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Need help reinstalling Windonws 8 from USB

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8

    Need help reinstalling Windonws 8 from USB


    Hi guys,

    I am in a bit of a dilemma and am pulling my hair out trying to get this to work.

    I recently purchased an Asus X551 laptop with Windows 8 but straight the way uninstalled Windows 8 and installed Ubuntu (after creating a Windows 8 recovery drive just in case). I have since decided that I want Windows 8 back as I have found that I cannot use a lot of software on Linux. The laptop did not come with any form of recovery disk or installation disk, the only reminent of Windows 8 I have is the recovery USB that I created from within the OS.

    When I plug in the USB and boot from it it brings up the recovery menu with options to reset the PC but when I click it it says something like - "Unable to reset PC. A required partition is missing".

    I could really do with some help on this, I have posted of on the Ubuntu forum but they aren't being very helpful since I am uninstalling Ubuntu.

    Any help would be masively appreciated.

    Thanks a lot.

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  2. #2


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    For the installation, you need a Windows 8 .iso or an installatio disc or an image (which you should have made before gutting it). There were links on the web but they were removed. Maybe you can get it from a friend or from the manufacturer of your PC (usually at a small charge)

    Btw: did you try to run windows programs with Wine in Ubuntu ?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Thanks for the reply. I thought that the recovery disk was equivalent to an image of the OS but clearly I was wrong. I haven't tried Wine with the exception of a Netflix app which uses it. I wanted to be able to use the laptop to watch Netflix (which works), Amazon Instant Video (Which I can't get to work) and Photoshop CS6, I will look in to getting this running in Ubuntu. Ideally I would like to have windows as my primary OS but also have Ubuntu on a small partition. I will get in touch with the manufacturer tomorrow to see if I can get my hands on an installation disk and my serial key since there is no sticker on the laptop.

    Again, thanks for the reply.
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  4. #4


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Your Windows 8 product key is stored in the BIOS. You don't have to worry about that. The key does not go away.
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  5. #5


    See if you can get a recovery disc form the manufacturer?
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    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    That's good to hear
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    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the ASUS OEM manufacturer's website.
    http://us.estore.asus.com/index.php?..._detail&p=2860
    Notebook Recovery Software

    https://serviceshop.asus.com/
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    What a rip off though, $50 ....
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the ASUS OEM manufacturer's website.
    Essentio Recovery Software
    Notebook Recovery Software

    https://serviceshop.asus.com/
    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    What a rip off though, $50 ....
    Some OEM manufacturer's are a rip off.

    All my OEM manufacturer's test rigs, came with FREE Recovery disks.
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  10. #10


    I got mine free from Lenovo after calling them about not being able to boot the Recovery flash drive I created with their software. Turned out to be my problem in not setting the BIOS (EFI) correctly but hey, I got the free DVD
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