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How to install pre-Installed windows 8 key on new hard drive. Rebuilding a laptop and the mother board has a key. Not the HDD

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December 12, 2014 6:31:03 AM

I have a used computer with windows 8. Now as i do know the pre-installed windows 8 key is on the motherboard. Its connected with the hardware ID. I do not have the original hard drive, so i do not have the original recover partition or any of that. It will have a brand new hard drive. Now my question is is there anyway to have the preinstalled key automatically installed onto the new HDD. As i know you cannot use the pre-installed key to activate windows. I was going top see if i could download a recovery and boot it on the computer and see if that can automatically download the key for me. But I'm not sure if it will. I have a spare hard drive i was going to try it on to see if it works. If i does i will keep the drive. If it doesn't and nothing will work, I'm going to buy a hard drive with a preinstalled windows 8 on it to save some money.. Thanks! i can give any more info if needed

The computer I'm doing it on is an asus x55a, 4gb ram and i believe its an intel pentium. Im trying to spend as little as possible for it.and it came with windows 8.

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December 12, 2014 7:07:21 AM

I dont know the details on how a HDD key works. But I installed an SSD on my mom´s Laptop that had the Windows key worn off, using this software.
http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx
It copys the information on such a basic level the PC booted like nothing had changed. Might work on your case as well.
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December 12, 2014 9:08:46 AM

Your best bet is to contact Asus and get/buy whatever recovery set they have.

And you cannot buy a hard drive with Windows preinstalled. They don't come like that.
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December 12, 2014 9:49:10 AM

USAFRet said:
Your best bet is to contact Asus and get/buy whatever recovery set they have.

And you cannot buy a hard drive with Windows preinstalled. They don't come like that.


I would buy it off of ebay. I planned on buying a used asus hard drive with windows 8 already on it.
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December 12, 2014 9:56:08 AM

jamesbones626 said:
USAFRet said:
Your best bet is to contact Asus and get/buy whatever recovery set they have.

And you cannot buy a hard drive with Windows preinstalled. They don't come like that.


I would buy it off of ebay. I planned on buying a used asus hard drive with windows 8 already on it.


Sorry, but I don't see that as a good idea. You have no idea of the validity of the installed OS.
Up to you, though.

Also, it probably will not work. Taking an install done on one machine, and then moving to a whole different PC....often results in no boot.

No matter what the ebay guy says.
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December 12, 2014 10:04:12 AM

USAFRet said:
jamesbones626 said:
USAFRet said:
Your best bet is to contact Asus and get/buy whatever recovery set they have.

And you cannot buy a hard drive with Windows preinstalled. They don't come like that.


I would buy it off of ebay. I planned on buying a used asus hard drive with windows 8 already on it.


Sorry, but I don't see that as a good idea. You have no idea of the validity of the installed OS.
Up to you, though.

Also, it probably will not work. Taking an install done on one machine, and then moving to a whole different PC....often results in no boot.

No matter what the ebay guy says.


Thats a good point. I will have to see what happens. But i mean if it doesn't work i guess i could say it doesn't work and return it. I just really hope i don't have to buy a hard drive or windows 8. Thats just money i don't need to spend. I already have an extra 320gb hdd and windows 8 is already installed. But i do plan on getting a disk drive caddy for a hard drive and putting a 16gb SSD in that. I don't know if i should put the os on the ssd. Because i do want to use it for ready boost like i have on my desktop. But back to my point. I don't want to spend useless money. I plan on selling it and i won't make money if i have to buy windows 8 for 70 (student discount) and a hard drive for like 45. I already had to buy ram.
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December 12, 2014 10:07:28 AM

USAFRet said:
Your best bet is to contact Asus and get/buy whatever recovery set they have.

And you cannot buy a hard drive with Windows preinstalled. They don't come like that.


and i have contacted asus and microsoft and asus said i need to send it in for service so they can get the windows key from the hardware id. Which will cost me just as much as buying a new hard drive or windows 8. and i already have a hard drive. Microsoft said they can't do anything because they are no help. Even if i have the product id (not key) and i also had the pre-activated serial key and they can't do anything with either of that info. (this was for a different computer)
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December 12, 2014 10:11:24 AM

You're looking to sell this?

