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W8 64bit OEM install but need setup files!

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    W8 64bit OEM install but need setup files!


    Hi,

    I tried using Acronis True Image 13 but it rendered my drive unbootable.
    To add insult to injury, I don't have the OEM set up disks and the reserved
    partition from HP is gone, thanks to the aforementioned Acronis.

    The key is in the BIOS so I just need to download W8 64 bit OEM as an installer
    but all I can find is the MS Upgrade Assistant version which won't work for my OEM
    serial, I tried. Twice.

    Anyone know where I can download the correct setup files?

    Thanks

    David

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    I don't have the OEM set up disks and the reserved
    partition from HP is gone,
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    Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows 8) | HP® Support


    Quote Originally Posted by HP/Compaq
    NOTE:HP does not include recovery discs in the box with its personal computers as the recovery software comes on the hard drive. You can obtain recovery discs from HP Support or use Recovery Manager software to create a set of recovery discs yourself. HP recommends creating a set of recovery discs when you receive your computer and storing them in a safe place. Support Sent Recovery Discs can take as long as 4 to 6 hours to complete system recovery, but recovery discs that you create often take less time to complete system recovery. For more information about creating a set of recovery discs,
    see

    Creating Recovery Discs or Saving a Recovery Image to a USB Flash Drive (Windows 8) | HP® Support
    Quote Originally Posted by HP/Compaq
    ? If the HP Recovery media do not work, you can obtain recovery media for your system from the
    HP website. For U.S. support, go to Contact HP / Customer Service | HP® Official Site. For worldwide support, go
    to Contact HP Worldwide | HP® Official Site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    I don't have the OEM set up disks and the reserved
    partition from HP is gone,
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    Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows 8) | HP® Support


    Quote Originally Posted by HP/Compaq
    NOTE:HP does not include recovery discs in the box with its personal computers as the recovery software comes on the hard drive. You can obtain recovery discs from HP Support or use Recovery Manager software to create a set of recovery discs yourself. HP recommends creating a set of recovery discs when you receive your computer and storing them in a safe place. Support Sent Recovery Discs can take as long as 4 to 6 hours to complete system recovery, but recovery discs that you create often take less time to complete system recovery. For more information about creating a set of recovery discs,
    see

    Creating Recovery Discs or Saving a Recovery Image to a USB Flash Drive (Windows 8) | HP® Support
    Quote Originally Posted by HP/Compaq
    ? If the HP Recovery media do not work, you can obtain recovery media for your system from the
    HP website. For U.S. support, go to Contact HP / Customer Service | HP® Official Site. For worldwide support, go
    to Contact HP Worldwide | HP® Official Site.
    Hi,

    Thanks for the help and reply...

    The HP link won't help me because the HP partition that once held the recovery image is gone.
    I need an external installation medium, as the HP link also indicates when it says "If your HP computer with Windows 8 does not have the HP recovery program, or if the recovery disc set or USB drive was not created before the recovery partition was damaged or erased, you will need to find a set of the HP recovery discs that match your model number from the Internet or install a new operating system."


    EDIT:
    I am hoping to find something I can download rather than have the laptop disabled while waiting for a disc from HP.
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    What exactly did you try to do with Acronis? I use it and have restored my computer several times with no problems.
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  5. #5


    I created a restore point, then tried to recover said restore point.
    In previous versions, the gui was very user friendly, designed for the home
    user or novice. This version asked me to make manual partition selections
    by choosing which recovered partition would go to which partition on the
    recipient drive. In my case, there was one more in the "from" column than
    in the "to" column.

    The earlier versions I've used made these determinations based on the drives
    and changed partition sizes and it always worked fine. More like a point and shoot
    camera, this version is more like a DSLR camera. I'll admit, the error may have
    been mine but that doesn't negate the issue I am in.

    Luckily I found these three links which helped me install from the Windows 8 Pro
    I purchased back when MS had that promo for $38 bucks.

    Create Windows 8 USB Bootable Pendrive For UEFI Boot

    Solve Windows 8 Clean Installation Product Key Do Not Match Problem

    Cannot Activate Windows 8 Using Owned Legal Serial Key on New PC
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    Post one.

    Quote Originally Posted by ZenicaNJ
    The key is in the BIOS so I just need to download Windows 8 64 bit OEM as an installer
    but all I can find is the MS Upgrade Assistant version which won't work for my OEM
    serial, I tried. Twice.
    Post five.

    Quote Originally Posted by ZenicaNJ
    Luckily I found these three links which helped me install from the Windows 8 Pro
    I purchased back when MS had that promo for $38 bucks.
    Do you have a Windows 8 DVD?

    If YES.

    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
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  7. #7


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Post one.

    Quote Originally Posted by ZenicaNJ
    The key is in the BIOS so I just need to download Windows 8 64 bit OEM as an installer
    but all I can find is the MS Upgrade Assistant version which won't work for my OEM
    serial, I tried. Twice.
    Post five.

    Quote Originally Posted by ZenicaNJ
    Luckily I found these three links which helped me install from the Windows 8 Pro
    I purchased back when MS had that promo for $38 bucks.
    Do you have a Windows 8 DVD?

    If YES.

    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

    I don't understand the purpose of your post.

    When I first posted I forgot I had even purchased the Windows 8 Pro
    when MS had the promotion. It occurred to me some time later.
    Initially I just wanted to restore the OEM W8 basic version, hence the
    original post.

    Post 5 is my own comment where I posted links that solved my issue.
    Had you posted your links the day before, they would have saved me
    the time searching online.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZenicaNJ View Post
    The key is in the BIOS so I just need to download W8 64 bit OEM as an installer
    but all I can find is the MS Upgrade Assistant version which won't work for my OEM
    serial, I tried. Twice.
    For general info related to the issue you raise, see this thread ignoing the computer-specific discussion: Windows 8 "Standard Edition"?. I emphasize that, as you have found, your embedded product key will not work in getting what you want.
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    Thanks Znod, checking that link now.
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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


    You are welcome.
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