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Stolen laptop has been recovered and formatted.

  1. #21


    Posts : 24
    Windows 8


    having a bios password doesnot show more options (in my case) nothing has changed. i downloaded the iso here Windows 8 (x64) - DVD (English) (download torrent) - TPB

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  2. #22


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Reset the UEFI/BIOS firmware to DEFAULTS.

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  3. #23


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by kevsmilla View Post
    having a bios password doesnot show more options (in my case) nothing has changed. i downloaded the iso here Windows 8 (x64) - DVD (English) (download torrent) - TPB
    en_windows_8_x64_dvd_915440 is what I downloaded from TechNet and is what is listed in your torrent download. Assuming it hasn't been altered it should work. I used the Windows 7 DVD download tool to put it on a USB thumb drive and did my install from that. Its a lot faster than doing it from a DVD.
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  4. #24


    Posts : 24
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    en_windows_8_x64_dvd_915440 is what I downloaded from TechNet and is what is listed in your torrent download. Assuming it hasn't been altered it should work. I used the Windows 7 DVD download tool to put it on a USB thumb drive and did my install from that. Its a lot faster than doing it from a DVD.
    Yeah exactly what i am doing, but my bios settings hinders me from booting up with the use of the USB thumb drive. and with the current bios settings i am not sure if the serial key of the oem is still there and would be used if i install the windows 8. i'will try using the DVD process on installation and am hoping that it will work.
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  5. #25


    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    If Windows 8 was preinstalled at the factory the laptop will have an embedded key. Official unmodified install media will read that key and install the matching version. If it came with 8 core, 8 core will be installed and you won't be prompted to enter a product code. Windows will then activate online automatically the first chance it gets. I've done it on my laptop using my TechNet ISO.

    If you use one of those modified "all in one" ISO's all bets are off. It may ask you for a code, I don't know, I've never used one. You won't find your code on a COA sticker either. There isn't one if the PC has an embedded code. My laptop has an ASUS Windows 8 sticker on it but there is no product code listed, anywhere.
    Exactly how my new Acer works also. You have to get the UEFI/BIOS set back to UEFI boot and not legacy before the embedded key will work and Win 8 will re-install.
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  6. #26


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I don't think the BIOS settings will have any effect on whether the key is read or not. They may prevent you from installing correctly though. Windows 8 can be installed without UEFI. You'll want to use it if available but its not mandatory. I'd look for a "reset to fail safe defaults" option in the BIOS. If that doesn't work look for a "set to optimized defaults" option.
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  7. #27


    United States
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    I guess the point I was trying to make is for the embedded key to work and the copy once installed to show as activated and legal it has to be done from the UEFI side.
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  8. #28


    Posts : 24
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I don't think the BIOS settings will have any effect on whether the key is read or not. They may prevent you from installing correctly though. Windows 8 can be installed without UEFI. You'll want to use it if available but its not mandatory. I'd look for a "reset to fail safe defaults" option in the BIOS. If that doesn't work look for a "set to optimized defaults" option.
    i've done "set to optimized defaults" for the bios but nothing has changed. still can't add a boot device of a usb thumb drive. can't even have the option to choose the boot device. the boot device that is read is the main hdd and the dvd rom.
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  9. #29


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    I guess the point I was trying to make is for the embedded key to work and the copy once installed to show as activated and legal it has to be done from the UEFI side.
    I don't think that is true. The embedded key is hard coded into the motherboard, its not in the UEFI portion, one has nothing to do with the other. That's my understanding anyway. Activation isn't dependent on UEFI either.
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  10. #30


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    hitting f12 or f8 on bootup should bring up some boot options ,one would think
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