Just slap a blank hard drive in it and sell it as is. Let the new owner deal with the OS part.

Or put a Linux OS on it, just to verify the thing actually works.
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December 12, 2014 2:43:49 PM

USAFRet said:
You're looking to sell this?

Just slap a blank hard drive in it and sell it as is. Let the new owner deal with the OS part.

Or put a Linux OS on it, just to verify the thing actually works.


But then I'm not making as much as i would like. i would only be able to sell it for the same price i paid to fix it at that point. The OS is worth quite a bit. Even if its windows 7. Im trying to do this for free so i can have a fully working computer before i sell it. Id rather not spend the money but i will if i have to. I mean ill still make profit but not nearly as much as i would like if i have to buy an OS

I HAVE FINALLY FIGURED IT OUT BUT IT MAY NOT BE A SOLUTION FOR EVERYONE. Though my school (college) they give me a free subscription to dream spark which has access to many programs and such for students teachers and faculty. So i was able to "buy"/download windows 8 and 8.1 (and most any program for that matter) FOR FREE! AND THATS WITH A PRODUCT KEY. for free. So i downloaded windows 8 and 8.1 so i will have 2 product keys for windows! yeah its pretty sweet
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December 12, 2014 3:00:49 PM

jamesbones626 said:
USAFRet said:
You're looking to sell this?

Just slap a blank hard drive in it and sell it as is. Let the new owner deal with the OS part.

Or put a Linux OS on it, just to verify the thing actually works.


But then I'm not making as much as i would like. i would only be able to sell it for the same price i paid to fix it at that point. The OS is worth quite a bit. Even if its windows 7. Im trying to do this for free so i can have a fully working computer before i sell it. Id rather not spend the money but i will if i have to. I mean ill still make profit but not nearly as much as i would like if i have to buy an OS

I HAVE FINALLY FIGURED IT OUT BUT IT MAY NOT BE A SOLUTION FOR EVERYONE. Though my school (college) they give me a free subscription to dream spark which has access to many programs and such for students teachers and faculty. So i was able to "buy"/download windows 8 and 8.1 (and most any program for that matter) FOR FREE! AND THATS WITH A PRODUCT KEY. for free. So i downloaded windows 8 and 8.1 so i will have 2 product keys for windows! yeah its pretty sweet


You cannot sell that. Read the licensing agreement.
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December 12, 2014 3:03:03 PM

Specifically, from MS:
https://www.dreamspark.com/Institution/DS-EULA.aspx

3. DREAMSPARK SUBSCRIPTION RIGHTS.
b. Installation and Use Rights.
"The DreamSpark Subscription and software may not be shared, transferred, resold, assigned or used to develop or maintain your own administrative or IT systems."

(emphasis mine)
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December 12, 2014 3:06:25 PM

jamesbones626 said:


But then I'm not making as much as i would like. i would only be able to sell it for the same price i paid to fix it at that point.


Welcome to the world of PC repair.

Again...you cannot sell that DreamSpark license.
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December 12, 2014 3:22:01 PM

USAFRet said:
Specifically, from MS:
https://www.dreamspark.com/Institution/DS-EULA.aspx

3. DREAMSPARK SUBSCRIPTION RIGHTS.
b. Installation and Use Rights.
"The DreamSpark Subscription and software may not be shared, transferred, resold, assigned or used to develop or maintain your own administrative or IT systems."

(emphasis mine)


Son of a bitch...I actually tired looking for that in the agreement too! i couldn't find it because there was just so much there. Okay back to square one...I am still thinking what if i can get a recovery boot spacifically for my asus x55a. Do you think it would find the product key if i booted it from that recovery and did an install from there
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December 12, 2014 3:23:33 PM

USAFRet said:
jamesbones626 said:


But then I'm not making as much as i would like. i would only be able to sell it for the same price i paid to fix it at that point.


Welcome to the world of PC repair.

Again...you cannot sell that DreamSpark license.


Just curious, what would be the repercussions for selling it? and how would they find out if i did sell it?
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December 12, 2014 3:30:27 PM

jamesbones626 said:
USAFRet said:
jamesbones626 said:


But then I'm not making as much as i would like. i would only be able to sell it for the same price i paid to fix it at that point.


