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CLEAN install Win 8 on OEM system w/ NO COA lable - SOLVED

  1. #11


    LordX, sorry to have sounded so negative. I was not thinking of a newer system with the key in the BIOS/UEFI, but older system that you wanted to upgrade to Windows 8 without a key or COA sticker.

    I tried RWeverything and on my old Intel P4 which does not have a MSDM entry under ACPI. It sure does pull a lot of data though.

    Can you post an example of what the ACPI/MSDM window looks like (blotting out the actual key of course)?

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  2. #12


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    Sure - here is the screen shot from the PC that I am using:

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  3. #13


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    Now - on another forum where I posted this - I got some people saying that their Windows 8 disk required them to put in a key BEFORE it would even install.

    So in the case of a failed hard drive - the solution I found for them was to install windows seven (with no key entered) then use rweverything to find the key - then insert windows 8 dvd and install windows 8 with the key they found.

    Kind of a pain in the butt.

    Rweverything has a portable version - but it would not run on the USB boot tools that I use.

    Can anyone here try a PE or USB boot option and see if they can get rweverything to work from there? That would be great!
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Nice findings!

    Quote Originally Posted by LordX View Post
    So in the case of a failed hard drive - the solution I found for them was to install windows seven
    But if the hard drive failed, how are you able to install seven on it?

    Quote Originally Posted by LordX View Post
    Can anyone here try a PE or USB boot option and see if they can get rweverything to work from there? That would be great!


    I suggest using a Win7/8 or Vista repair disk that you can make on you own system:
    http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-create-windows-8-recovery-cd/

    Then put it on USB.
    Extract the
    rweverything folder to USB as well.
    Boot with the made USB and in Command Prompt change directory to
    rweverything and launch "RW.exe"

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    IMPORTANT:
    The repair disk needs to be 32bit (made on 32bit system) in order to launch 32bit programs from command prompt.
    I believe it's the case for RW to be 32bit as well.

    I works with all native and simple programs with no extra framework dependencies
    (example .NET requirements, Direct-X, sound, heavy graphics...).
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    Secure Boot will stop any boot disk from booting, that is not signed by Microsoft.

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  6. #16


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    Hopachi - the product key is in the BIOS - not stored on the hard drive - so if a hard drive fails - simply put in a new (or temp one for win7 install).
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    Quote Originally Posted by LordX View Post
    Hopachi - the product key is in the BIOS - not stored on the hard drive - so if a hard drive fails - simply put in a new (or temp one for win7 install).

    That would be a Secure Boot Violation.
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    Well - I tested this already - I put an old 160gb sata drive into a new ASUS laptop with win8 - and installed win7 no problem..

    So what is this secure boot thing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LordX View Post
    Well - I tested this already - I put an old 160gb sata drive into a new ASUS laptop with win8 - and installed win7 no problem..

    So what is this secure boot thing?
    Secure Boot in Windows 8 – Understand what it is and amaze the myths « Marcelo Sincic [MVP]
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  10. #20


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    Well - the machine took the new hard drive without a problem - and installed windows 7 without an issue. So I dont know if this Secure Boot will be an issue for what this thread is about.
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