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USB Boot Issues on Acer Aspire S7-392 UEFI, GPT, etc.

  1. #11


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    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post

    NO for a product key.

    Q) Have you tried to activate??

    YES or NO.
    How can I try to activate if I don't have a product code? Trying to activate implies that I have an activation key with which to attempt an activation. I do not have such a code.... so, no attempt at activation.

    So, to answer your question, the answer is NO.

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  2. #12


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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    I purchased a recovery USB from Acer. This USB stick boots fine and the Windows 8 install goes smoothly until, when it is finally finished, and it says that the version of Windows that I have now installed is inactive and must be activated with a Microsoft Product Key. Acer won't do anything about it and wants me to return the machine to them to be repaired.
    Have you tried to activate?
    Activate Windows 8 Online
    You need to be saying, YES I have tried to activate on line.

    NO need to type in a product key.
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  3. #13


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    Well, I don't see exactly what you envision. Following the link that you keep posting.

    Option 1 is to activate during installation. I am online during installation and the product key is not automatically sent like it should be:

    "All OEM PCs that come with Windows 8/8.1 or Windows RT/RT 8.1 preinstalled will automatically be activated when they are connected online to the internet next. The product key is embedded in the UEFI/BIOS firmware of OEM PCs with Windows 8/8.1 preinstalled, and is automatically detected and entered during installation."

    Option 2 is to "Activate Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise Online After Installation"
    This option requires a product key...
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  4. #14


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    Click on the Activate Windows.

    Click image for larger version

    Click image for larger version
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  5. #15


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    yes... and when it asks me for a product key, that I don't have, what then?
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  6. #16


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    Have you Click on both of the Activate Windows.
    Did Windows activate? YES or NO.

    NO NEED TO TYPE IN A PRODUCT KEY.
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  7. #17


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    Windows 8


    NO, windows did not activate
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  8. #18


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    ACER can not send you a Product Key.

    Return to ACER for a UFEI/BIOS firmware rebuild, & microsoft will add the Product Key as part of the rebuild.

    Will need to have Windows 8 install.
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  9. #19


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    Windows 8


    Yeah, Okay....

    Now, what about my original question; ideas on getting a USB stick to boot on this machine...
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  10. #20


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    Enabling the boot device menu

    Quote Originally Posted by Acer
    On most Acer systems, you can use the F12 key on boot to select the drive or network from which loading the operating system. In case the F12 option does not work, you may need to enable this function.

    SOLUTION

    Enabling the F12 function:

    1.Power on the system. As soon as the first logo screen appears, immediately press the F2 key, or the DEL key if you have a desktop, to enter the BIOS.
    2.Press the right arrow key to select Main.
    3.Use the arrow keys to navigate to F12 Boot Menu, and press ENTER.
    4.Select Enabled, and press ENTER.
    5.Press the F10 key to save changes and restart the system.
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