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Trouble after installing Win8 Enterprise Evaluation

  1. #1


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    Windows 8

    Trouble after installing Win8 Enterprise Evaluation


    Hi! So I've bought a new laptop along with a builtin (diskless) Windows8; all drivers for the laptop were included also, I think. I've been using this for about 2 months now and even upgraded to 8.1. Yesterday, after I logging in to windows, all I got was a black screen with a movable mouse pointer. (my stupidity impulse starts here) After searching for workarounds, I decided to download the Windows8.1 Enterprise Evaluation OS from windows and used (burned the ISO file to some CD and used that for booting) it to fully reformat my laptop then afterwards, revert it back using my built-in windows.


    After I've done reformatting using the Evaluation version, I couldn't manage to reformat again using the builtinOS. I tried restoring windows but it always asked for the CD I used to reformat. Now I have no drivers installed, my OS expires in less than 90 days, and I have no idea how to fix this.


    Does anyone know how I can use my builtinwindows to reformat my laptop?

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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    What system have you got? Did you make recovery disks or just reformat your drive without making any backups at all?

    Depending on your situation you may be able to retrieve your key from the bios and use this to download windows again. Possibly. If not you'll have to ask your manufacturer for disks which you may have to pay for.

    What's with all the red incidentally?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 34
    Windows 8


    what system are you asking about? if its my operating system then im using win8 enterprise evaluation; previously i had the pre-installed windows 8.
    Sadly, no i didn't make any form of back-up. This was the first time I had to do something outside applications and programs so I didn't know what preparations i needed to do before then. Not to mention my first handling of Win8.
    Well, I tried poking around and I saw somewhere that I still have 4 recovery partitions. I also saw those partitions while I was reformatting and didn't do anything to them.

    Pertaining to those red texts:
    My earlier post was from another forum. I didn't get any reply there so I copied the texts and pasted them here.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    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




    I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
    or
    You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.
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    Posts : 34
    Windows 8


    Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    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



    I've encountered this solution before. Will this give me a bootable drive that uses my recovery partition/s? The "Copy contents from recovery partitions to the recovery drive" check box always seem to be grayed out. If I make a recovery drive now without checking that box, wouldn't that have my current OS installed which is Widows 8 Enterprise Evaluation and not my OEM Windows 8?

    Correct me if Im wrong. I'm not quite sure what OEM mean or is but I know it has something to do with built in/ pre installed OSs.
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    Have you made the (Dell, HP, Fujitsu,Sony)OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    For examlpe SONY:

    Click image for larger version
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    Posts : 34
    Windows 8


    Have you made the (Dell, HP, Fujitsu,Sony)OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?
    no, not yet. This is an ASUS laptop; x550lb to be exact. I don't have those utility programs installed on mine, or at least i think I dont.
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    You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the ASUS OEM manufacturer's website.
    Essentio Recovery Software
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    Posts : 34
    Windows 8


    buying something especially ordering online would be my last resort for a couple of reasons. Is any other work around for this?
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    You could buy the Retail version of Windows 8 core/Pro & Product key.
    than
    To clean install:
    1) Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
    SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Help Forums
    than
    2a) Clean install with the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk.

    2b) Clean Install - Windows 8

    2c) UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
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