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I bought recovery disk to reinstall windows 8 on my new hard drive, will I be able to find the product key in the installation

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September 7, 2015 11:25:27 AM

My hard drive died, I lost all files, but installed a new hard drive. I purchased windows 8 re installation recovery disks but it will ask me for the product key. Will I be able to retrieve it during the installation process? I have a dell laptop it is only 2 years old. The warranty just ran out and then the hard drive is wiped out for no reason. The same thing happened to my brother in law with his dell that we bought at the same time.My husbands hp laptop has the product key on the bottom of the computer. I don't want to buy a new version of windows 8. Please help me in a language I can understand. Please don't say it is hopeless. Dell is really disappointing me. Only hp computers for me from here on

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September 7, 2015 2:06:43 PM

I suggest neither HP or Dell, go with Acer or Asus. :) 

Anyways, to answer your question, does that dell laptop have the product key underneath the laptop like the other laptop you mentioned? If not then there isn't really much I can do. :( 
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September 7, 2015 5:06:33 PM

TechyInAZ said:
I suggest neither HP or Dell, go with Acer or Asus. :) 

Anyways, to answer your question, does that dell laptop have the product key underneath the laptop like the other laptop you mentioned? If not then there isn't really much I can do. :( 


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September 7, 2015 5:11:42 PM

No the dell doesn't have a key on the bottom. so I will have to buy windows 8? That is devastating news. Please, I know someone knows away around this,
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