as windows system builder? I want to make sure that I purchase the correct windows 8 so i do not waste my money.  

Another question: will I be able use this same disk on future laptops with embedded pruduct key?
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If you've got an OEM system that's designed for a BIOS-locked install, you need the installation media from that OEM.   e.g. a Dell install disc will install on Dells, an HP disk on HPs, etc.   If you use a commercial (retail) product disc, you'll need to enter the key associated with that disc.

... and yes, the appropriate disc will install on any system from that OEM.
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So then what you are saying is that I need to order the recovery disk from Samsung (as this is a Samsung laptop)?
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Yes.    Or just buy a new copy of Windows.
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I contacted Samsung and they said they do not provide recovery disks and that I would need to contact Microsoft. So I contacted Microsoft tech and they said they did not know if windows system builder would work or not and that I should go to Microsoft website and download windows and see if that would work. After searching microsoft website, I got on chat line and the lady says that the only link they provide is the upgrade link. I know the upgrade doesn't work because I have tried that.

Do you where I could go to download a full version of windows 8 pro?
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Sounds like you simply need to buy a copy of Windows :-)
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I have decided to purchase a copy of windows 8 pro system builder and see if that works. I did find a free download of windows 8 pro for 90 day free trial and it installed fine, but for only 90 days.
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That will work fine.
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I am closing this out as I had to also order a charger and it will not come until next week.  I purchased a windows 8 system builder and am hoping that I can use this disk on future laptops that have the BIOS product key
Thanks for your help on this issue
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