Welcome to the world of PC repair.

Again...you cannot sell that DreamSpark license.


Just curious, what would be the repercussions for selling it? and how would they find out if i did sell it?


Repercussions? Your buyer ends up with a deactivated install. They do actually track that stuff. That is one of the reasons the TechNet Subscription concept got axed.
People would obtain a TechNet sub for $250. Includes multiple keys of just about everything. Used for inhouse testing.
They would then sell those keys.

The same license key being used in Los Angeles, Latvia, London, and Long Island is not being used for 'in house testing'.
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December 12, 2014 3:31:32 PM

Your least expensive option is to obtain the actual recovery software from Asus. This brings it back to actual factory spec.
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December 12, 2014 3:32:59 PM

USAFRet said:
jamesbones626 said:
USAFRet said:
jamesbones626 said:


But then I'm not making as much as i would like. i would only be able to sell it for the same price i paid to fix it at that point.


Welcome to the world of PC repair.

Again...you cannot sell that DreamSpark license.


Well lets say this. I have a computer for my girlfirend that may or may not have a non genuine windows 8 because i may or may not have lost the key. Now what if i put it on her computer and let her have it?

Just curious, what would be the repercussions for selling it? and how would they find out if i did sell it?


Repercussions? Your buyer ends up with a deactivated install. They do actually track that stuff. That is one of the reasons the TechNet Subscription concept got axed.
People would obtain a TechNet sub for $250. Includes multiple keys of just about everything. Used for inhouse testing.
They would then sell those keys.

The same license key being used in Los Angeles, Latvia, London, and Long Island is not being used for 'in house testing'.

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December 12, 2014 3:47:12 PM

Quote:
Well lets say this. I have a computer for my girlfirend that may or may not have a non genuine windows 8 because i may or may not have lost the key. Now what if i put it on her computer and let her have it?


Well, lets say this:
"a. Access to the DreamSpark Subscription software.
Only those individuals specifically authorized under this agreement may access and use the software. "
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December 13, 2014 9:28:30 AM

USAFRet said:
Quote:
Well lets say this. I have a computer for my girlfirend that may or may not have a non genuine windows 8 because i may or may not have lost the key. Now what if i put it on her computer and let her have it?


Well, lets say this:
"a. Access to the DreamSpark Subscription software.
Only those individuals specifically authorized under this agreement may access and use the software. "


Alright. Well lets just say I'm not dealing with dreamspark. Would i be able to get the recovery from asus for free? Or maybe even online? I found a couple places that had the software but I'm not sure if its exactly what i need.
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December 13, 2014 9:31:48 AM

jamesbones626 said:
USAFRet said:
Quote:
Well lets say this. I have a computer for my girlfirend that may or may not have a non genuine windows 8 because i may or may not have lost the key. Now what if i put it on her computer and let her have it?


Well, lets say this:
"a. Access to the DreamSpark Subscription software.
Only those individuals specifically authorized under this agreement may access and use the software. "


Alright. Well lets just say I'm not dealing with dreamspark. Would i be able to get the recovery from asus for free? Or maybe even online? I found a couple places that had the software but I'm not sure if its exactly what i need.


Free? Probably not. Might be <$50, though. You'd have to ask them.
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December 13, 2014 10:53:55 AM

USAFRet said:
jamesbones626 said:
USAFRet said:
Quote:
Well lets say this. I have a computer for my girlfirend that may or may not have a non genuine windows 8 because i may or may not have lost the key. Now what if i put it on her computer and let her have it?


Well, lets say this:
"a. Access to the DreamSpark Subscription software.
Only those individuals specifically authorized under this agreement may access and use the software. "


Alright. Well lets just say I'm not dealing with dreamspark. Would i be able to get the recovery from asus for free? Or maybe even online? I found a couple places that had the software but I'm not sure if its exactly what i need.


Free? Probably not. Might be <$50, though. You'd have to ask them.


