I am building a PC with no DVD, and want to put 8.1 on it.
I read the instructions on the MS site about downloading a setup program and putting in a license key and creating a USB stick. These instructions only say that windows 8 keys wont work, they don't say anything about OEM keys not working.
I bought an OEM edition from amazon.de as that was the most popularly sold edition and I assumed it was the standard. The page on Amazon didn't say that the edition was not compatible with the USB stick method of installation. (And it turned out to be in German, and I wanted to install it in English).
Of course the Setup Stick creator did not accept the OEM key. I considered temporarily hooking up a DVD drive just to install, but read that it is not the pro edition and I would have to upgrade to pro to install the english language pack, and I didn't want that. I just want native english, and would prefer not to pay for the pro features I don't need.
I think I need to ask you guys what edition I need.
tldr: Three Questions:
Some sites also sell a cheapish DSP/SB edition which sounds similar to the OEM, but will it work with the USB Stick Setup creator thing?
Which is the cheapest license I can buy that will allow me to create a USB install stick?
Does it matter which language license I buy? Or can I buy any language windows license, and simply create an English USB install stick with it?
System Builderonly System Builder allowed a installation without a previous version of Windows already being installed.