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July 3, 2013 7:38:29 PM

Hi Guys,

Question- I looked around online and couldn't find anyone talking about this...

I'm about to build a rig for my friend and ship it to him, and I want to know how to set up the Windows 8 install so that when he turns it on for the first time, it goes through the user setup process at THAT time, rather than when I do the install onto the hard drive after it's built.

I want it to come on the same way as a brand new shelf-bought PC would. Like, it will turn on, post, BIOS, etc, then go into W8 and prompt him to set up Windows (user names, passwords, etc.).

Does anyone know how to do this? I thought it would be really cool for him to unpack it, turn it on, and it's like a commercially built PC. Thanks!!

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July 3, 2013 8:01:50 PM

I don't think there is a way to do that with the Microsoft disk that is for the public. It will always ask for minimum information or it will never proceed to the next tier install. Computer name, user name, password, administrator password, there is no "ask me later" option. Your customer can run the install disk, as it is easy, but of course it is better if you do it.
That is NOT to say it is impossible, the commercial disk might have a DEMO install mode. Microsoft support might have other ideas. As it is a procedure issue & not a license one. Good question & good luck.
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July 3, 2013 8:09:09 PM

ur6beersaway said:
I don't think there is a way to do that with the Microsoft disk that is for the public. It will always ask for minimum information or it will never proceed to the next tier install. Computer name, user name, password, administrator password, there is no "ask me later" option. Your customer can run the install disk, as it is easy, but of course it is better if you do it.
That is NOT to say it is impossible, the commercial disk might have a DEMO install mode. Microsoft support might have other ideas. Good question & good luck.


Well, shucks. Makes sense, though. I mean the OEM disc is literally the exact same disc as the retail version, isn't it? Just the license is different. Oh well. Thanks!

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July 3, 2013 8:17:06 PM

Neospiral said:
ur6beersaway said:
I don't think there is a way to do that with the Microsoft disk that is for the public. It will always ask for minimum information or it will never proceed to the next tier install. Computer name, user name, password, administrator password, there is no "ask me later" option. Your customer can run the install disk, as it is easy, but of course it is better if you do it.
That is NOT to say it is impossible, the commercial disk might have a DEMO install mode. Microsoft support might have other ideas. Good question & good luck.


Well, shucks. Makes sense, though. I mean the OEM disc is literally the exact same disc as the retail version, isn't it? Just the license is different. Oh well. Thanks!



Windows-8 (one license) Can be installed as many times as you would like, and on as many motherboards, HHDs, also BUT it can only be activated on ONE COMPUTER at any given time. You can change it back & fourth (turn one off & another one on) but it is a pain in the as*. They have eliminated the oem/retail crap with win-8.
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July 3, 2013 9:14:41 PM

Yes, I've read that. Thank goodness, too. I actually swapped mobos in my current build and when I reinstalled W8 I just had to call the automated system and type in approximately 8,460 numbers (that might be an exaggeration), and I switched the license from the old build to the new one.

It seems Microsoft is learning from Apple... albeit slowly.
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July 3, 2013 9:25:09 PM

More like 8,459..........Thank goodness, no more $100+ every time I want to upgrade "their" computer.
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