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HP Omni/Re-installation, licensing

  1. #1


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1

    HP Omni/Re-installation, licensing


    Hello,

    I recently got an HP Omni 10 tablet. It came pre-installed with Windows 8.1 (I think its the base/core edition), as well as Office Home and Student.

    Now, I am not much fond of manufacturer bloatware, so I would like to fresh install windows from scratch (Using a USB hub and mouse/keyboard during setup). The tablet came with a memory card, which doesn't have a Windows setup, but just re-images the system partition and applies the HP image. Assuming I have all the required drivers and I want to keep this all legal and use my existing licenses, my questions are

    1. Is the Windows Core edition ISO available anywhere? I am OK downloading from torrent sites, it won't be illegal as I am using my valid license.
    2. Will the Windows installer automatically get the product key from the EFI BIOS, or should I use a tool to get the Product key from registry? I don't see the product key mentioned anywhere on the Box or the tablet.
    3. Is the Office Home and Student ISO/ installer available anywhere? I have the key for this.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Question 1) Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help

    Question 2) Yes

    Question 3) https://officesetup.getmicrosoftkey.com/


    Now with that said, you may be setting yourself up for problems.. On some tablets with such small storage drives they use a different method of installation, then you are per posing..

    First, go into control panel, recovery, create recovery media.. This will allow you to do a Bare Metal Reset of the factory images..

    Second, after you create that media, browse through the files on that USB, you are looking for file name(s) - custom.wim - install.wim they may be in an *Images folder and you may find winre.wim in a *Recovery Folder

    If they are present, most likely your system is using Wimboot images and you'll be screwing yourself later - if you re-install windows yourself..

    I am not saying it is not possible to do, it is somewhat a process to do..

    Let us know what you find out..
    Last edited by KYHI; 07 Dec 2014 at 05:02.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    Question 1) Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help

    Question 2) Yes

    Question 3) https://officesetup.getmicrosoftkey.com/


    Now with that said, you may be setting yourself up for problems.. On some tablets with such small storage drives they use a different method of installation, then you are per posing..

    First, go into control panel, recovery, create recovery media.. This will allow you to do a Bare Metal Reset of the factory images..

    Second, after you create that media, browse through the files on that USB, you are looking for file name(s) - custom.wim - install.wim they may be in an *Images folder and you may find winre.wim in a *Recovery Folder

    If they are present, most likely your system is using Wimboot images and you'll be screwing yourself later - if you re-install windows yourself..

    I am not saying it is not possible to do, it is somewhat a process to do..

    Let us know what you find out..
    Thanks. That was immensely helpful.

    I am aware what WIMBoot is, no this tablet doesn't have it (around 20Gb used by windows installation on a clean install, WimBoot installations are only a few Gbs).

    I actually thought about it and found little to no merit doing a fresh windows installation. I might do some research and try to get Windows to do WIMBoot, though, however, forums are scarce on this information for the HP Omni 10.

    Thanks a tom for your help.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Dude it is easy to convent to wimboot - I even have a script to do so..

    here is MS Tech reference to Create WIMBoot Images
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  5. #5


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    Dude it is easy to convent to wimboot - I even have a script to do so..

    here is MS Tech reference to Create WIMBoot Images
    Thanks. I will go through the steps. Meanwhile, it seems I would need a powered USB hub, would buy one.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    I had to get one from dell for my tablet - because they use mini-usb
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