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Reinstalling windows 8 on laptop

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    windows 8

    Reinstalling windows 8 on laptop


    Hello guys,
    Im quite sure this has been posted before but i cant happen to find it, i have a newish samsung laptop that came preinstalled with windows 8 but i need to format the stock hard drive and i was wondering how i would reinstall full windows 8 without a product key. if anyone could help that would be amazing, thank you!

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  2. #2


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,304
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Shouldn't the full version simply over-write the OEM version ?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    windows 8


    i have no clue? so what are you saying, just use a normal iso and it will automatically active the full version? i know nothing about win 8
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  4. #4


    Welcome to EightForums zacktt.

    Is there not a recovery partition? You should be able to enter that using an Fn key at boot.
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  5. #5


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,304
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I'll relate my experience with installing.

    Whether installing an upgrade version or a full version I didn't have to do any formatting.

    I just put in the cd's & they overwrote what was already on my computer.

    I upgraded from Windows 8 to 8 Pro a while back.
    I just installed it & it worked fine.

    If you need to find your product key run the attached VBS script.
    Scan it first for viruses to be safe.
    Attached Files
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  6. #6


    Posts : 3
    windows 8


    Thank you, but i have different partitions as i also have different OS's will this reset all the partitions back to normal?
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  7. #7


    Try David's way first. I agree that you need the key and it's probably UEFI Bios also.
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  8. #8


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,304
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I don't know.

    I don't have a setup like yours.
    Only 8 Pro on C:\ drive

    Someone else will probably pitch in with suggestions before long.
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  9. #9


    There are "Kings and Queens" of installs on this forum of which will eventually answer, so hang in there.

    In the mean time please post a screenshot or snip of your partitions in Disk Management.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8





    You can use the Samsung version of
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    warning   Warning
    Deleting the Recovery Partition is NOT RECOMMENDED



    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    How to Order Recovery disc.
    Support - Laptops NP700Z7CH | Samsung PCs
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