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  1. #81


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    Windows 10 Home (64-bit)

    How to view Windows 8/8.1 OEM Product key for UEFI Firmwar


    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    If you want to get rid of the bloatware apps or if Refresh/Reset does not work. Or if you switch to a new hard drive to your computer and if the Windows 8/8.1 recovery USB flash drive is not able to install Windows 8/8.1 to a blank hard drive.

    How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key.

    Note: This Windows 8.1 installation media accepts Windows 8/8.1 product keys, both OEM and retail (for example, "Windows 8 Pro $15/$40 Upgrade Offer" product key).

    1. Create installation media for Windows 8.1

    - The Windows Installation Media Creation Tool works on Windows 7/8/8.1/10.
    - The download succeeds without product key.
    - Both the 64-bit installation media (USB flash drive and DVD) can be booted in both UEFI and Legacy BIOS boot mode. Both the 64-bit installation media are also compatible with Secure Boot.

    Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help

    Note: You need to download the correct version of Windows 8.1 that matches your UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key.

    Select the language for the installation media (see screenshot below). You can choose any language you like, if you want to perform a clean installation of Windows 8.1.

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    - If you have an OEM computer that came with Windows 8/8.1 preinstalled, you need to download Windows 8.1.
    - If you have an OEM computer that came with Windows 8/8.1 Pro preinstalled, you need to download Windows 8.1 Pro.

    - If you have an OEM computer that came with Windows 8/8.1 Single Language preinstalled, you need to download Windows 8.1 Single Language. In Windows 8/8.1 Single Language you can change your keyboard layout language, but you can't change your Windows display language.

    Note: You will not find the correct installation media, if you have an OEM computer that came with Windows 8.1 with Bing or Windows 8.1 Single Language with Bing preinstalled.

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    So that you do not need to change the UEFI firmware (BIOS) settings, when you perform a clean installation of Windows 8.1.
    - If you have an OEM computer that came with Windows 8/8.1 32-bit preinstalled, you need to download Windows 8.1 32-bit.
    - If you have an OEM computer that came with Windows 8/8.1 64-bit preinstalled, you need to download Windows 8.1 64-bit.

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    Select either USB flash drive or ISO file (see screenshot below).

    Note: You need at least 8 GB USB flash drive (if you select option "USB flash drive").

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    If you previously selected the ISO file option and once the ISO file is created, select the Open DVD burner option (see screenshot below).

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    2. Clean install Windows 8.1 from USB/DVD.

    Normally, you do not need to change the UEFI firmware (BIOS) settings, for example, the boot order of drives, enable Legacy BIOS boot mode, enable Compatibility Support Module (CSM), or disable Secure Boot. But on some computers, you may need to enable the boot menu before you can access it.

    - Connect your Windows 8.1 USB flash drive or insert your Windows 8.1 DVD.
    - Restart the computer.
    - Press the correct key to enter the boot menu (see this link for help). Or, if you have a Lenovo computer, you can also press the NOVO button when the computer is turned off and then select "Boot Menu".
    - Select your USB/DVD from the boot menu.

    Tip   Tip
    Select the Repair your computer option (see screenshot below) if you want to repair your computer, for example, "Reset your PC" or "System Restore".

    -or-

    Press SHIFT+F10 to bring up command prompt if you want to manually repair your computer, for example, you want to repair by using the bcdboot command.

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    After you have selected the Install now option (see screenshot above).

    Note: If you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key, the Windows 8.1 installer should automatically detect product key from UEFI firmware (BIOS).

    Note: If you are being prompted for a product key, it means that you have the wrong installation media and that's when the Windows 8.1 installer can't detect Windows 8/8.1 product key from UEFI firmware (BIOS).

    On the Which type of installation do you want? screen, select the "Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)" option (see screenshot below).

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    warning   Warning
    Do not delete the partitions on your hard drive, if you have important files on your hard drive and you will not be able to backup your important files.

    - Select the partition on which Windows is installed (see screenshot below).
    - Click on the "Next" button.

