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Does Pre-Installed Windows 8 key work again?

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October 31, 2014 1:38:24 AM

Hello, I recently bought a new HDD because the old had some corrupted files and some of the areas stopped working. Since i have an Ultrabook laptop and can not insert CD, I have to download an Windows 8 ISO file and put on USB and install it from there. After installing the Windows from USB, my question is does the Pre-Installed key that came with my laptop still works? Are there any other ways? Please let know. Thank you very much.

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a b * Windows 8
October 31, 2014 1:39:43 AM

Is it the same version that was installed?
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October 31, 2014 1:41:36 AM

As long as you will install the same version that you had pre-installed on your laptop (Home Edition, Proffesional, Enterprise), you should be able to re-use it with no problems.
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October 31, 2014 1:45:08 AM

So I have to to install the same Windows ISO version(Home premium, Professional etc) and I am able to re-use the key ?
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October 31, 2014 1:46:47 AM

Yes!
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October 31, 2014 1:51:01 AM

Thank you. Last question i checked the key is not written either on the sticker or somewhere else. Where can i find the key? Thank you I really appreciate
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a b * Windows 8
October 31, 2014 1:51:46 AM

Well if its not embedded in the BIOS its not going to activate
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October 31, 2014 1:53:51 AM

Paul NZ said:
Well if its not embedded in the BIOS its not going to activate

Embedded? Sorry not a PC genius

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a b * Windows 8
October 31, 2014 1:56:41 AM

Depending on how old this is some keys are in the BIOS itself. Thats why you cant find it. If it is then it should pick up your install or something. And activate it if its the right key for the right version of Windows

But if it isnt well you cant activate it
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October 31, 2014 2:02:44 AM

Thank you very much. I will try it and let you guys know if it worked or not. Again thank you for your time.
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a b * Windows 8
October 31, 2014 2:03:36 AM

No probs
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October 31, 2014 2:04:13 AM

And the old hard is it a way to empty that drive? So I can use it as Backup Data
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a b * Windows 8
October 31, 2014 2:08:53 AM

Format it after you install windows
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October 31, 2014 2:26:17 AM

This is kind of hassle. You may need specific UEFi activated [SLiC] version of system, most of the times I end up with original media from the producer of notebook. SLiC activated system is pain in the ass.

I personally created back up media right away for all the clients that request a new notebook from me, 99% of time they buy 32 Gigs Corsair GTX [it's pricey, but it's worth the cash] and I back their initial installation to it. If it's not enough with their SW, I go for 64 gigs. Those "smarter" take the Acronis True Image - Image on their external drives, or pour it into the cloud.
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November 14, 2014 8:34:37 AM

thank you it worked i installed the iso but i didnt have to give the key. It was automativ activated. Thank you all who commented on this to help me.
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November 14, 2014 8:43:12 AM

It's called the SLiC activation. Your s/n is embeded in Your BiOS/UEFi in a place called software licensing description table. And some installators can read it directly from SLiC.
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