SO PRETTY SURE I HAVE THE ANSWER. But i still need to test it. I contacted asus, they do not offer recovery media for windows 8 at all. Since its imbedded in windows 8. So he told that as long as i install a clean version of windows 8 (from a disk or iso) the product key should automatically instal during the windows 8 install from the motherboard. He said the only way it wouldn't work is if i replaced the mother board because i even asked what if i got a new hard drive. He said that is fine. As long as the mother board is still the same. So i got the windows 8 and 8.1 iso from the dreamspark just so i have a clean installation (because ones from random websites are sketchy) and I'm using that to install and i will see if it works i will update this once i figure it out. But he said you shouldn't need a recovery portion.
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December 13, 2014 10:57:45 AM

jamesbones626 said:


SO PRETTY SURE I HAVE THE ANSWER. But i still need to test it. I contacted asus, they do not offer recovery media for windows 8 at all. Since its imbedded in windows 8. So he told that as long as i install a clean version of windows 8 (from a disk or iso) the product key should automatically instal during the windows 8 install from the motherboard. He said the only way it wouldn't work is if i replaced the mother board because i even asked what if i got a new hard drive. He said that is fine. As long as the mother board is still the same. So i got the windows 8 and 8.1 iso from the dreamspark just so i have a clean installation (because ones from random websites are sketchy) and I'm using that to install and i will see if it works i will update this once i figure it out. But he said you shouldn't need a recovery portion.


To me, that does not sound right. If I'm not mistaken, the OEM manufacturer is obligated to provide you some means of a reinstall. Generally a partition on the original HDD, and in there there should be a function to create your own DVD install media. If the drive dies, what is a user supposed to do?

But if that's what they said....
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December 13, 2014 11:05:22 AM

USAFRet said:
jamesbones626 said:


SO PRETTY SURE I HAVE THE ANSWER. But i still need to test it. I contacted asus, they do not offer recovery media for windows 8 at all. Since its imbedded in windows 8. So he told that as long as i install a clean version of windows 8 (from a disk or iso) the product key should automatically instal during the windows 8 install from the motherboard. He said the only way it wouldn't work is if i replaced the mother board because i even asked what if i got a new hard drive. He said that is fine. As long as the mother board is still the same. So i got the windows 8 and 8.1 iso from the dreamspark just so i have a clean installation (because ones from random websites are sketchy) and I'm using that to install and i will see if it works i will update this once i figure it out. But he said you shouldn't need a recovery portion.


To me, that does not sound right. If I'm not mistaken, the OEM manufacturer is obligated to provide you some means of a reinstall. Generally a partition on the original HDD, and in there there should be a function to create your own DVD install media. If the drive dies, what is a user supposed to do?

But if that's what they said....


Oh yeah you can do that too. i mean they told me they can give me a tool to make a recovery media. But the problem with that is, i may or may not have a valid serial number already so its just going to save that key and re use it and thats not the one i want. And if there were a virus or anything on your computer that recovery media might keep that in the restore file. Usually you would want to make that as soon as you get a new windows for future reference
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December 13, 2014 11:14:00 AM

USAFRet said:
jamesbones626 said:


SO PRETTY SURE I HAVE THE ANSWER. But i still need to test it. I contacted asus, they do not offer recovery media for windows 8 at all. Since its imbedded in windows 8. So he told that as long as i install a clean version of windows 8 (from a disk or iso) the product key should automatically instal during the windows 8 install from the motherboard. He said the only way it wouldn't work is if i replaced the mother board because i even asked what if i got a new hard drive. He said that is fine. As long as the mother board is still the same. So i got the windows 8 and 8.1 iso from the dreamspark just so i have a clean installation (because ones from random websites are sketchy) and I'm using that to install and i will see if it works i will update this once i figure it out. But he said you shouldn't need a recovery portion.


To me, that does not sound right. If I'm not mistaken, the OEM manufacturer is obligated to provide you some means of a reinstall. Generally a partition on the original HDD, and in there there should be a function to create your own DVD install media. If the drive dies, what is a user supposed to do?

But if that's what they said....


