07-17-2013 06:33 AM
I want to do a clean install of windows 8 on my Y500. While browsing through the forum I came across a solution wherein a clean install was advised through a RETAIL Win8 SL disk. That it will automatically recognise the pre-loaded key in BIOS.
But on other forums i found for issues as such to be clean installed using an OEM copy of the win8 (leaked ones) and that if Retail version is used , problems come with activation with the pre-loaded key.
1. So which version shall I use... A retail win8 64 bit sl disk or the OEM one?
2. can I use the win 8 pro x64 retail (or OEM version) ISO to install "win 8 single language" on my Y500?
07-17-2013 08:13 AM
OEM copy of Windows 8 varies from different PC makers
So to answers your questions
1) Use a Windows 8 Single License instead of OEM to clean install
2) It's not possible to install the Windows 8 SL using the Windows 8 pro retail disc. If you use the pro disc, it will install Windows 8 pro no matter what and you would need a separate key to activate it. However, you can modify the Windows pro installation disc to let it install as Windows 8 SL (core edition) and even set the channel to OEM or Retail by following this link: http://techmell.net/how-to/install-windows-8-without-product-key/
I don't know if this method will detect your BIOS windows 8 key, but I think it's the only way to use the Windows 8 pro disc (need to copy the data to a USB drive) to install Windows 8 SL.