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  1. #41


    Install it all done. Thank you all for helping

    *free brofits*

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  2. #42


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    You are welcome.
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  4. #44


    Denmark
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    windows 8.1


    Well i have buy for windows 8 - is upgrade from 7.
    But now on clean windows 8 install is done - is ask for a new licens ( for clean install and cant use my opgrade key )
    Crap WINDOWS LICENS - is on same PC on SAME HARDDISK - but just Clean install vs OLD Windows 7 + 8 Licens.
    IS TO BAD........ ANY HELP

    YES

    DO THIS:
    NOTE: Only follow these steps if you have a VALID Upgrade (I.e.: You legitimately own the previous full version you’re upgrading from) This is what I did to solve the problem:
    1. Do a clean install of Windows and do a keyless installation (I.e.: When it asks you to put in the key, just uncheck the “Validate Windows when I’m online” box and don’t enter the key; click “Next”)
    Once you’re in Windows, you’re going to have to do some tweaking to “trick” it into letting you active Windows with the Upgrade key. To do this:
    2. Once you’re at your desktop, run Command Prompt as Administrator (click Start, then type ‘command‘ in the Search box. You should see Command prompt on the list. Right-click it and click “Run as Administrator”. Click “Yes” on the Security Prompt).
    3. At the command prompt, type: regedit
    4. Once in Registry Editor, navigate to this key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE
    In that folder, look for the item MediaBootInstall
    5. Double-click it and change the value to 0
    6. Close out of Registry Editor. You should still have the Command Prompt open. Now, at the Command Prompt, type the following:
    slmgr /rearm
    7. It should show something that tells you the command was successful.
    8. Restart the computer.

    done :-)
    So Easy - Dear Gate make more difr. and hard plz :-)
    Last edited by Master nysseDK; 07 Nov 2013 at 11:19.
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  5. #45


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    Quote Originally Posted by Master nysseDK View Post
    Well i have buy for windows 8 - is upgrade from 7.
    But now on clean windows 8 install is done - is ask for a new licens ( for clean install and cant use my opgrade key )
    Crap WINDOWS LICENS - is on same PC on SAME HARDDISK - but just Clean install vs OLD Windows 7 + 8 Licens.
    IS TO BAD........ ANY HELP

    YES

    DO THIS:
    NOTE: Only follow these steps if you have a VALID Upgrade (I.e.: You legitimately own the previous full version you’re upgrading from) This is what I did to solve the problem:
    1. Do a clean install of Windows and do a keyless installation (I.e.: When it asks you to put in the key, just uncheck the “Validate Windows when I’m online” box and don’t enter the key; click “Next”)
    Once you’re in Windows, you’re going to have to do some tweaking to “trick” it into letting you active Windows with the Upgrade key. To do this:
    2. Once you’re at your desktop, run Command Prompt as Administrator (click Start, then type ‘command‘ in the Search box. You should see Command prompt on the list. Right-click it and click “Run as Administrator”. Click “Yes” on the Security Prompt).
    3. At the command prompt, type: regedit
    4. Once in Registry Editor, navigate to this key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE
    In that folder, look for the item MediaBootInstall
    5. Double-click it and change the value to 0
    6. Close out of Registry Editor. You should still have the Command Prompt open. Now, at the Command Prompt, type the following:
    slmgr /rearm
    7. It should show something that tells you the command was successful.
    8. Restart the computer.

    done :-)
    So Easy - Dear Gate make more difr. and hard plz :-)
    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
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  6. #46


    Posts : 1
    windows 8 and windows7


    Hi Guys, Hope someone can help me. I'm new to the sight and I'm having a major problem. I have a Toshiba laptop running windows 8 software was pre-installed and I do not have a product key. The other week i tried to boot it up but I got a blue screen telling me that the winload.efi file is corrupt or missing. I've tried to create a bootable usb device using the instructions on this thread, although none of the generic keys worked i did use another one after googling it. My problem is when windows 8 tries to download it stops saying it cannot connect to the internet and to check my connection. I was wondering if anyone could help me solve this issue.

    thanks in advance

    Scottb
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottb View Post
    Hi Guys, Hope someone can help me. I'm new to the sight and I'm having a major problem. I have a Toshiba laptop running windows 8 software was pre-installed and I do not have a product key. The other week i tried to boot it up but I got a blue screen telling me that the winload.efi file is corrupt or missing. I've tried to create a bootable usb device using the instructions on this thread, although none of the generic keys worked i did use another one after googling it. My problem is when windows 8 tries to download it stops saying it cannot connect to the internet and to check my connection. I was wondering if anyone could help me solve this issue.

    thanks in advance

    Scottb
    To download a Windows 8/8.1 ISO, you need to buy a Product key.

    For the problems you have with your Toshiba Notebook, can your make own thread with the full details.

    Did you make the Toshiba OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?
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  8. #48


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    windows 7


    I burned off the DVD following the guide from this thread some time ago and used it for a repair install. Recently my PSU died and messed up my bios. After getting a new PSU I don't know how but I started getting problems with Windows, I tried to restore from a backup but that went pair shaped... in the end I I had to wipe my HDD.

    Thought this would be a good trail of the 8.1 DVD and this method... well it worked brilliantly! My PC is flying along now, the search charm bar is now also working perfectly with no lag or slow searches. Just wished I had done this sooner! Clean install is much better than the crappy store update.

    Guess I'll have to go through the same process when 8.2 arrives
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  9. #49


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    Quote Originally Posted by burtie View Post
    I burned off the DVD following the guide from this thread some time ago and used it for a repair install. Recently my PSU died and messed up my bios. After getting a new PSU I don't know how but I started getting problems with Windows, I tried to restore from a backup but that went pair shaped... in the end I I had to wipe my HDD.

    Thought this would be a good trail of the 8.1 DVD and this method... well it worked brilliantly! My PC is flying along now, the search charm bar is now also working perfectly with no lag or slow searches. Just wished I had done this sooner! Clean install is much better than the crappy store update.

    Guess I'll have to go through the same process when 8.2 arrives
    You are welcome.
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  10. #50


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    w8.0


    I have an ASUS laptop with Win8. It gives me messages to upgrade to Win8.1. Store will not open, and never has from new. Other apps have never worked including skype. Some apps work.
    I have done purging-refresh of app database, doesn't work.
    I have done complete driver upgrades - store will never open. The laptop will never do a complete system image, many ext drives tried. ASUS denies responsibility claiming hardware is perfect, and denounces MS software. It has been to the technicians at ASUS.

    My query is, if I do an upgrade to Win8.1 using product key, will the system image backup work? I did use refresh initially and had to re-install all software which took days and internet bandwidth. Refresh solved nothing.

    cheers, and may 2014 be what you need.
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