So I've got an issue. when i try to instal windows8. It asks me for a product key. Now how am i supposed to get past this step if it makes me enter one... Its supposed to activate it automatically but thats only farther in the process. Ive tried entering a couple generic keys but nothing works.
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December 13, 2014 11:27:44 AM

jamesbones626 said:


So I've got an issue. when i try to instal windows8. It asks me for a product key. Now how am i supposed to get past this step if it makes me enter one... Its supposed to activate it automatically but thats only farther in the process. Ive tried entering a couple generic keys but nothing works.


Exactly. The Asus guy was wrong, as suspected.
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a c 1349 * Windows 8
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December 13, 2014 11:30:13 AM

I think you're just going to have to suck it up, buy a regular OS for it, and take a $0 profit on this one.
Or sell it without, and make 'a little'.

Welcome to the world of PC repair.
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December 13, 2014 12:36:48 PM

USAFRet said:
I think you're just going to have to suck it up, buy a regular OS for it, and take a $0 profit on this one.
Or sell it without, and make 'a little'.

Welcome to the world of PC repair.


Well actually i have two asus computers I'm working on. Im waiting on ram for one. But the other is for my gf for christmas and id rather not have to put a non genuine version. But i contacted them again, and i guess you could say i just didn't get all the info. You HAVE to have an OEM VERISON of windows download to use the preinstalled key. You cannot use a retail version. So my version from dreamspark is not oem its retail so it won't work. I don't know if its possible to find an oem install. but I've been researching and i found that using the dreamspark download won't work because theres more than one install on there. I read that if you use a retail activation most likely from the media creation tool from microsoft. and use that to download, then it will find your windows oem key. There were 2 people on that thread that said it worked for them so now I'm trying.
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December 13, 2014 1:12:43 PM

Right. An OEM license will not work with a non-OEM install.

There are various tools to discover a Windows 7 or before license, OEM or otherwise.
Belarc Advisor.

That also works on non-OEM Windows 8.

A PC with preinstalled Windows 8...the license key exists in the motherboard. You must use an OEM install. Almost certainly from the original manufacturer.
That's why they give you the option of creating a DVD set when you first turn it on. If the hard drive dies, use that. Or buy a new DVD set from them.

With a used PC? Who knows...You have no idea what the previous owner has in there, or the owner before him.
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December 13, 2014 1:31:46 PM

USAFRet said:
Right. An OEM license will not work with a non-OEM install.

There are various tools to discover a Windows 7 or before license, OEM or otherwise.
Belarc Advisor.

That also works on non-OEM Windows 8.

A PC with preinstalled Windows 8...the license key exists in the motherboard. You must use an OEM install. Almost certainly from the original manufacturer.
That's why they give you the option of creating a DVD set when you first turn it on. If the hard drive dies, use that. Or buy a new DVD set from them.

With a used PC? Who knows...You have no idea what the previous owner has in there, or the owner before him.


Yeah the recovery was gone off of it and asus does not have a recovery that you can get or buy. They just have a tool for you to makes one. So pretty much if your computer dies and you didn't make one your screwed. So from my point, I'm never buying from asus again. They were no help. Thats why i like my mac better. I do like pcs but Apple support is so much more helpful. Ive had so many problem with my computer and they didn't even charge me to walk me through fixing it. and all of their operation systems are free! except mavericks that was like 30 dollars which isn't a big deal. You never have problems with this shit. Microsoft is just there to make more and more money. They can't even give you an oem install or a new serial key. You can literally have every little big of info you could possibly need except your product key and they can't give you a new one. I feel like having a product id and other info is proof that you have windows 8 already. just because someone makes a mistake, they have to spend a butt load of money on a new operatng system. I might as well just sell this computer for 70 dollars less and then buy a new better one thats not all ****** up. for 70 dollars more instead of paying 70 for a operation system. thats like a 3rd of the price of a new laptop
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December 13, 2014 1:36:12 PM

This what happens when you obtain a used PC of unknown heritage.
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December 13, 2014 3:28:14 PM

USAFRet said:
This what happens when you obtain a used PC of unknown heritage.


