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Installing Windows 8 Pro downloaded from Microsoft in a Toshiba notebook that came pre-installed with w8pro

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We have a TOSHIBA Satellite s855-5381 that came with Windows 8 Pro pre-install; no CDs came with the computer.  We have a new hard drive and need to reinstall Windows 8 Pro again.  We have various ISO and after installing a w8pro ISO the computer says “Windows 8” not “Windows 8 Professional”.  We need to it say Professional (our product keys are for w8pro).  If we cannot get the Windows 8 Pro OS from Toshiba, Microsoft offers free download of Windows 8 Pro.  

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Can we install the Microsoft download ISO of Windows 8 Pro? (since it's not from Toshiba)
Would we have problem using them to MS ISO?
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Question by:rayluvs
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You can install with any ISO. The reason for setup choosing the home version, is that embedded in the system's firmware, there seems to be a key for home, setup finds and uses that key without asking.
You would now either do an inplace upgrade to pro using the key you have or stop setup from using the embedded key by using an ISO that is modified so that it does not care for embedded keys.

That has been discussed zillions of times, please google for ei.cfg and iso.
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by:rayluvs
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Thank you very much!! That cleared up our doubt. We thought that the recovery was wrong version and the only time we did a recovery for the Toshiba was with these ISO.

 By what you are saying, means that we installed the correct version burned into ISO about a year ago.  When we installed it the notebook had that version; not the Pro.

So the next step should be installing Windows 8 Pro but as an upgrade?
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by:rayluvs
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Thanx! We decided to close the question because it was answered.  We will enter a new regarding upgrade.
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