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    - You will receive the following message (see screenshot below): If the partition you've chosen contains files from a previous Windows installation, these files and folders will be moved to a folder named Windows.old. You'll be able to access Windows.old, but you won't be able to use your previous version of Windows.

    - Click on the "OK" button.
    - The installation of Windows will begin.

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    Be sure to copy any files that you may want out of the Windows.old folder before you delete it.

    Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 8


    If you want to do a complete clean install and if you have backed up your important files.

    On the Where do you want to install Windows? screen, you'll need to delete all of the partitions (see screenshot below). Select a partition and click on the "Delete" option for each partition.

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    Once you have deleted all of the partitions, you only see Drive 0 Unallocated Space (see screenshot below).

    Click on the "Next" button. The installation of Windows will begin. All the required partitions are created automatically during the install.

    Or, if you know what you're doing, you can click on the "New" button and create a separate data partition.

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    3. When installation is finished.

    Note: When installation is finished, Windows 8.1 will be activated automatically, if your internet connection is up and running (see screenshot below).

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    Other instructions.

    - How to create a bootable Windows 10 USB flash drive. -> link
    - Installing using UEFI boot mode or Legacy BIOS boot mode. -> link
    - How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 if you don't have an OEM computer that came with Windows 8/8.1 preinstalled. -> link
    - How to transfer Windows 8/8.1 license to new computer. -> link
    - How to split the system partition to two partitions. -> link
    - How to boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8/10. -> link

    How to view Windows 8/8.1 OEM product key from UEFI firmware (BIOS).

    Open the command prompt and type (or copy and paste) the following command.

    Code:
    WMIC Path SoftwareLicensingService Get OA3xOriginalProductKey
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    The command returned Error : Description = Not found

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  2. #82


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by layman View Post
    The command returned Error : Description = Not found
    Showkey - Windows 10 Forums

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  3. #83


    Posts : 13
    Win8.1


    So I made an account because I'm having this same issue as others here (original HD stopped working altogether) and... I don't have an option to boot from DVD? I have USB and a large flash drive I can grab from the car, but for those that don't have a flash drive... Is there a way to make my BIOS give me that option? I see no way to enable that. Or do I need to find a way to update my BIOS? My Windows Update is starting to eyeball this update to 10 I have sitting and the last thing I want is for my laptop to get bricked @_@

    Edit: Or can I just use the CMD command to get my key and enter it that way?
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  4. #84


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Chevko View Post
    So I made an account because I'm having this same issue as others here (original HD stopped working altogether) and... I don't have an option to boot from DVD? I have USB and a large flash drive I can grab from the car, but for those that don't have a flash drive... Is there a way to make my BIOS give me that option? I see no way to enable that. Or do I need to find a way to update my BIOS? My Windows Update is starting to eyeball this update to 10 I have sitting and the last thing I want is for my laptop to get bricked @_@

    Edit: Or can I just use the CMD command to get my key and enter it that way?
    I'm not sure what your asking to be honest? Why do you need your key? What OS is that PC running now?
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  5. #85


    Posts : 13
    Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I'm not sure what your asking to be honest? Why do you need your key? What OS is that PC running now?
    The key that returns from the CMD command line. I'm running on 8.1 right now, but my laptop has tried to download 10 on it's own once now and F10 doesn't return an option to boot from DVD, only USB.

    (Thank you for the response ♥)
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  6. #86


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Chevko View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I'm not sure what your asking to be honest? Why do you need your key? What OS is that PC running now?
    The key that returns from the CMD command line. I'm running on 8.1 right now, but my laptop has tried to download 10 on it's own once now and F10 doesn't return an option to boot from DVD, only USB.

