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Stolen laptop has been recovered and formatted.

  1. #31


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

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  2. #32


    Posts : 24
    Windows 8


    Great, now i am able to boot using the USB thumb drive. Wll, alphanumeric is right, it does not need the uefi of the bios to be able to give the serial key. But now, the installation is telling me that the serial key does not match the installation software.

    I used the installation software before, but i used the option "repair computer". Now can someone help me on how can i install the windows 8 on my unit.

    The laptop is currently running the windows 8 pro with media somthing... which is unlicensed.
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  3. #33


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    According to my ASUS laptops owners manual in the BIOS in the "Boot" section: there is supposed to be a "UEFI Boot" option with enabled or disabled as choices. I don't actually see it though if I enter the BIOS? All I see is Fast Boot (enabled) and Enable CSM (disabled) options. There is a Secure Boot Control option in the Security section shown as enabled. The Restore Defaults option is in the Save & Exit section. On the right it lists F9: as optimized defaults. I guess you can't turn EUFI off on my laptop?
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  4. #34


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by kevsmilla View Post
    Great, now i am able to boot using the USB thumb drive. Wll, alphanumeric is right, it does not need the uefi of the bios to be able to give the serial key. But now, the installation is telling me that the serial key does not match the installation software.

    I used the installation software before, but i used the option "repair computer". Now can someone help me on how can i install the windows 8 on my unit.

    The laptop is currently running the windows 8 pro with media somthing... which is unlicensed.
    Are you trying to do a clean install or repair?

    My laptop currently has Windows 8 Pro with Media Center. On a clean install I go custom install and delete the system reserved and other windows partitions. Then I let Windows 8 create new ones. 8 core gets installed because that's what my embedded key is for. After that I go to add features and upgrade to 8 Pro with my TechNet key, then do it again and enter my Media center key.
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  5. #35


    Posts : 24
    Windows 8


    I would like to clean install it, because the current OS is Windows 8 pro and unlicensed. There is no other option than "Install". When i clicked the "Install" button it checks the serial key and messaged me "the key does not match ... blah blah blah . Please enter a new key."
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  6. #36


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


    Screenshot of ASUS F9 Default in post 22.

    I believe the Asus CSM is set to UEFI & Legacy by Default.


    The embedded key can only be used with a Microsoft official DVD/USB.
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  7. #37


    Posts : 24
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Screenshot of ASUS F9 Default in post 22.

    I believe the Asus CSM is set to UEFI & Legacy by Default.


    The embedded key can only be used with a Microsoft official DVD/USB.
    Yes it is set by default but the one who formatted the laptop changed it to legacy and secure boot is dissabled. I don't know how to change this since the settings under "advance startup" >> trouleshoot >> uefi firmware settings is now hidden and i can't find it anywhere. please see the attached photo on my main post.
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  8. #38


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    but the one who formatted the laptop changed it to legacy and secure boot is dissabled.
    He/She changed the HDD not the UEFI/BIOS firmware.
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  9. #39


    Posts : 24
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    He/She changed the HDD not the UEFI/BIOS firmware.
    Then how can i change the BIOS mode to UEFI from legacy mode?
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  10. #40


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by kevsmilla View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    He/She changed the HDD not the UEFI/BIOS firmware.
    Then how can i change the BIOS mode to UEFI from legacy mode?
    NO need.
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