Well to be honest i messed it all up. I didn't make a restore file before doing a format. the restore file would save the product key when doing a restore. But anyway! I may have a solution. Its pretty long and its weird and complex. But it may work! i am testing it right now and so far its working (knock on wood). it involves taking a windows 8 (or 8.1) instal iso and making a file thats a cfg and you put text in it to make it think its a retail or oem install. and it makes it so theres a skip button for a product key. now my threory is that if it thinks its an oem key then it will find the product key. If that doesn't work. I plan on installing it with no product key. Then after that i can use a program like magic jellybean or rweverything to find the original oem key. Because if you install it with a generic id those programs only find that generic one. If there is no key installed on windows 8 then it will find you original key (hopefully) Then you can use the command prompt to bring up a screen that asks you for your oem key (not your retail key) and activates your computer. Now some of this is theory. Some of it is proven to work. The concept of it is really mine but the process inside of it actually work. Now if it does work, i will put up my process for other people. If it doesn't well. This is the last thing i will be able to try.
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December 15, 2014 12:20:51 PM

With pre-installed systems, because windows decided to put the key incrypted into the BIOS. You should'nt need anything but to create a usb from the windows website http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/create-res...
The installation process should see the key in the Bios and load it automatically. But there is a problem, if your computer came with WINDOWS 8 and not 8.1 then you need a work around, because the key codes for 8 and 8.1 are different. So you need the create installation media for windows 8 and then you upgrade to 8.1. With preinstalled computers from factory you should never need to buy anything. http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkID=317630 thats is the download of windows 8. But I guess you cant use that one for OEM or a preinstalled system. From what i gather is that if you creat a recovery key from the online microsoft wiki they have fixed the issue of not being able to install 8.1 onto a 8 OEM computer. Or you could create a USB recovery drive from another 8.1 or 8 OEM preinstalled computer and use it on the computer with the new drive. Here is the web site that says that this can be done. http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wiki/windows...
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December 15, 2014 1:08:12 PM

teslaedisonwar1880 said:
With pre-installed systems, because windows decided to put the key incrypted into the BIOS. You should'nt need anything but to create a usb from the windows website http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/create-res...
The installation process should see the key in the Bios and load it automatically. But there is a problem, if your computer came with WINDOWS 8 and not 8.1 then you need a work around, because the key codes for 8 and 8.1 are different. So you need the create installation media for windows 8 and then you upgrade to 8.1. With preinstalled computers from factory you should never need to buy anything. http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkID=317630 thats is the download of windows 8. But I guess you cant use that one for OEM or a preinstalled system. From what i gather is that if you creat a recovery key from the online microsoft wiki they have fixed the issue of not being able to install 8.1 onto a 8 OEM computer. Or you could create a USB recovery drive from another 8.1 or 8 OEM preinstalled computer and use it on the computer with the new drive. Here is the web site that says that this can be done. http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wiki/windows...


I appreciate the answer but i have literally tired everything. I have even gone into the install files and made a file that is supposed to make the instal find the OEM key. I installed windows 8 over 10 times and i even tried 8.1. every single time it never found the preinstalled key. it always asked me for a key when installing. Ive done so much research i can't even explain. I have not found a single option. I contacted both asus and microsoft. They said that in order to use the oem key, you have to have a oem instal of windows. Which is impossible to find, asus nor microsoft gives it out. because if you use a retail download its looking for a retail key not a oem key.
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December 15, 2014 1:11:43 PM

teslaedisonwar1880 said:
With pre-installed systems, because windows decided to put the key incrypted into the BIOS. You should'nt need anything but to create a usb from the windows website http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/create-res...
The installation process should see the key in the Bios and load it automatically. But there is a problem, if your computer came with WINDOWS 8 and not 8.1 then you need a work around, because the key codes for 8 and 8.1 are different. So you need the create installation media for windows 8 and then you upgrade to 8.1. With preinstalled computers from factory you should never need to buy anything. http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkID=317630 thats is the download of windows 8. But I guess you cant use that one for OEM or a preinstalled system. From what i gather is that if you creat a recovery key from the online microsoft wiki they have fixed the issue of not being able to install 8.1 onto a 8 OEM computer. Or you could create a USB recovery drive from another 8.1 or 8 OEM preinstalled computer and use it on the computer with the new drive. Here is the web site that says that this can be done. http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wiki/windows...


