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installation (again)

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    GNU/linux ubuntu

    installation (again)

    I acquired a new laptop for christmas, and the sytem came with the windows eight OS preinstalled. after a while i made the decision i would like to have a go using a GNU/linux system, so rather shortsightedly i removed the orginal system instead of creating an sda style HDD partition (in my defence, i was a little intoxicated when i made the installation). so, i was just wondering if it was possible to find the product key of the original copy of the windows 8 product key, as i don't really want to spend another £25 on something i don't need.

    TL;DR, is there a way of getting the windows 8 product key after replacing it with linux?

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  2. #2

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    Welcome to EightForums.

    No need for a product key, when reinstalling a OEM manufacturer's PC.

    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    How to make Toshiba Recovery disks.

    Toshiba How-To: Understanding Windows 8 system recovery options - YouTube
    Toshiba How-To: Create System Recovery Media on a USB Flash Drive - YouTube

    Toshiba Satellite Pro C640/C650 with Windows 8, make recovery disc, page 68
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    Windows 8 Pro 32 & 64 bit w/ some Linux VMs

    If your computer is new it should have the key stored in its uEFI. All you need is an windows 8 installation disk. If you donít have one you can find an iso here The Official Windows 8 Repository. When you reinstall the computer will automatically get the key from uEFI. I don't think many new windows computers are shipping with COA's stuck to the bottom.
    Last edited by Neck Beard; 28 Dec 2012 at 21:43. Reason: removed link so brink doesn't freak out and ban me
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