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How to re-install Windows 8 from OEM version

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    How to re-install Windows 8 from OEM version


    I just purchased a Dell Inspiron 15R 5520 laptop with Windows 8 installed. I wish to re-partition (into C and D), format, and re-install Windows 8 so that I can eliminate all bloatware. In order to accomplish this how do I accomplish the following:
    1. Download and burn to DVD a copy of Windows 8
    2. Retrieve the proper product key from my laptop that will be accepted during the install of Windows 8

    I know for Windows 7 this process could be accomplished by retrieving the OEM product key (which is different than the key found on the COA sticker). With the OEM product key in hand you could then install and activate Windows 7. I wish to know how to do this with Windows 8 so I don't have to go purchase another Windows 8 even though my laptop came with a fully licensed copy. Thanks
    Pete

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    Welcome to EightForums.

    Did you order the Reinstall DVD with your Dell?

    1. Download and burn to DVD a copy of Windows 8
    You would need to buy one from MS or a Retailer.

    2. Retrieve the proper product key from my laptop that will be accepted during the install of Windows 8
    You do not need to, as coded in to the uEFI BIOS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Welcome to EightForums.

    Did you order the Reinstall DVD with your Dell?

    1. Download and burn to DVD a copy of Windows 8
    You would need to buy one from MS or a Retailer.

    2. Retrieve the proper product key from my laptop that will be accepted during the install of Windows 8
    You do not need to, as coded in to the uEFI BIOS.
    Thanks. I did not have the choice to order a DVD; I ordered it from Sam's Club. Could you elaborate on your response about the BIOS? I have seen a site where you can download Windows 8 such as here: but not sure how it works. It doesn't sound like it's designed for my situation.
    Pete
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    You would still buy the Product Key.

    How to use Dell Recovery Partition,make Recovery Disks & how to order Recovery Disks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    You would still buy the Product Key.

    How to use Dell Recovery Partition,make Recovery Disks & how to order Recovery Disks.

    Dell - Support
    Thanks. Don't understand this. Why would I be buying a product key? Doesn't the laptop come with one? BTW, I don't want recovery disks since that include all the bloatware as it comes from factory. I need a simple Windows 8 install disk.
    Pete
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Thanks. The way I understand it is that link is to download a copy of Windows 8 for someone who already has in hand a product key. My idea is that I have a product key which I should be able to extract from my new laptop. Since I've already purchased a Windows 8 license along with the laptop why shouldn't that work. Of course, I need to learn how to extract the product key from my laptop. The goal is to simply reinstall what I already own.
    Pete
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    You would need to buy a new Product Key first, for Windodws 8 Pro.

    Order a DVD from Dell.
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    Good news: I have just confirmed that I can order a free copy of a Windows 8 CD from Dell once I provide them with the Express Service Code from my laptop. There is no product key required since it's included in the BIOS (as mentioned by theog above). Fortunately, there is no need to buy a product key.

    The bad news is that I may have to revert back to Windows 7 since PGP has not been released for Windows 8
    Pete
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    You are welcome.

    As your new Dell PC has a uEFI BIOS:

    How to install with a uEFI BIOS:
    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
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