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windows 8 reinstall bios key

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    windows 8 reinstall bios key


    hi my pc come with windows 8 on it..i desided to go to windows seven again so did a fresh install.now i have desied go back to windows 8 only problem is i found no key!.so i read up that windows 8 key is in the bios.so i read up what windows it comes with and all it sez is windows 8.so what disk do i need for a reinstall i did a aio windows disk witch i downloaded did not like the key so im at a loss where go from here! i have the ACERPredator G3 Desktop PC
    please help

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    You will need to contact the manufacturer to obtain a restore disk. The key in the BIOS won't be valid for anything else.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    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





    You can use the ACER version of
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    warning   Warning
    Deleting the Recovery Partition is NOT RECOMMENDED



    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    How to make Acer Recovery disks.

    Using Acer Recovery Management to Restore Windows 8

    Create a Packard Bell Factory Default Backup in Windows 8


    Windows 8 - Create a Factory Default Backup - Acer Recovery Management - YouTube
    Windows 8 - Create a Drivers and Applications Backup - Acer Recovery Management - YouTube
    Windows 8 - Restore Windows With a USB Recovery Drive - YouTube

    You can Order Acer recovery disks from here:
    Acer | Recovery Media
    Check in Accessories
    or check the main web site.
    Acer Worldwide - Select your local country or region
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    Maryland USA
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    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    There should be a sticker on your pc with a windows 8 key..
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    windows 7


    yep i deleted everythin b4 putting windows 7 on and i thought i made a recovery disk but turned out just be the drivers ggrr well thank u for the help guess im gonna have pay out!
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklyn567 View Post
    There should be a sticker on your pc with a windows 8 key..
    The Windows 8 OEM COA has no key, as it is embedded in the BIOS.

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    Maryland USA
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    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    Typical business megalomaniacs! They find any reason not to give you whats yours... Have you noticed how sales receipts self destruct by fading away in a matter of months.. No proof of purchase now... Bastages...

    Dont give up, make them give you what is rightfully yours, explain that your windows had serious issues and were forced to downgrade.

    When you get your Eight back, try dual boot.. Have the the option to switch back and forth as you please without reinstalling..

    It also helps to have the other when one becomes problematic..
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    windows 7


    yep brooklyn its no wonder ppl go to linux i would to be honest if it was not for the gaming part ...i may just get windows 8 upgrade i dont know yet just bit disapointed at mo
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Pre-installed OEM versions of Windows 8 embed the product code in the BIOS. There is no need for a COA sticker because official Windows 8 install media will auto detect it and install the matching version. There are essentially two consumer versions of Windows 8. Windows 8 (core edition) and Windows 8 Pro. 8 Pro can also be upgraded to 8 Pro with Media center. Your PC likely came with just Windows 8 (non pro version). Your install media was likely modified because there is no official all in one version. The version offered by Microsoft on TechNet and MSDN are listed as (Multiple Editions) and do include 8 and 8 Pro. I used one to do a clean install on my ASUS laptop. My embedded 8 core code was detected and used and the standard Windows 8 was installed. Activated and validated just fine on line too. I have heard that store bought retail media will do this too, I haven't confirmed it myself though. Unfortunately there are no official download links for ISO files from Microsoft other than TechNet or MSDN which are subscription services.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    ... official Windows 8 install media will auto detect it and install the matching version...
    You hit the nail on the head -- "official" install media.

    Did anyone notice where the OP said "aio Windows disk" -- which is typical Warez term for All-in-One, how they often distributed pirated and cracked Windows images.
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