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My PC comes with an OEM copy of Windows 8 (regular), but I only have a Windows 8 Professional DVD. Will Windows 8 automatically detect the edition associated with the product key in my BIOS and install Windows 8 (regular) instead of allowing me to enter the key for the Professional edition?

(I have an Asus Q200E Win 8 Core OEM laptop. I borrowed a Windows 8 Professional DVD from my friends, so naturally, I can’t use his product key.)

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It should work but there is no guarantee you really should use the ISO meant for Windows 8 Core. – Ramhound Nov 29 '12 at 0:49
@Ramhound my pc didn't come with one =( – user22105 Nov 29 '12 at 1:09
If your pc came with windows 8 then it has a recovery partition unless you deleted it. If you did then contact the brand and request one. Its unlikely your OEM key will be automatically picked up by a Windows 8 Pro media depending on what its actually use ( curious of the source ). – Ramhound Nov 29 '12 at 1:34
@Ramhound what do you mean curious of the source? – user22105 Nov 29 '12 at 2:14
No one can answer this question without knowing the make and model of the PC. Most PC's have the ability to make factory recovery discs. – Moab Nov 29 '12 at 3:49
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Copy the contents of the DVD onto a folder and then go to /sources and create a file called ei.cfg, and paste the following info in it.



Now make an ISO of the folder and burn it onto a DVD, now during installation, you will get a popup asking you to select the version, select Windows 8 Core and it must work

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