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

#21ThescyyPosted 9/11/2013 1:57:43 PM
Have you looked under the compartments for the ram or hdd? Sometimes they hide the key on the inside of those. It really should be somewhere.
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#22DV8ingSourcesPosted 9/11/2013 2:00:52 PM
Thescyy posted...
It really should be somewhere.


If you read the topic, you'd know that those keys are not distributed that way anymore for windows 8. The key is placed into the uefi bios area. Any windows 8 basic/home or whatever version TC had should be able to be used automatically. Just need to get the right version and there shouldn't be a key prompt.
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#23ThescyyPosted 9/11/2013 2:03:45 PM(edited)
DV8ingSources posted...
Thescyy posted...
It really should be somewhere.


If you read the topic, you'd know that those keys are not distributed that way anymore for windows 8. The key is placed into the uefi bios area. Any windows 8 basic/home or whatever version TC had should be able to be used automatically. Just need to get the right version and there shouldn't be a key prompt.


I guess that's what I get for skimming the topic at work.

I also did not know that, good to know.
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#24Rolen47Posted 9/11/2013 2:19:47 PM
the_cajun88 posted...
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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?


It should work. The first thing I did when I bought a brand new Windows 8 laptop was reinstall Windows 8 with a clean Win8 ISO. It was the easiest way to get rid of the crapware that came preinstalled on it. Like someone previously said, the Win8 key is stored in the laptop's BIOs, you don't even have to enter it when you install Win8.
#25the_cajun88(Topic Creator)Posted 9/11/2013 7:18:13 PM
The good news is that I got the computer to work. I'm using it right now. A refresh THEN a reset did the trick.

The bad news is that it performs -very- slowly sometimes despite that it's not that old and has an i7 processor.

I don't know why it's this slow (it's slower than the HP I have sitting right next to it, and that one is about 4 years old), but I'll take this over it not being able to do anything at all.

Any guesses to why it's slow like this?
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#26WerdnAndreWPosted 9/11/2013 8:38:31 PM
Did you install all the drivers?
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#27the_cajun88(Topic Creator)Posted 9/11/2013 9:14:55 PM
WerdnAndreW posted...
Did you install all the drivers?


Doing that right now.
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#28ThescyyPosted 9/11/2013 9:18:02 PM
Same HDD? I have a feeling your HDD is failing which would explain the initially inability to access the OS.
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#29the_cajun88(Topic Creator)Posted 9/11/2013 9:21:01 PM
Thescyy posted...
Same HDD? I have a feeling your HDD is failing which would explain the initially inability to access the OS.


It's getting more and more stable as I continue to load the drivers.

I think it just needed to be reset.
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#30the_cajun88(Topic Creator)Posted 9/13/2013 6:07:51 PM
Possible stupid question: If I replace the hard drive on a laptop that has the OS preinstalled, can the computer find the product key or do I need ti reinstall the (or an) OS?
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