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Windows 8 OEM installation nightmare

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    Windows 8 OEM installation nightmare


    I just spent the last weekend trying to 'upgrade' my new HP Envy laptop to Windows 8 Pro using a store bought OEM disc. I bought a Seagate Momentus XT hybrid drive and tried to ghost the factory drive - no luck. I then tried a clean install to the Seagate using the Recovery Discs I prepared originally - discs appear to be corrupted. I also tried booting from OEM disc and it appears that I'm missing a media driver. I read about installing from USB stick - tried that and no luck as the install couldn't see the new drive...

    I now have a new notebook with no OS. My last resort at this point is to turn on legacy support in the bios and try to load the OEM disc. So much for trying to speed my laptop up.

    Any ideas on how to get this thing working would be greatly appreciated.

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    Update - I changed the BIOS settings to allow for legacy support and Win 8 appears to be loading. Is it possible to switch back to UEFI (turn off legacy support) once installed (or will drive fail to boot)?
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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Sorry, but reinstall necessary to go back to UEFI/GPT.
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    Ok, thanks. What a cluster. Funny how UEFI didn't work...
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    You are very welcome. You referred to a purchased OEM disc. Is it a full install system builder disc--which would come with a product key?
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    It is. Product key sticker is to be fastened to the PC...
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    I ordered HP recovery discs this afternoon. Hopefully restoring from these to the new drive will be possible using UEFI/GPT...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TimmyG View Post
    It is. Product key sticker is to be fastened to the PC...
    I would not fasten the Product sticker to your PC. With the OEM version of Windows 8 you have Personal Use rights which allow you to transfer the OEM version to another PC that you own. This is a big change from previous Windows that locked the Product Key to the first system.

    Jim
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    Thanks Jim. Too bad I won't need the OEM disc if the recovery discs solve the issue...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TimmyG View Post
    It is. Product key sticker is to be fastened to the PC...
    Not sure upgrading from Win8 to Win8 Pro will work with the OEM. Is this what your were trying to do? Why not do a full clean install using the OEM? And, are you saying that missing the media driver prevented the install using the OEM? Couldn't you install and then find a driver later? EFUI/GPT should be fine with the OEM/clean install--unless the media driver is a real hanging point. See this tutorial.

    Jim makes a good point above. Glad you have the HP recovery discs coming.
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