    (Thank you for the response ♥)
    showkey will get you your key info, Showkey - Windows 10 Forums You still didn't answer why you need it? Windows 8.1 will not upgrade to 10 without you giving permission. Is the DVD your tying to boot from bootable?
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  7. #87


    Posts : 13
    Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    showkey will get you your key info, Showkey - Windows 10 Forums You still didn't answer why you need it? Windows 8.1 will not upgrade to 10 without you giving permission. Is the DVD your tying to boot from bootable?
    Oh, sorry, thought I had replied to that part. I mean, my original hard drive stopped working altogether like I mentioned, so obviously I got a new one, unobviously it is an SSD I'm on now and (something I should have mentioned) the universal keys for 8 have been blocked, so I keep getting the Activate Windows now which isn't too bad, though it interrupts my Netflix. Windows 10 did try to download itself until I turned off automatic download/install of updates, so that's one issue conquered.

    I followed the instructions on making the recovery disc, and it said it was successful, but when I tried to boot from it it only showed USB, HDD/SDD, and... a third one I can't recall as an option to boot from. I guess I didn't follow it as correctly as I had, ugh.

    But I should be safe to use the key that it gives me using CMD right? I'm just concerned that it won't take it and that's the correct key that's on my MB/BIOS before I start entering it (x _ x)
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  8. #88


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Chevko View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    showkey will get you your key info, Showkey - Windows 10 Forums You still didn't answer why you need it? Windows 8.1 will not upgrade to 10 without you giving permission. Is the DVD your tying to boot from bootable?
    Oh, sorry, thought I had replied to that part. I mean, my original hard drive stopped working altogether like I mentioned, so obviously I got a new one, unobviously it is an SSD I'm on now and (something I should have mentioned) the universal keys for 8 have been blocked, so I keep getting the Activate Windows now which isn't too bad, though it interrupts my Netflix. Windows 10 did try to download itself until I turned off automatic download/install of updates, so that's one issue conquered.

    I followed the instructions on making the recovery disc, and it said it was successful, but when I tried to boot from it it only showed USB, HDD/SDD, and... a third one I can't recall as an option to boot from. I guess I didn't follow it as correctly as I had, ugh.

    But I should be safe to use the key that it gives me using CMD right? I'm just concerned that it won't take it and that's the correct key that's on my MB/BIOS before I start entering it (x _ x)
    Ok, now I'm on the same page. Official Microsoft install media will read and use the OEM embedded key automatically. If you had to use a generic key to install you likely installed the wrong version. Run showkey and look at what it lists for OEM Edition. Then go here, and download the matching 8.1 edition, Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help. If it was 8 or 8.1 Core download Windows 8.1, if it was 8.0 Pro or 8.1 Pro download 8.1 Pro etc. Get it right and it will install without asking for a key and activate just fine.
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  9. #89


    Posts : 13
    Win8.1


    'kay, so it says my original edition was Win Next Starter Retail with an OEM edition of 8.1 RTM Core. Since this is officially way over my head, wouldn't it be just 8.1? Or is it 8.1 N? And, provided it not automatically pick up the key, for whatever reason, would I use the original key or the OEM key? I know it matters for the version that actually gets installed. And would I be able to use one of the keys here in the Activate screen or does it just not quite work that easily?
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  10. #90


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Chevko View Post
    'kay, so it says my original edition was Win Next Starter Retail with an OEM edition of 8.1 RTM Core. Since this is officially way over my head, wouldn't it be just 8.1? Or is it 8.1 N? And, provided it not automatically pick up the key, for whatever reason, would I use the original key or the OEM key? I know it matters for the version that actually gets installed. And would I be able to use one of the keys here in the Activate screen or does it just not quite work that easily?
    I don't know what "Win Next Starter Retail" is? Superfly likely does though, post it in the showkey thread and he can likely sort it out. My guess is it was Windows 8 with Bing. Each different version has its own set of keys that are not interchangeable. A Pro key will not work for 8.1 for example. I'm pretty sure you don't want N or KN, and it's not Pro. So it's 8.1 or 8.1 Single Language, or 8.1 with Bing. If it's the With Bing edition that could be a PITA. That's a hard ISO to find. If it was the With Bing, and you installed Core or Pro, the embedded key will not work. It will be rejected when you type it in. Let me get back to you in a while.
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