Solved New HD, How to install Win8 OEM, no Recovery.

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June 25, 2014 at 19:26:45
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate, i7-3770 /8GB DDR3 1333
HD died in the laptop, so had to buy a new one. I didn't make any Recovery Disc's and old HD cannot read from to copy the recovery partition over. The windows 8 key is embedded into the bios i believe. Can i download a windows 8 oem and will it look for the key in the bios when i install it?

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June 29, 2014 at 07:46:22
Don't waste your money. See the following, top of the center column:

http://www.gegeek.com/documents/3DC...



#1
June 25, 2014 at 20:36:00
The key for Windows is not embedded into BIOS. Windows automatically links the product key to the motherboard when Windows is installed, and that copy of Windows cannot be installed on another system. It does not, on the other hand, mean you can recover your product key based on motherboard alone. If you've lost your product key permanently, you pretty much just have to buy a new copy of Windows. If you contact Microsoft, they might give you a replacement key for less. You could also contact the manufacturer of the system, and they might have the product key on record.

CPU: AMD FX-8350 - 8 Core @ 4.0 GHz
RAM: 2x4 GB @ 1600 MHz
Mobo: MSI 970A-G43
PSU: Corsair CSX 600W
Graphics Card: Radeon 7870 GHz Edition - 2 GB GDDR5
OS: Windows 8.1


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#2
June 25, 2014 at 20:39:49
From what i have read, its different on Windows 8 preinstalled systems.

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#3
June 25, 2014 at 20:46:10
Just wondering, where exactly did you hear this?

CPU: AMD FX-8350 - 8 Core @ 4.0 GHz
RAM: 2x4 GB @ 1600 MHz
Mobo: MSI 970A-G43
PSU: Corsair CSX 600W
Graphics Card: Radeon 7870 GHz Edition - 2 GB GDDR5
OS: Windows 8.1


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#4
June 25, 2014 at 20:52:14
a number of forums i found mentioned this when searching for a OEM iso, but here's one site explaining it.

http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/...


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#5
June 25, 2014 at 21:09:01
Ah, sorry, didn't realize you were talking about Windows 8 (even though it's right there in the title...) I guess the 'Windows 7 Ultimate' under specs threw me off.

Here's a good article about the hard coding of product keys:

http://www.cnet.com/news/windows-8-...

In the article, it says you can't directly view the product key from BIOS.

What I would suggest you do is install Windows, just skip the activation process for now. Windows will work normally for 30 days. Then, install one of the programs suggested in the article, retrieve your product key, then activate Windows.

Again, I apologize for the confusion, it's midnight where I live and I'm getting kinda tired.

Good Luck!

CPU: AMD FX-8350 - 8 Core @ 4.0 GHz
RAM: 2x4 GB @ 1600 MHz
Mobo: MSI 970A-G43
PSU: Corsair CSX 600W
Graphics Card: Radeon 7870 GHz Edition - 2 GB GDDR5
OS: Windows 8.1


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#6
June 25, 2014 at 21:16:11
Thats ok. I'm gonna wait for data recovery on the HD first, see if they can make recovery dvds for me. If not I plan to try what you suggested.

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#7
June 26, 2014 at 11:40:48
Have you checked the support page for the laptop? Often you can order recovery disks.

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#8
June 26, 2014 at 23:48:35
Yeh I have, since the laptop is out of warranty, had to ring them. Then after some confusing discussions. My laptop is from US/Canada region, and I'm in Australia. And I had to pay for the recovery discs to be sent out from the US. Then was some issue, the guy said it may not work, as they no longer have recovery media for windows 8. Only 8.1.

I gave up, said will purchase a retail version if needed. Works out the same price as the recovery media. And I don't get all the bloatware.


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#9
June 29, 2014 at 07:46:22
✔ Best Answer
Don't waste your money. See the following, top of the center column:

http://www.gegeek.com/documents/3DC...


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#10
June 29, 2014 at 08:25:29
That is such a "nice" - useful - site... Let's hope it survives a long time; as sadly Digital River has gone...

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#11
June 29, 2014 at 15:22:15
Very nice site thanks riider

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#12
July 31, 2014 at 06:39:05
Thanks riider

A valuable resource


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