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Clean Install on Preinstalled UEFI Lenovo Laptop

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    Clean Install on Preinstalled UEFI Lenovo Laptop


    This forum is so much of wealthy info and thanks to you all for helping folks like me.

    Computer:
    New Lenovo Z580 Laptop with UEFI and Windows 8 Preinstalled

    What I did (did many things but this is what I remember):
    1. Tried installing Ubuntu, lost partitions and Windows didn't boot either

    2. Recovered some of the Partitions using Minitool etc but all the Windows files were lost

    3. Downloaded Lenovo One Key Recovery ISO (OKR8 ISO) and installed it. Now the one recovery seems to work - at least the screen comes up but there is an error when I tried to do recovery - error code 0xe0ef0050

    4. Created a Windows set up USB using my friend Enterprise DVD and overwrote the Install.wim file using the Install.wim that I got from the recovery partition (had to split the image into swm files) but it didn't work. It said the product key doesn't match with the image (I didn't enter any product key anywhere)

    5. Tried applying the image of the install.wim that I got from the recovery partition using DISM but it didn't work.

    What I have now:
    A USB Recovery Disk
    The OEM Product key that I got using rweverything
    A Windows 8 enterprise edition DVD from a friend
    Install.wim file (around 8.9GB) that I recovered from the PRB_DRV partition. In fact I have all files from that partition intact and stored in my other computer.

    I have spent more than two weeks in fixing this. I'm trying to avoid spending $50 for a recovery disk from Lenovo. If it comes to that I'll rather buy a fresh copy of Windows.

    What are my options?:
    1. Can I use somehow apply install.wim image directly on the computer? DISM doesn't work. It first gave error 87 and that the command "apply-image" is unknown. I copied the DISM files from my other computer and overwrote the ones on the setup usb disk that I created using the Enterprise DVD but this time when it came back to command prompt without throwing any error.

    2. Can I use my friend's enterprise version and install it assuming it will work?
    For a fresh install, from what I saw in the web, it seems that I have to use the same exact "version" of Windows 8 that came preinstalled and install it. If so, how do I make sure I find and install the same version?
    Last edited by winbar; 16 Mar 2014 at 17:32. Reason: corrected computer model

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Option One.
    You can Order Lenovo Recovery Disks from here:
    https://www.lenovorecovery.com/Extranet/Home.aspx

    Option Two.
    Buy Windows 8/8.1 DVD & Product Key.
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    Windows 10


    I also have a Lenovo G580 laptop with preinstalled Windows 8 (updated to Windows 8.1), but then I have made a clean installation of Windows 8.1.

    How to clean install Windows 8.1 if you have OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8 product key?
    Last edited by genet; 11 Apr 2014 at 07:43.
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    Thanks Genet. I'm not sure if I have a single language version or not as I can't even boot into my Windows. What version did you have? Since mine is also Lenovo I hope the same version would work (mine is Z580 and not G580 as I earlier mentioned). Also how can I find a legit version of the ISO image you're referring to in that post? I'm very hesitant to download it from anywhere because of danger that comes along with it. Since I have an enterprise version already, would it work? I think I can get a MSDN version also from a friend. I'm sorry for all the dumb questions. Appreciate your help.
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    Enterprise version is no use to you.

    If you know someone with msdn account, they can get hold of single language installation media. It should be fine with the key embedded in your firmware.

    Otherwise you will have to d/l from tinternet.

    File name: 9600.16384.130821-1623_x64fre_Client_SingleLanguage_EN-US-IRM_CSLA_DV5.ISO

    SHA1: 10F0288681BF56D22D9ADC58E27BEE2D781E6A1D
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    1. Can I use somehow apply install.wim image directly on the computer?
    Yes, but you will need bootable media, winpe preferably with something that can apply wim images, gimagex, or imagex. 8.1 dism should be able to do it also, but seems to be borked on your system.
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    A lot of Lenovo Recovery DVD's on ebay lately.
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    People hate paying fifty bucks for these things. Can't say I blame them. Maybe a bargain on ebay, worth a look, i suppose.
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    Thanks everyone. What a wonderful forum! I never imagined so quick replies from so many folks!

    I'll check with my friend if he has the MSDN version and then use it. Otherwise I'll buy a new copy of Windows. I'm a bit paranoid to download from the internet or buy a recovery copy from the Internet. What if there is an inbuilt spyware or something?!!! I can hear you all laughing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by winbar View Post
    Thanks everyone. What a wonderful forum! I never imagined so quick replies from so many folks!

    I'll check with my friend if he has the MSDN version and then use it. Otherwise I'll buy a new copy of Windows. I'm a bit paranoid to download from the internet or buy a recovery copy from the Internet. What if there is an inbuilt spyware or something?!!! I can hear you all laughing!
    Actually, that was a gasp you heard!

    One other thing you may need to know; is the laptop a 64 bit system or a 32 bit system. The only reason I say this is that if the machine won't do 64 bit, you may wind up starting over with your install.
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