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Acer-Aspire V3 laptop hard-drive died, no recovery disk

  1. #1

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    Windows 8

    Acer-Aspire V3 laptop hard-drive died, no recovery disk

    Soo, I own an Acer Aspire V3-771G-9456 laptop, before the crash it was running windows 8, which came preinstalled.

    The other day I had gotten a USB in order to make a recovery disk for my laptop. A few days before the hd corrupted and I had to completely reformat using its recovery partition, but then before I could make said recovery disk, the HD started 'buzzing' and needless to's dead now :[

    So I ordered an erecovery disk from Acer the other day, and purchased a decent looking SS hard-drive.

    I have the new hard-drive installed, but who knows when the recovery disk will arrive!!

    So here's where you geniuses come in:

    So I'd rather not wait for the disk to arrive as it might take up to 2 weeks!

    My brother informed me that I should be able to download windows 8 online and use the product key that's usually listed on the back of the laptop. However, there is no win 8 product key on the back :-/
    So I'm at a loss... his laptop has a windows product key, but mine doesn't? Is it located somewhere else that I'm not looking?
    I checked the bios but at first glance it didn't appear to be there, and that's as far as I've gotten.

    Any advice on how to get win 8 onto my system legally without any more purchases, so that I can be using my new SS-hd laptop preferably tonight?

    Also possibly useful info:
    • I own a student copy of Win7 (Ultimate?) upgrade that i'm not using, which I would be fine using on my laptop, but it is not a copy, it is the it requires a previous OS to be installed

    • I own a student copy of Windows Vista upgrade, that does not say it requires a previous OS to be installed. (I think the store sold me both so that I could have win7 at the time.
    • I've tried booting with both disks, the vista loads and then freezes after the loading bar hits completion, the win7 upgrade disk makes it a step further, taking me to a windows loading screen, and then freezes there!

    Ok go!
    p.s.: I will love you forever if you help me!! TY!

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  2. #2

    The Windows 8 key is embedded in the BIOS, there is no COA sticker.

    I believe you will have to wait for the recovery disk if you want Windows 8 as you will not be able to download a Windows 8 ISO without a retail key. Microsoft really screwed this up and has made no attempts to fix it.

    You can do a clean install of a Windows 7 upgrade disc, see here: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  3. #3

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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit

    Sorry, you will have to wait for the recovery disks. Only the recovery will retrieve your OEM key. Upgrade versions of Windows will not work as you do not a prior OS installed. You cannot download an ISO OEM version of Windows.
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  4. #4

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8

    Thanks for the input Ztrucker!
    Last edited by Viriality; 27 Aug 2014 at 18:21. Reason: no-longer in ranting mood
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  5. #5

    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,476
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit

    My TechNet ISO's will read and use the embedded OEM BIOS key on my ASUS laptop. When I run the 8.0 install it reads my BIOS key and installs the matching 8.0 Core automatically. I don't get prompted to enter a key and it automatically activates online with no issues. I do not believe there is a separate OEM and Retail ISO. My TechNet keys are listed as Retail and my ISO will use them and also can use the embedded OEM key. If I install 8.0 Core on my ASUS laptop I do not need to use any of my Microsoft keys. It activates just like it did from the factory. As a bonus all the boat ware is history as a result of my nice new clean install.

    If your laptop came with Windows 8.0 factory installed all you need is an 8.0 ISO/DVD. A Retail DVD should work. The only wrinkle is if your current install is the Single Language version, that's a special ISO that can be hard to find.
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  6. #6

    Posts : 879
    Windows 10

    If you want to install Windows 8.1 rather than Windows 8.

    How to clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8 product key?

    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I do not believe there is a separate OEM and Retail ISO.
    You are right.
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