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ASUS Refresh/ Reset issue since upgrading from Windows 8.1

  1. #11


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Some laptops ship with the Single language version of Core.
    I tried the single language version too. Still no cigar.

    When did you run Belarc? I do believe that reads the key out of the registry. Depending on when you ran it that may not be the key stored in the BIOS.
    I ran Belarc right before this experiment. It gave me the 20 digit ID and a 25 digit product key which I tried..

    The strange thing is that it installed without problems on my VMware Player running on a Windows 7 host. It even gave me my settings from the MS account from my previous 8.1 system. And it's running great.

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  2. #12


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Some laptops ship with the Single language version of Core.
    I tried the single language version too. Still no cigar.

    When did you run Belarc? I do believe that reads the key out of the registry. Depending on when you ran it that may not be the key stored in the BIOS.
    I ran Belarc right before this experiment. It gave me the 20 digit ID and a 25 digit product key which I tried..

    The strange thing is that it installed without problems on my VMware Player running on a Windows 7 host. It even gave me my settings from the MS account from my previous 8.1 system. And it's running great.
    That's a head scratcher? It's not 8.0 Pro is it? My laptops both came with Core but I guess some do come with Pro. There are utilities (PID checker) that will tell you what version a key is for. I googled PID checker and got a bunch of online ones. Not something I would use, but I'm pretty sure somebody here linked to a downloadable offline version. I just can't remember who it was or what thread it was in. Wish I could be of more help.

    EDIT: option 5 here, Product Key - Find for Windows 8, should give you your OEM embedded key, if you want to double check that you have the correct key.

    Second EDIT: This has been posted a couple of times, The Ultimate PID Checker. I usually don't like to link to that site but others here posted it, and i'll let you decide if you want to use it.
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  3. #13


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Nah, it's not Pro. That was a $99 laptop of 11.6". The reason I wanted to reinstall 8.1 was because the one they put on there does not support RECIMG (which in itself is strange). It is also impossible to boot from USB - a really retarded BIOS. So I am a bit stuck for images.

    But it is only a toy that weighs 2 lbs. Since my wife has 'monopolized' my Asus T100 Transformer, that was supposed to be the replacement for travel.
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  4. #14


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    whs, windows 8 RT oem only software..
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  5. #15


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    and to the OP

    There are ways to recover the factory image, after the link to the recovery was broken by the 8.1 update..

    One method is to re-register the oem recovery partition which got bumped one partition back from 5 to 6

    or you can use the ASUS Tool > ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support-
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  6. #16


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    whs, windows 8 RT oem only software..
    Sounds like it might be Windows RT. That's a special image, I can't even get that on MSDN.
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  7. #17


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Nah, it's not Pro. That was a $99 laptop of 11.6". The reason I wanted to reinstall 8.1 was because the one they put on there does not support RECIMG (which in itself is strange). It is also impossible to boot from USB - a really retarded BIOS. So I am a bit stuck for images.

    But it is only a toy that weighs 2 lbs. Since my wife has 'monopolized' my Asus T100 Transformer, that was supposed to be the replacement for travel.
    ARM Processor maybe? If yes its Windows RT
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  8. #18


    Germany/Florida
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    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    whs, windows 8 RT oem only software..
    I don't think so. It's an X86 CPU.

    1.33 gigahertz Intel Atom Z3735F
    224 kilobyte primary memory cache
    1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
    64-bit ready
    Multi-core (4 total)
    Not hyper-threaded
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  9. #19


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Nah, it's not Pro. That was a $99 laptop of 11.6". The reason I wanted to reinstall 8.1 was because the one they put on there does not support RECIMG (which in itself is strange). It is also impossible to boot from USB - a really retarded BIOS. So I am a bit stuck for images.

    But it is only a toy that weighs 2 lbs. Since my wife has 'monopolized' my Asus T100 Transformer, that was supposed to be the replacement for travel.
    ARM Processor maybe? If yes its Windows RT
    Nah, this is the OS:

    Windows 8.1 (build 9600)
    Install Language: English (United States)
    System Locale: English (United States)
    Boot Mode: UEFI with successful Secure Boot
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  10. #20


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I might have found a solution from a posting that Chris (Callender) made. See this thread post #23ff.
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