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Reinstall Windows 8 OEM- no product key

  1. #11


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    What about making an image of the 2 Windows 8 partitions from the HDD (e.g. with free Macrium) and dumping the image(s) on the SSD.

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  2. #12


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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


    Quote Originally Posted by Monumental View Post
    I installed the new SSD but the options weren't there in the recovery disks to choose the install location, it just reinstalled to the HDD. So I used a Windows 7 install disk and did a clean install of Windows 7. So the computer is set up how I want it now (OS on SSD and User and ProgramData folders on HDD) except I'd like to upgrade it to Windows 8. I don't have a Windows 8 disk and don't have the product code because it's encrypted in the BIOS I guess.

    So what's the best way to proceed from here?
    In all cases, your OEM product key will suffice when installing. It will be found automatically; you don't need to type it in.

    Some will say find a genuine ISO, of the needed type and bitness, online; ensure that it has UEFI support (if you want to reinstall under UEFI--see the second half of Windows 8 Upgrade ISO - Download or Create); burn it to disc; and do a clean install. I'd do that if I believed that following such a procedure is EULA consistent and I was certain that I had found the real thing online. Not recommending, but see, for example, The Official Windows 8 Repository.

    Or, you could buy MS system builder software (Win8 core or Win8 Pro (both 64 bit or 32 bit)), and install cleanly under the personal-use license. This software is transferrable provided that you never use it again, or make it possible for anyone else to try to use it, once transferred. It can be installed on one owned machine at a time. The hardware of the machine installed on can be changed any number of times and any number of ways. And, the software can be installed on owned machines (on at a time) as many times as wanted.

    You also can clean install with retail upgrade software. Doing so should create no activation problems (but, just in case, see Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade). You would need to forego using your Win7 or other qualifying software having installed the upgrade software. You also could get an ISO using Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant - Download and Run. The ISO would provide you with the ability to do a clean install with what amounts to retail upgrade software. See above ISO related comments.
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  3. #13


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    The Windows 8 ISO I downloaded and used, found my embedded Product code in my BIOS and used that during the install. No problems with activation. YMMV but so far so good for me.
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  4. #14


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    The Windows 8 ISO I downloaded and used, found my embedded Product code in my BIOS and used that during the install. No problems with activation. YMMV but so far so good for me.
    Yes, I've been able to use Oem disks, and TechNet discs and volume license disks and its always just worked with the embedded keys. I really like the embedded key.
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  5. #15


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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    The Windows 8 ISO I downloaded and used, found my embedded Product code in my BIOS and used that during the install. No problems with activation. YMMV but so far so good for me.
    Yes, I've been able to use Oem disks, and TechNet discs and volume license disks and its always just worked with the embedded keys. I really like the embedded key.

    Yep, me too. It's going to make reinstalling on OEM PC's a breeze as far as activation goes. No COA sticker that's worn or faded and unreadable. You'll loose some of the Logo's and branding, etc, but that's usually not a big deal to the owner.
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  6. #16


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    Windows 8 64-bit


    Ok, so where's the best place to get an official ISO? I've seen links to this page The Official Windows 8 Repository but don't actually see any links to download from it.
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  7. #17


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    To my knowledge there is no legitimate download site.
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  8. #18


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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    To my knowledge there is no legitimate download site.
    That's not what I asked. Just where I can obtain a copy that's legit. I'll verify the hash of course, but if there's a known safe place to go I'd prefer that. The DRM on this is all pretty ridiculous. I'm not looking to get a free copy just to set up my computer the way that I want with the software that came with it.
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  9. #19


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I don't know if there is a best place. I got mine off of bit torrent. All you can do is check the MD5 Hash to see if it matches what is listed on TechNet or MSDN. If it does it's likely an unaltered copy of a TechNet download from someone with a TechNet subscription. There are no official Microsoft download links that I know of aside from TechNet.
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  10. #20


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Monumental View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    To my knowledge there is no legitimate download site.
    That's not what I asked. Just where I can obtain a copy that's legit. I'll verify the hash of course, but if there's a known safe place to go I'd prefer that. The DRM on this is all pretty ridiculous. I'm not looking to get a free copy just to set up my computer the way that I want with the software that came with it.
    Ditto on that. It shouldn't be such a pain to just get the install media with no product key. Especially when you're installing to an OEM PC with an embedded key. Upgrading the hard drive on a laptop is now a major pain in the butt.
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