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I hate eight!

  1. #1


    Posts : 7
    Windows8/8.1

    I hate eight!


    I have seen two computers, one a Acer, the one right now is an HP whose boot has been screwed. The owners failed to make a recovery disk. No matter what Fkey I press I can not get to the recovery partition. Well the HP I am currently working on did drop into the recovery partition once. I choose to completely replace the OS, back to factory, it started and I went home fully expecting to have a workable PC when I got back. Well I was wrong, nothing changed. I tried booting from a 8.1 disk I downloaded from Microsoft. The repair option there failed me as well so I dropped to a command prompt and ran some bootrec repair options so now I get a "no boot disk has been detected" message. This SUCKS! If I cannot boot any windows 8, 8.1, even 7 I cannot run the utility to get the product key from the EUFI CMOS.

    I did read the system32/logfile/srt txt file after trying to repair it with the Microsoft 8.1 DVD. It had an error that I was using the wrong VERSION disk. How the hell do I know what VERSION I need?

    I HATE 8!

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  2. #2


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


    If you have the correct install media you don't need to know what the key is. All you need to know is, is it Core, Pro or Single Language. If the COA Sticker just says Windows 8 it's likely Core or Core Single Language. If it says Pro its Pro. My MSDN ISO's are multi edition, Core and Pro. On my laptop it reads out the OEM Core key and installs 8.1 automatically with no prompt for a key. If I use this media, Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help and install 8.1 same deal no prompt for a key. If I install 8.1 Pro though I get asked to enter a key. Your OEM installs are likely not Pro so it's 8.1 or 8.1 SL. If you can't boot into the current install you will just have to guess and try one. If you get prompted for a key you guessed wrong. The Media creation tool media will read and use Windows 8.0 keys and Windows 8.1 keys, even OEM embedded keys.
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    Posts : 7
    Windows8/8.1


    I've made 8.1 disks from Ms iso's for 8.1N, 8.1single language, and 8.1. None of these work on the HP. I've read there are versions with Bing are different. How do you know what version you need the the thing won't boot? There are no Certificate of Authentic sticker on windows 8. The link tells you to go to system information to determine 32 or 64a bit and to info to find out your windows version which does no good if you can't boot.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 7
    Windows8/8.1


    I can't run the vb script from a dos prompt in repair mode booted from a disk I am not sure is the same flavor of windows as HP installed. But thanks
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    My laptops have stickers on the bottom. They don't tell you much other than it's Windows 8 that's installed though. The "With Bing" version could be tricky to find. It's not listed on MSDN, not for me anyway. It sucks when you can't boot into Windows to do anything. Wish I had so other ideas but I don't at this time.
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  7. #7


    Hope this page helps Repair & recovery - Windows Help
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    Posts : 7
    Windows8/8.1


    Well the Asus laptop or the HP Pavillion has nothing on the sticker identifying which widows version they have but both are low budget machines.

    That last link is for windows 7 repair and does not help with this windows 8/uefi crap.
    Thanks all
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  9. #9


    Posts : 7
    Windows8/8.1


    I can boot a win 8 DVD and browse the recovery and os partitions from a dos prompt. Seems there might be a file that would indicate which version of windows it has installed.

    This all is horse crap! Why isn't there one disk for all versions of 8 and when you enter your product key in the appropriate one is installed.
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    Posts : 7
    Windows8/8.1


    Well another hp all in one desktop windows 8.1 w/bing came across my bench.
    This one could boot to windows. I burned two USB drives, one for me.
    Anywho the all in one USB drive successfully installed windows on the pavilion desktop.
    There seems no way to burn a DVD set like Microsoft's online ISO downloads.
    The Asus will have to wait for another Asus to come by.
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