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OS totally destroyed, lost serial, can't afford to rebuy

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    127.0.0.1
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    OS totally destroyed, lost serial, can't afford to rebuy


    Windows 8.1 update 1 not only failed for me, it did so in the worst possible way. My OS is now corrupt beyond any hope of repair. Making things worse, I lost my serials and I can't afford a new license. Windows is the only OS Ithat runs well on my PC.

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    San Jose - California
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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Did you create a recovery disk ? if so, try to perform a system restore.
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    127.0.0.1
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    No I did not.
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    Can you boot to the desktop?
    If you can, you can retrieve your license, with particular programs.
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    127.0.0.1
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    No but can I get it via a Linux boot somehow?
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    India
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    window 8.1 update 1 certainly makes system unstable pc also getting some insatiability after update
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    San Jose - California
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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Here's a link to down load the recovery disk:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bxg...it?usp=sharing
    Please download then use Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way then try to perform System Restore.

    EDIT: if System restore does not work, you night have to do a system refresh
    Last edited by topgundcp; 04 Jun 2014 at 13:12.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Windows 8 View Post
    No but can I get it via a Linux boot somehow?
    Download a Linux distro.. run it Live (no install) ..open terminal/konsole and type:

    sudo cat /sys/firmware/acpi/tables/MSDM.

    That will give you your OEM key.

    Alternatively.. you can backup your licence folder (SPP) from Linux, and replace that folder on a re-installation.

    Last edited by Superfly; 04 Jun 2014 at 13:02.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    If it's a factory OEM install your product code is embedded in the BIOS. You may not know what it is, but technically, you can't lose it, it will always be there.
    It looks like what Superfly posted should get it for you but I'll post this anyway. Product Key - Find for Windows 8
    If you can get your hands on an official unmodified Windows 8.0 ISO/DVD it should read the code automatically during the Windows install. My TechNet 8.0 ISO's read and use the 8.0 code in my laptops BIOS automatically without asking me to enter one.
    If you can score an 8.1 ISO you can skip having to install 8.0 and then update. You'll need your 8.0 OEM product code though to do this. Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.
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