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Reinstalling Windows 8 on an empty hard drive

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    Reinstalling Windows 8 on an empty hard drive


    I recently bought a laptop with Windows 8 and have erased the hard drive while trying to install another OS (not a good move, I know). This caused problems and now I'd like to re-install windows 8, except I have no way of doing this without knowing my product key, which I cannot access through my computer now. Is there a way to re-install windows 8 without having to purchase it again?

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    Does this laptop have the UEFI BIOS?
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    Yes
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    I found this...basically you'll need the ISO of windows and when you go to activate it...since the product key is embedded in the UEFI, it will find that and activate it automatically. You could give it a shot.

    How To Retrieve Windows 8 OEM Product Key From BIOS | Next of Windows
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    Unfortunately I can't get the ISO to put onto a USB without having the product key first.
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    Hello Mrhbd,

    You could order a factory recovery DVD from the manufacturer of your laptop to use to reinstall Windows with.
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    Thanks Brink...that was my next post suggestion.
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    I was afraid of that, but I suppose that's all I can do now. Thanks for your help guys.
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    Glad we could help. Please let us know how it went.
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