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How would I do a clean install of Windows 8 when the product key isn't there?

#11the_cajun88(Topic Creator)Posted 9/10/2013 6:25:12 PM
StormKMD posted...
This isn't good...more than likely, you'll have to rebuy windows.


They have a Windows 8 Pro disc where I work. I'm just hoping I can use it to repair what I have without a new Product Key.

I don't mind paying for a new license to make this computer usable, though. It wasn't cheap.
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#12gastamanPosted 9/10/2013 6:41:38 PM
Seems like the HDD becoming locked can be somewhat of a common problem. There's some suggestions out there to try to unlock it, but I'm not sure what works, as I've never encountered this problem. Just do a search and try some of the suggestions. I would approach the problem by trying to first unlock the HDD, followed by performing a hard reset.

Search for something like "Windows 8 reset hard drive locked".
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#13wildog2006Posted 9/11/2013 10:02:04 AM
the_cajun88 posted...
StormKMD posted...
This isn't good...more than likely, you'll have to rebuy windows.


They have a Windows 8 Pro disc where I work. I'm just hoping I can use it to repair what I have without a new Product Key.

I don't mind paying for a new license to make this computer usable, though. It wasn't cheap.


or just completely ignore how to do it
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#14cancerstormPosted 9/11/2013 10:55:01 AM
isn't it locked to the mobo? you should be able to install win8 cleanly onto it without being prompted to putting in a key yourself. i bought a laptop a couple months ago, did a clean install of win8 and was never prompted for a key
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#15hondaguy0110Posted 9/11/2013 12:48:12 PM(edited)
cancerstorm posted...
isn't it locked to the mobo? you should be able to install win8 cleanly onto it without being prompted to putting in a key yourself. i bought a laptop a couple months ago, did a clean install of win8 and was never prompted for a key


I think this is correct ^. The believe the key is tied to the motherboard via UEFI.

EDIT:

OEM PCs that come with Windows 8 or Windows RT preinstalled stores and encrypts the product key in the uEFI or BIOS firmware chip now. The product key is no longer on the COA sticker to help prevent theft. Whenever you need to reset or reinstall the same Windows 8 on your OEM PC, the product key will automatically be applied and activated."

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/27129-product-key-find-windows-8-a.html
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#16SmakkyofacePosted 9/11/2013 12:51:39 PM
If its a laptop in UEFI windows automatically pulls the cd key from the hardware when you install it. Just boot your installation media and you wont have to enter a key it will go straight to installation options. But you have to make sure it's the same windows 8 version as the laptop came with which is usually windows 8 basic.
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#17Black_King945Posted 9/11/2013 1:00:31 PM
Yeah, I hate Windows 8 OEM with a burning passion because in their effort to make the install base more 'secure' they just made it harder to do any OS repairs.

The fact that you need your OS in full functioning order to access recovery options makes my skin break out in hives and causes me to verbally abuse inanimate computers.


Anywho, in my experience trying to use Windows 8 pro USB and disc copies to recover OEM systems, the pro version will still ask you for a key and will not pull it from the board, it is still worth a shot.

What brand PC is it? I would call their support line and politely demand a complimentary set of recovery discs under manufacturer warranty.
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#18Davel23Posted 9/11/2013 1:15:34 PM
wildog2006 posted...
the_cajun88 posted...
StormKMD posted...
This isn't good...more than likely, you'll have to rebuy windows.


They have a Windows 8 Pro disc where I work. I'm just hoping I can use it to repair what I have without a new Product Key.

I don't mind paying for a new license to make this computer usable, though. It wasn't cheap.


or just completely ignore how to do it


Kind of like how you ignored the part where he said he can't boot into Windows?
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#19the_cajun88(Topic Creator)Posted 9/11/2013 1:50:14 PM(edited)
http://i.imgur.com/OsfNzb5.jpg

If there is a "f*** it, let's start over from scratch" option that works, I would love to hear it.

Question: If I have a Windows 8.1 ISO on a disc or flash drive and boot from it, will that work?
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#20DV8ingSourcesPosted 9/11/2013 1:55:19 PM
Have you tried mashing f4 while the bios is booting? I think samsung uses f4 for its recovery software.
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