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Help needed to do a CLEAN OEM windows 8 install?

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1

    Help needed to do a CLEAN OEM windows 8 install?


    Hi everyone,
    I am SO SO confused by how windows 8 works now without the sticker key on new laptops. I've searched all over the internet and all I can find are dumb articles telling users to use the manufacturers recovery image. I DON'T WANT THAT. I was hoping that someone could please give me detailed and explained instructions on how to do a CLEAN install of Windows 8.
    My new windows 8 has NO sticker key on the bottom so my understanding is that it's stored on the bios? Is this correct? So my question is, is if I get an ISO of windows 8 and install it, will it automatically recognize the key or is the key only set up to be recognized by the PC manufacturers crapware filled image? ALSO, if thats the case, can I use a 3rd party product to pull my key and then use that with the clean ISO? Lastly, where can I download a clean ISO of windows 8? I know you can download official windows 7 ISO's, but i cannot seem to find an official windows 8 iso. I have no desire to download a torrent or from some shady website, I just want an official ISO.
    Thank you soo soo much for your help in advance.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Welcome to EightForums

    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. (Windows 8 only)
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 (Windows 8 only)





    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by Derkuda
    where can I download a clean ISO of windows 8? I know you can download official windows 7 ISO's, but i cannot seem to find an official windows 8 iso.
    There are NO official downloads for windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 ISO's for OEM manufacturer's installs.

    Take a look at those posts for more info.

    RETAIL KEY ONLY.
    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

    The only legal download:
    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create
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  3. #3


    Dubai
    Posts : 107
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    you can easily find your key that is in the BIOS using RWEverything:

    How to view the Windows 8 Product Key embedded in BIOS? - Tweak Arena Forums
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  4. #4


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Derekuda View Post
    if I get an ISO of windows 8 and install it, will it automatically recognize the key
    Yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Derekuda View Post
    I have no desire to download a torrent or from some shady website, I just want an official ISO.
    You can't download Windows 8/8.1 from Microsoft's page, if you have Windows 8/8.1 OEM product key.
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  5. #5


    Quote Originally Posted by Derekuda View Post
    My new windows 8 has NO sticker key on the bottom so my understanding is that it's stored on the bios? Is this correct?
    Yes, that is correct.

    Quote Originally Posted by Derekuda View Post
    So my question is, is if I get an ISO of windows 8 and install it, will it automatically recognize the key or is the key only set up to be recognized by the PC manufacturers crapware filled image?
    If you had an image from say Technet or MSDN, it would install just fine. With my work Dell computers, I could get them with the clean Windows 8 OS disk, not the recovery image with all of the crap installed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Derekuda View Post
    ALSO, if thats the case, can I use a 3rd party product to pull my key and then use that with the clean ISO?
    You don't need a 3rd party for this. It will simply just work.

    Quote Originally Posted by Derekuda View Post
    Lastly, where can I download a clean ISO of windows 8? I know you can download official windows 7 ISO's, but i cannot seem to find an official windows 8 iso. I have no desire to download a torrent or from some shady website, I just want an official ISO.
    Therein lies the issue. Without technet or MSDN, there isn't just a place to download this. Check with your computer vendor and see if you can buy a copy of the Windows 8 install disk.
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  6. #6


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    You might be able to buy a recovery media thing filled with bloatwre from the oem. $50 is not unusual.

    It probably is wise to use a 3rd party tool to get your product key.

    If you are activated , produkey can get it for you.

    Or you can get it from the firmware using rweverything Click acpi >msdm product key is at the bottom.

    ProduKey - Recover lost product key (CD-Key) of Windows/MS ...


    RWEverything | Read & Write Everything
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  7. #7


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


    Some of the answers to your questions depend on whether you clean install 8.0 or 8.1. My laptop has an OEM embedded key for Windows 8.0 Core. My Windows 8.0 TechNet ISO's will read an use it to install 8.0 Core automatically without prompting me to enter a product code. If I do a clean install with my 8.1 TechNet ISO though, I get prompted to enter a key. It won't accept an 8.0 key, it needs an 8.1 key to install with. You can get around this by using a generic 8.1 install key (that won't activate) and then change the key and activate with the 8.0 OEM key. Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key. I use RWEverything to retrieve the embedded OEM key from the BIOS.
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