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way to recover the cd key from the UEFI?

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    way to recover the cd key from the UEFI?


    Hello

    I stumbled across this thread while looking for a solution to a similar problem, but the solutions above don't quite work for me.

    I have an ASUS Zenbook UX32V, which came with win 8 preinstalled.

    I was having endless problems with Windows 8, such as software compatibility, and formatted the laptop (removing all partitions), and installing Windows 7 over it.

    This has worked fine to date, but I now need to switch to Win 8 again.

    I know my laptop supports UEFI, and that the Windows 8 installations are no longer probably on the computer. Is there a way to recover the cd key from the UEFI and use this to download the Win 8 installation files again? The CD key was not supplied in the laptop documentation...

    Thank you!
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    It is wise to make a backup of that key before reinstalls, just in case.

    Look at the options for finding the key:
    Product Key - Find for Windows 8
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    When reinstalling Windows 8 on a PC which came Pre-installed, you do not need to type in a Product key.

    You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the ASUS OEM manufacturer's website.
    Essentio Recovery Software
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    Hi Grantt

    Welcome to Eightforums

    Just a heads-up... you can't download retail installation files with your OEM key

    Besides those that Hopachi has given a link to above, you could also try Windows 8 Product Key Viewer (it will grab the OEM key as well)
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    When reinstalling Windows 8 on a PC which came Pre-installed, you do not need to type in a Product key.
    True. It will already be inserted when you install.

    You may try to recover from the recovery partition ASUS provided.
    Quote Originally Posted by Grantt
    I was having endless problems with Windows 8, such as software compatibility, and formatted the laptop (removing all partitions), and installing Windows 7 over it.
    Not so good removing recovery. You may need to use theog's advice on the install media because:
    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly
    you can't download retail installation files with your OEM key
    Keep in mind that OEM recovery disks, just like OEM recovery partition, use per default the full-install method that install tons of extra software (avoid these extras to avoid the issues you already encountered). Some manufacturers allow clean-install methods: it's just like when you have a Win8 Core DVD/ISO and you install without extra software, OEM key and UEFI settings will be used.
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Is there a way to recover the cd key from the UEFI and use this to download the Win 8 installation files again?
    i think OP is looking for key so they can use it to upgrade to win8 using win7's anytime upgrade
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    This whole windows 8 OEM preinstalled activation is very confusing. I also am trying to reinstall windows 8 on my Asus Zenbook UX32VD.

    I obtained an Windows 8 OEM iso. Managed to get it to boot off a USB drive in UEFI mode. However it fails to activate automatically and asks me for a product key (which I do not have as the sticker on the bottom of the laptop only says "Windows 8".

    What is a guy to do? Asus doesn't have any installation media available for purchase or download and no way to recover the product key.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64 bit)
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    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Thanks for the link. I will give that a try later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BunBun View Post
    This whole windows 8 OEM preinstalled activation is very confusing. I also am trying to reinstall windows 8 on my Asus Zenbook UX32VD.

    I obtained an Windows 8 OEM iso. Managed to get it to boot off a USB drive in UEFI mode. However it fails to activate automatically and asks me for a product key (which I do not have as the sticker on the bottom of the laptop only says "Windows 8".

    What is a guy to do? Asus doesn't have any installation media available for purchase or download and no way to recover the product key.
    That's likely to do with your install media, I suspect it has been modified. I did a clean install on my ASUS laptop that came with Windows 8 core preinstalled. My TechNet ISO read the embedded key and installed 8 core automatically. Activated fine online too. If your install media has been modified to be an All-In-One or had an ei.cfg or pid.txt file added that will break the autodetection of the embedded key. If you are getting a menu asking you to select what version to install, its modified media.
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