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Trouble after installing Win8 Enterprise Evaluation

  1. #21


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by jgcvaleroso View Post
    My apologies for that matter.

    Well I came across this:
    Upgrade Windows with only a product key - Microsoft Windows Help

    I tried downloading both Win 8 and 8.1 but I don't know where to look for my license key.
    That download won't accept OEM keys which is what your embedded key is. To recover the embedded key you need to run something like rwevrything to view it. Anything that reads the key out from the windows registry is just going to give you your enterprise trial key.

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  2. #22


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    Quote Originally Posted by jgcvaleroso View Post
    Formatting your drive has likely broken the factory Function Key link to the custom recovery partition.
    Is it possible to boot from those recovery files?

    EDIT: or do a manual re-link?
    I think so but I don't have the know how or skills for that. If the original factory recovery partition is still there then there is an image of your original factory install in there. It could be a wim file.
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  3. #23


    Portsmouth Hants
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Those 3 recovery partitions are hidden to Windows because they have no drive letter assigned to them. They are not hidden to, say Linux or to a partition manager program. The 20GB recovery partition will contain the Factory installation files, and the 300 and 900 MB partitions will have the Windows recovery environment system on them. They appear to be untouched.

    But you have a working Windows 8.1 enterprise evaluation, it seems.

    The ASUS manual for your laptop says press F9 during the Power on self test when you power up should give you the options to give you a clean reset to factory conditions. this is probably your best course.

    http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/nb/...LC_VER7926.pdf for the ASUS X550LB manual.
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  4. #24


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Quote Originally Posted by fafhrd View Post
    Those 3 recovery partitions are hidden to Windows because they have no drive letter assigned to them. They are not hidden to, say Linux or to a partition manager program. The 20GB recovery partition will contain the Factory installation files, and the 300 and 900 MB partitions will have the Windows recovery environment system on them. They appear to be untouched.

    But you have a working Windows 8.1 enterprise evaluation, it seems.

    The ASUS manual for your laptop says press F9 during the Power on self test when you power up should give you the options to give you a clean reset to factory conditions. this is probably your best course.

    http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/nb/...LC_VER7926.pdf for the ASUS X550LB manual.
    It was F9 on my ASUS laptop too. After a clean install it does nothing now, Windows just ignores it. When it did work it took me to the Refresh and Reset Options. Can't hurt to try it and see if you get a lucky break.
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  5. #25


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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    If F9 is not coded in the CMOS with the F2 for BIOS setup, and it no longer works, then the options are to access the hidden drives. I'd use EASEUS Partition Master or some other free Partition management tool. I'd leave the UEFI system alone, just assign drive letters to the other hidden drives, and let the partition manager sort them out - usually needing a reboot. You only really need to access the 20 GB drive, to see if there is an installable image in there.
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  6. #26


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    Windows 8


    Whenever I try the refresh and restore option, it always says that some files are missing and asks for an installation media.


    I'd use EASEUS Partition Master or some other free Partition management tool. I'd leave the UEFI system alone, just assign drive letters to the other hidden drives, and let the partition manager sort them out - usually needing a reboot. You only really need to access the 20 GB drive, to see if there is an installable image in there.
    ok so I've already run easeUS Partition Master and I have this:
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  7. #27


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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    The highlighted NTFS volume labelled Restore contains 12 GB of used space which is large enough to contain all the installation files for your system (including bloatware ). Right click and change drive letter by giving it an unused letter - A or B would be fine - nobody uses floppies any more. Click apply, and then let the program do the job.
    I don't remember if you will need to reboot or not, but the Restore drive should now be unhidden.

    The file you are looking for is going to be the biggest one on the drive and named something.wim, or a folder with a load of .swm files.

    Useful progs to have would be 7-zip (v9.30 beta), wiztree, and search everything,​ to locate your file and to be able to view inside the .wim file.
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  8. #28


    Posts : 34
    Windows 8


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    I haven't changed the driver letter coz there was no "change drive letter" option when I right clicked the partition. The closest to that was the "change label" option.

    There was an "explore partition" option on the list so I checked that one out and I found the 12GB (12.58 to be exact) .wim file you were talking about inside the partition.
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  9. #29


    Portsmouth Hants
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Ok its the GPT type that presumably prevents a simple drive letter change. At this time of night, I'd have to say I don't know the next step. I need to do some research first.
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  10. #30


    Posts : 34
    Windows 8


    Please, do take your time. Its not like I have the right to rush this. I'm still backing up things anyway so
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