part of that says if you have preinstalled windows during the process there will be an option to click for copying the recovery drive. The problem with that, is i dont have a recovery for either of the computers. So it will just be copying windows 8 and i really dont think it will keep my system key.
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May 5, 2015 12:19:06 AM

jamesbones626 said:
I have a used computer with windows 8. Now as i do know the pre-installed windows 8 key is on the motherboard. Its connected with the hardware ID. I do not have the original hard drive, so i do not have the original recover partition or any of that. It will have a brand new hard drive. Now my question is is there anyway to have the preinstalled key automatically installed onto the new HDD. As i know you cannot use the pre-installed key to activate windows. I was going top see if i could download a recovery and boot it on the computer and see if that can automatically download the key for me. But I'm not sure if it will. I have a spare hard drive i was going to try it on to see if it works. If i does i will keep the drive. If it doesn't and nothing will work, I'm going to buy a hard drive with a preinstalled windows 8 on it to save some money.. Thanks! i can give any more info if needed

The computer I'm doing it on is an asus x55a, 4gb ram and i believe its an intel pentium. Im trying to spend as little as possible for it.and it came with windows 8.


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May 5, 2015 12:21:35 AM

Mate. Look at what version windows you have. Use software to get the key out of the bios. Then download the iso (retail is fine). Add the key -- now here is the thing.. It will always say 'Go to PC settings to activate windows'. Just ignore it... It is a trick. You never need to activate it.... Pay attention!! you may get messages reminding you, etc. But seriously, for what it is worth. Just leave it. It makes no difference.

It is trick from Microsoft and the laptop manufacturer as they know how difficult it is to do this process, and they want you to buy another key!

Here is the link to get the iso:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-AU/windows-8/create-res...

You may need to set up your bios on your laptop to boot off the usb.
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May 5, 2015 3:32:00 PM

Go to this link, download the iso (any windows 8 or 8.1 iso will do.(Note: If it came with windows 8.1 then you can't use windows 8 iso. It will ask for a key. skip it. Install it and go to store, update to windows 8.1 and then click on activate windows in settings. It will activate it))
Preferably, don't write straight to the USB (use the download iso option), it will write in MBR style. Take a USB drive and format it in GUID. And then extract the iso on the drive. You don't need any extraction tool.
It will detect the key and install windows. You can use any SSD or HDD
Download the mediacreationtool.exe app.

Remember to enable UEFI mode on your laptop. IF it doesn't work find if there is an option for UEFI ONLY. Also if you have written in MBR style USB boot drive, It wont allow you to select you HDD. In that cse, convert your boot drive to GUID and try again. The same is true in reverse case.

The detection is very robust and if it doesn't work repeat the step 2-3 times. If it doesn't work still it must be that the device came with windows 7 not 8 or it was not an OEM install. In this case, you cant recover the key. You can use windows 10 Technical Preview or try Linux distros.

Your milage may vary, but from what i have seen it works best when you have GUID drive and UEFI ONLY mode enabled. Remember to create UEFI compatible boot drive. Try this tool if it fails. If it returns OEM key, Your device has OEM key preinstalled and you can use that.
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September 10, 2015 4:41:56 AM

jamesbones626 said:
I have a used computer with windows 8. Now as i do know the pre-installed windows 8 key is on the motherboard. Its connected with the hardware ID. I do not have the original hard drive, so i do not have the original recover partition or any of that. It will have a brand new hard drive. Now my question is is there anyway to have the preinstalled key automatically installed onto the new HDD. As i know you cannot use the pre-installed key to activate windows. I was going top see if i could download a recovery and boot it on the computer and see if that can automatically download the key for me. But I'm not sure if it will. I have a spare hard drive i was going to try it on to see if it works. If i does i will keep the drive. If it doesn't and nothing will work, I'm going to buy a hard drive with a preinstalled windows 8 on it to save some money.. Thanks! i can give any more info if needed

The computer I'm doing it on is an asus x55a, 4gb ram and i believe its an intel pentium. Im trying to spend as little as possible for it.and it came with windows 8.







okay so check this out, i had microsoft and ASUS on live chat at same time as one told me to talk to the other, i told them i would have probably be able to resolve this whole problem by purchasing Linux and cabaaaammm they send me the fix program that ASUS had told me they didn't have.... Note that is one of the first things ASUS said was that they had no recovery media

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Full Name: Kevin
E-mail:
Phone:
Existing Case# or RMA#:
Serial Number or Model Name: Asus v550ca
Product Type: Notebook
Reason for your chat: windows 8
Chat Server Server 2



Tamara M. Thu, 09/10/15 06:26:41 am America/Indianapolis

Hello Kevin , thank you for contacting ASUS support. Please give me a few moments to review your information. I will be with you shortly.




