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Activate a Windows 8 Pro on An OEM Machine Originally wiht 8 Family

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Hello

I have a client who has a Laptop that came with the Windows 8 Family but we have to integrate this machine to the domain . So we had to reinstall Windows 8 pro but the system is not asking for activation key

I heard something like the key integrated in the bios . What should i do to successfully install windows 8
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Dos the install go through?  Is it already activated, then?
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Oops! :-(

Should read: Does the install go through to completion ?  Is it already activated, then?
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Yes

the system is already activated
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The re-install completed (?). System is activated. What is the problem, then?
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The problem is I want to move from Windows 8 family to 8 Pro

But the system keeps taking the key embedded in the bios . I want to know how to enter the new key that i have
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After you install pro and it's activated, what's the problem. You could always change the product key. But why?

[I must be missing some vital point here. :-(]
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by:adalli
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You need to edit the ei.cfg

this will put you on the right track:  http://superuser.com/questions/498436/install-windows-8-without-a-product-key



let me know if you need any help.
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If you're already activated and have a valid Key for Win 8 Family to Win 8 Pro you need to go to the Add Features menu.

See the first option here
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows-8/add-features-frequently-asked-questions
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Have we answered your question?
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I had to install Windows 8.1 to have the option to key in the Activation key
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