?
Solved

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

Posted on 2013-05-30
8
Medium Priority
?
453 Views
Last Modified: 2013-06-07
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?
0
Comment
Question by:beemmer
  • 4
  • 4
8 Comments
 
LVL 70

Assisted Solution

by:Gary Case
Gary Case earned 2000 total points
ID: 39209973
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.
0
 

Author Comment

by:beemmer
ID: 39210684
So then what you are saying is that I need to order the recovery disk from Samsung (as this is a Samsung laptop)?
0
 
LVL 70

Expert Comment

by:Gary Case
ID: 39211062
Yes.    Or just buy a new copy of Windows.
0
Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

 

Author Comment

by:beemmer
ID: 39211965
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?
0
 
LVL 70

Expert Comment

by:Gary Case
ID: 39212078
Sounds like you simply need to buy a copy of Windows :-)
0
 

Author Comment

by:beemmer
ID: 39212285
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.
0
 
LVL 70

Accepted Solution

by:
Gary Case earned 2000 total points
ID: 39212465
That will work fine.
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:beemmer
ID: 39228716
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
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: ZipGrep

ZipGrep is a utility that can list and search zip (.war, .ear, .jar, etc) archives for text patterns, without the need to extract the archive's contents.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way to say thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This is an article on how to answer questions, earn points and become an expert.
MS Outlook undoubtedly is the most widely used email client.Its user-friendliness, cost effectiveness, and availability with Microsoft Office Suite make it the most popular email application.  Its compatibility with Microsoft applications like Exch…
This video Micro Tutorial explains how to clone a hard drive using a commercial software product for Windows systems called Casper from Future Systems Solutions (FSS). Cloning makes an exact, complete copy of one hard disk drive (HDD) onto another d…
The Task Scheduler is a powerful tool that is built into Windows. It allows you to schedule tasks (actions) on a recurring basis, such as hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, at log on, at startup, on idle, etc. This video Micro Tutorial is a brief intro…

621 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question