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

  1. #21


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Yes,You could say that, as there no need for key to reinstall.

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  2. #22


    Posts : 13
    Win7 and Win8

    Update!


    UPDATE:

    When I used the Windows 8 x64 disk from MSDN to do the install on this oem laptop (as opposed to an AiO disk) - the install auto detected the key (I never had to enter one) and auto activated upon installation.

    And this was with a different hard drive than the one that came with the laptop!

    So - if you already KNOW the version that came on the machine - then using the official MSDN disk for that specific version looks like it does everything automatically!
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  3. #23


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello LordX,

    If this was a new laptop that came with Windows 8 preinstalled, then the product key number for Windows 8 is embedded in the UEFI/BIOS firmware, and would be why the product key was auto detected.

    BIOS-embedded Windows 8 product keys - reinstall troubles?
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  4. #24


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Lord...I downloaded that program and click on ACPI...There is no MSDM..Where you seeing this? Which one has the serial? Thanks.
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  5. #25


    Posts : 13
    Win7 and Win8


    The RWeverything only works for finding the key on systems that came pre-installed with windows 8 and have the key stored in the UEFI Bios. Other systems will not have a MSDM section in their ACPI.
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  6. #26


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Thanks for your time.
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  7. #27


    Quote Originally Posted by LordX View Post
    UPDATE:

    When I used the Windows 8 x64 disk from MSDN to do the install on this oem laptop (as opposed to an AiO disk) - the install auto detected the key (I never had to enter one) and auto activated upon installation.

    And this was with a different hard drive than the one that came with the laptop!

    So - if you already KNOW the version that came on the machine - then using the official MSDN disk for that specific version looks like it does everything automatically!

    Yes, I will confirm this is how this works. The key is burned right into the board. If you reinstall using any media (retail, Technet or MSDN), it will simply NOT ask you for your key, instead it uses the burned in key and should just install with NO key prompt and should automatically activate once it connects to Internet. I just did this today with an Acer computer at work with a copy of my MSDN Windows 8 media.
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