Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
  1.    16 Nov 2015 #1
    Join Date : Nov 2015
    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1

    Windows 10 serial on OEM


    Hello there,
    after posting in my tables forums, maybe it's time to post here, as it seems that the problem is more Windows related.

    So I have this Teclast X98 Air 3G tablet (Chinese brand) with Android Kitkat + Windows 8.1.
    As Lollipop and Windows 10 were released, Teclast decided that new tablets would have those new 2 OS but they released ISOs for flashing the oldest tablet.
    As it seemed that updating directly from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 would made the system laggy, they suggested to make a clean Windows 10 install (after flashing Android).
    Now my problem: I don't exactly know what version of Windows 8.1 was preinstalled on my tablet, but I suspect it was Windows 8.1 with bing (OEM).
    I extracted the serial number, and keeped it in a safe place. Now I try to install Windows 10 but it says that the serial is not correct. I can complete the install process, but then my windows 10 is not activated.
    So what to do? I have a genuine windows 8.1 (probably with bing) serial that cannot be used to activate Windows 10.

    Thanks in advance!
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  2.    16 Nov 2015 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2015
    Posts : 7
    Windows 10 x64, Windows 7 Ultimate x32 desktop

    Hi!
    My friend also has a similar tablet, dual, android and windows.
    But it's already win10, just not activated. I need to activate it online. Ok.

    I bet u need to install back win8, upgrade to win 10 first before doing a clean install.
    OR run gatherosstate.exe to generate a xml under win8. Use it for activation later after clean install of win10.

    Older version of my friend's tablet also ran on win8.
    Others may have better ways...
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  3.    16 Nov 2015 #3
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 3,808
    10 Pro

    You can check your key with ShowKey to check what version it is.

    As of the 1511 release of Windows 10 you should be able to activate directly using your key (for bing edition you would need to be running 10 Home not 10 Pro for the key to work I think).
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  4.    17 Nov 2015 #4
    Join Date : Nov 2015
    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1
    Thread Starter

    Ok first of all thanks for answers.
    Now please, let me understand better:

    I bet u need to install back win8, upgrade to win 10 first before doing a clean install.
    OR run gatherosstate.exe to generate a xml under win8. Use it for activation later after clean install of win10.
    I don't know what's gatherosstate.exe and how to use it, but the main problem in this answer is that I can't reinstall Win8. When I try to reinstall it (using the serial) it says that the serial is not correct either, probably because that serial is valid for Windows 8.1 with bing and I can't find a Windows 8.1 with bing ISO (at least is not downloadable from Microsoft). So what to do?

    As of the 1511 release of Windows 10 you should be able to activate directly using your key (for bing edition you would need to be running 10 Home not 10 Pro for the key to work I think).
    Where to find this release? What's the version downloadable with MSFT MediaCreationTool?

    Thansk again!
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  5.    17 Nov 2015 #5
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 3,808
    10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by CapitanCatarro View Post
    Where to find this release? What's the version downloadable with MSFT MediaCreationTool?
    Yes - Media Creation tool downloads an ISO containing Home and Pro and it will now give you the 1511 release.

    If given the choice install home (if it picks up your key it will just install home anyway without asking you).

    More details here Windows 10 ISO Download - Windows 10 Forums
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  6.    17 Nov 2015 #6
    Join Date : Nov 2015
    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1
    Thread Starter

    Yes - Media Creation tool downloads an ISO containing Home and Pro and it will now give you the 1511 release.
    Ok so I've already tried this method and it is not working, it says that the serial is not valid
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  7.    17 Nov 2015 #7
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 3,808
    10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by CapitanCatarro View Post
    Ok so I've already tried this method and it is not working, it says that the serial is not valid
    I'm a bit lost, sorry. What says the serial is invalid? Have you got 10 installed already and it is not activated? What version?

    What does showkey say about your key when you check it?

    If you are having problems getting the ISO from MCT you can try Tech Bench

    Sorry for all the questions - I understand you can't re-install 8 but I'm not sure where you are exactly at the moment...
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  8.    17 Nov 2015 #8
    Join Date : Nov 2015
    Posts : 10
    Windows 8.1
    Thread Starter

    So I'll summarize steps made...

    1. Saved serial number (taken with Belarc Advisory) from preinstalled (half chinese language) Windows 8.1 (don't know exactly the version, suspect Windows 8.1 with bing) on tablet
    2. Formatted tablet
    3. Tried to make a clean Windows 10 (HOME, HOME N and also PRO, everytime with the same result) install with ISO taken with MediaCreationTool, during install (and also after completing installation) it says that the saved serial is not valid
    4. Tried to reinstall Windows 8.1 (ISO taken with MediaCreationTool again) HOME, it says that the serial is not valid


    So i suspect that the saved serial, is from a WINDOWS 8.1 WITH BING OEM version and this kind of ISO is not accessible/downloadable anywhere (at least I can't find it, any suggestion?)

    Still not tried SHOWKEY with that serial, I am in office now, and the serial is saved on a usb pen at home, will try this evening.

    So I'm stucked but if everything is like I suspect, it's incredible. If I have a tablet/notebook/netbook with Windows 8 preinstalled, it seems that I can update to Windows 10 without problems, but if I want to make a clean Windows 10 install that serial is not valid...
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  9.    17 Nov 2015 #9
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 3,808
    10 Pro

    OK, got it. Post the ShowKey when you can. Perhaps you'll need single language - it would be best to check it before downloading something else though.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  10.    17 Nov 2015 #10
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 10,596
    Windows 10 IoT

    If you click on the listed product codes in show key it will XXX out most of it so your not posting your whole key. Do that first then take a screen shot. showkey should list the OEM embedded key and what specific version of Windows 8/8.1 its for. If it's the 'With Bing" version that's likely your issue. The MCT does not offer that version. I can't even get that version on MSDN. You need to go to the OEM for it. Or hunt it up on bit torrent, which is a bit risky.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

 
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast


Similar Threads
Thread Forum
PIC18F4550 based serial ports under Windows 10
Using VB6. These microprocessor based USB serial ports work on O/S prior to Win 10. MSCOMM32 fumbles along if your code is well wrapped in error handling. Moving to Win 10, MSCOMM32 doesn't recognize the port at all. Zip, nada. Code that used...
Drivers and Hardware
Clean install to downgrade, serial key question
I've installed Windows 10 and after a few days I want to rollback to Windows 8.1 Because I used a Media Creation Tool, apparently the files needed to do so have been wiped off my drive. I decided to do a clean install of Windows 8.1, but I'm...
Installation and Upgrade
Solved Licenses Serial Numbers are the same in desktop and Laptop!
I ran portable program Speccy (Piriform Speccy) to check my system temperature like cpu and hard drives etc.... I'm seeing operating system windows 10 serial numbers in my desktop and laptop showing exactly the same. Is it normal?... I had...
General Support
Solved Activation requested - Where can I get the serial nr
Hi there I forgot to note the serial number on download - I don't want to re-register and download again so anybody got it or can they post a link (Windows 10 tech preview - enterprise edition UK version 64 bit) Or can I just ignore the...
Installation and Upgrade
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 17:49.
Find Us
Twitter Facebook Google+ Ten Forums iOS App Ten Forums Android App



Windows 10 Forums