Kevin 06:27:20 am

I have having problems with reinstalling windows 8 to this system




Tamara M. 06:28:02 am

Hi Ken how are you dojng today?




Kevin 06:28:24 am

i have the product key and the oem key, i am online live chat with Microsoft right now and they are telling me you have the installation disk
i'm good




Tamara M. 06:29:51 am

I do apologize, Kevin, we do not have recovery Media for Windows 8.




Kevin 06:30:12 am

OEM is XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-AAOEM
so this computer is useless unless i buy a new version of windows again?




Tamara M. 06:31:26 am

You may also send the unit in for servicing.




Kevin 06:31:44 am

and cost how much?




Tamara M. 06:31:51 am

May I have the following information about your product please? Serial Number: Operating System: Country:




Kevin 06:32:43 am

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Windows 8
United States




Tamara M. 06:33:24 am

Thank you for that information.
When was the unit purchased?




Kevin 06:34:01 am

I'm not sure
most likely the warranty has ended i'm sure
6/4/2013 maybe




Tamara M. 06:34:54 am

Yes, I do see that the unit is ot of warranty.




Kevin 06:35:17 am

so cost is as much as purchasing a new version of Windows




Tamara M. 06:36:32 am

The estimate service cost for this problem is $195.00 (USD). Shipping and labour is included in this cost. Please note that the actual service cost could be higher than calculated. This estimate is an average only. The unit can be sent into ASUS and the problem assessed by our technicians. The examination is at absolutely no cost to you. After our technicians’ assessment, you will be contacted by an ASUS representative regarding the actual cost of the servicing.
Please be advised this is just a flat rate.




Kevin 06:37:21 am

LOL funny, I can get Windows 10 from microsoft cheaper then that, amazing how this works




Tamara M. 06:37:30 am

Kevin, I do apologize our systems are currently undergoing upgrades to serve you better. I am unable to provide you with a case number or a RMA number.
I do apologize for the inconvenience caused.
Did you have any other questions for me today?




Kevin 06:38:10 am

should i purchase Linux from now on?





Tamara M. 06:38:33 am

I am sorry you feel that way, Kevin.
I am a Windows fan.




Kevin 06:39:45 am

after updating to 8.1 and can't go back to 8 cause of virus and have to repurchase version of windows to fix or spend 200 for Asus to fix, i'm not so much a fan anymore of Windows




Tamara M. 06:39:58 am

There is a software that can help with this issue.




Kevin 06:40:51 am

would have got it with Linux to begin with to have to purchase yet another software, thanks for your help but I should have just listened to my friend about linux in the first place, have a great day




Tamara M. 06:41:00 am
http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/nb/Apps/ASUSRecovery_V...
Here's the link: Please copy and paste the link above to download driver. If you are using Google Chrome browser, the file will be downloaded automatically. If you're using Internet Explorer, you will be prompted to “Open" or "Save" the file, you may save the file to your desktop.
Step 1: Open the file downloaded and look for the “Setup” file, the file type should be an “Application”. Step 2: Double click on the “Setup” file to run the application. Step 3: Once installation has been completed, restart the system.
This is assist in recovery of the recovery partition, so that you are able to Reset the unit.
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okay so check this out, i had microsoft and ASUS on live chat at same time as one told me to talk to the other, i told them i would have probably be able to resolve this whole problem by purchasing Linux and cabaaaammm they send me the fix program that ASUS had told me they didn't have....NOTE : that is one of the first things they told me.... Make sure you write down your OEM Key and the Actual Key by using Belarc Advisor

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September 10, 2015 4:56:56 AM

Please don't dig up old threads. Your solution may or may not actually fix their problem - it may only work on some types of PC, for example.
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