Windows 8 key in bios


  • Hello.

    Ive been reading on and have a question..

    We have some Windows 8 (home edition) and is currently upgrading them to Windows Enterprise, to enter the domain.

    But in the article, some people are saying that when you enter the Enterprise License i accepts it.

    But it appears that Windows 8 is trying to load the key from the BIOS / UEFI (the home edition) - and then it says that Windows Enterprise is not genuine.

    Is there any solution for this?


    Thursday, December 06, 2012 9:39 AM


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  • Cannot upgrade from any home edition to Enterprise. You need volume license for Enterprise systems. For more information, please see:

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    Friday, December 07, 2012 8:05 AM
  • Hello.

    I think u misunderstod...

    When you reinstall windows 8 - and go from the "home edition" to Enterprise - windows is attempting to get a license key from the BIOS.

    Even that i entered a valid Enterprise key...


    Friday, December 07, 2012 8:27 AM
  • Hi,

    it's not valid to "upgrade" a home edition to enterprise - the Volume Licensing/Software Assurance is only permitted for Business/Professional editions of Windows. (refer to the VL agreement, product use rights, upgrade rights, etc)

    Also, Volume Licensing editions require/assume that the SLIC table in BIOS has been correctly populated by the OEM.
    (You can test for this using the MGAdiag tool, or on Windows8, use the licensingdiag.exe tool)

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    Friday, December 07, 2012 10:11 AM