Solved Reinstalling Windows 8 with UFEI OEM Product Key...?

Hewlett-packard / Asterope
July 9, 2013 at 21:04:37
Specs: Windows 8 Pro 64-bit, 2.8GHz AMD A6-4400M/4GB 1333MHz
Generally pre installed operating systems contain UNMEASURABLE amounts of crapware. And when you remove them, hell breaks loose. Right now I'm dealing with a good dozen of problems that I feel could much more easily be dealt with the 'Nuke it' tatic. Only problem though, I'm not sure if I can.

The laptop came preinstalled with and runs Windows 8 Pro 64-bit. I have a Windows 8 Pro 64-bit (exactly same as one installed already on laptop) System Builders Disc that's product key has been used with a desktop (did not come with laptop, I bought it before I got the laptop for my desktop). My question is, could I use the disc I own to install Windows 8, then activate it with the product key inside the BIOS (UEFI)? Research online says that the product key is stored in the BIOS (UEFI) and the Windows Installer will automatically grab it from there and should activate fine with a phone call.

I know you guys are probably going to tell me to use recovery media, but it requires a 22GB+ flash drive or 6 DVDS... I only own two 16GB flash drives and I certainly don't want to waste my lightscribe discs, AND it comes with the bloatware...

NOTICE: I did infact do a lot of research, but I'm asking for extra confirmation before I do something that could leave me with an obnoxious paperweight.

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July 10, 2013 at 22:23:10
Since no one has been able to assure you that it would activate then you could try and image your disk, instal Windows 8 and try to activate it.

If it works then fine, if it does not then during the activation process you will be provided with a phone number to ring and discuss the problem. Normally the MS support is quite accommodating and will give you an alternative set of numbers to activate Windows.

If it does not work and MS do not want to come to the party (highly unlikely) then restore the image and you are back to square one.

I installed W8 on one laptop and within a day restored the old Windows, Windows Vista. Installed W8 on another laptop but it would not activate. Rang MS, discussed the situation and was provided with the magical numbers to activate Windows 8 on the second laptop.

Edit. After imaging your disk, you could try the procedure as outlined in the following link
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/...



#1
July 10, 2013 at 10:18:15
Why not use disk-imaging software and an external hard drive to create and save the disk-image on? Restoring your laptop from a disk-image would be much quicker than either a factory recovery or a fresh Windows install from the system builder's disc.

And you wouldn't have to deal with activation either when you restore from a disk-image.

Free disk-imaging software: http://www.freewaregenius.com/the-b...


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#2
July 10, 2013 at 17:21:20
Doesn't a disk-image restore a system exactly to when the image was created? I don't have a image of a fresh-install and need to rid my system of problems and whatnots.

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#3
July 10, 2013 at 18:12:57
I can tell you what I did on my kids' HP laptop when I bought it for her for college:

- the 1st thing I did was create the recovery DVDs (yes, 6 discs)
- then I wiped out the HP recovery partition & HP Tools partition. That left me with the hidden system partition, Windows partition, & unallocated space.
- I partitioned & formatted the unallocated space & named it "Storage", then reduced the size of the Windows partition & increased the size of the Storage partition. It was a 500GB HDD, so I allocated 200GB for Windows & the remainder for Storage.
- after that was done, I installed CCleaner-Slim & used it's uninstaller to remove all the crapware. I simply started at the top of the listed & picked my way thru to the bottom, uninstalling the unneeded crapware, trialware, & HP programs along the way.
- after that was complete, I rebooted, ran CCleaner to get rid of any leftovers & registry entries, then defragged the drive.
- when that was done, I installed my own programs (AV software, burning software, VLC player, MS Office, etc).

It's run problem free for over 2 years.


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#4
July 10, 2013 at 20:26:00
I think I need to restate my situation. This computer has been running for 3-4 months AFTER I removed the bloatware. Since I've removed bloatware and used it normally it has slowly been deteriorating. I know this isn't a hardware problem (or harddrive) as multiple chkdsks and other scans reveal no problem. It also runs fine when I boot Ubuntu (installed onto a flashdrive, not a live cd). But in Windows it's a disaster for whatever reason. I can't find ANY problems, malware, viruses, rootkits, anything. And Secure Boot is on. I also run Auslogics Disk Defrag and Clean Up daily with no avail. (this isn't a SSD, it's a HDD). I just want to know if I can reinstall Windows 8 with a System Builders disk activated with the UFEI product key stored. (Both being same edition of Windows-- Windows 8 Pro 64bit)

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July 10, 2013 at 22:23:10
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Since no one has been able to assure you that it would activate then you could try and image your disk, instal Windows 8 and try to activate it.

If it works then fine, if it does not then during the activation process you will be provided with a phone number to ring and discuss the problem. Normally the MS support is quite accommodating and will give you an alternative set of numbers to activate Windows.

If it does not work and MS do not want to come to the party (highly unlikely) then restore the image and you are back to square one.

I installed W8 on one laptop and within a day restored the old Windows, Windows Vista. Installed W8 on another laptop but it would not activate. Rang MS, discussed the situation and was provided with the magical numbers to activate Windows 8 on the second laptop.

Edit. After imaging your disk, you could try the procedure as outlined in the following link
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/...


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#6
July 11, 2013 at 06:59:09
I've created a full backup (onto an unused harddrive). I'll tell you guys how it goes when I finish :)

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