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  1. #1


    Posts : 12
    win 8

    windows 8 key


    Hi
    I am new user of win 8, I bought a lenovo laptop which has win 8 on it and is not activated. I want to install a SSD and do a clean install for win 8. I have previously done win 7 clean install. I have 2 questions. Is win8 clean install will be same as win7 clean install? Secondly in my previous laptop the win7 key was written on the microsoft sticker at the back of laptop but in this laptop there is no microsoft sticker at the back. So where would I get the win8 key?
    thats all.
    regards

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  2. #2


    The key it's embedded in the Bios, you don't even need to enter it during the install. It will find it automatically.
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  3. #3


    Chennai, India
    Posts : 23
    Windows 8 Pro


    I think the Windows 8 in your new laptop is activated (genuine), check it out properly, since Lenevo always provides you with genuine version.

    How do you say it's not activated?
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  4. #4


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    If you want to see your ID & Product Key you can run this VBS script:

    ShowKey.vbs

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  5. #5


    Posts : 12
    win 8


    hi again
    I am trying to install SSD on my laptop and want to do a clean install of win 8 on the SSD. For that I think I will have to download win8 and transfer to a usb. now when I try to download it asks me to provide the Key. So where would I get this key from?
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  6. #6


    Quote Originally Posted by umairarif View Post
    hi again
    I am trying to install SSD on my laptop and want to do a clean install of win 8 on the SSD. For that I think I will have to download win8 and transfer to a usb. now when I try to download it asks me to provide the Key. So where would I get this key from?
    If it's asking you for a key to install, that means that the ISO that you downloaded doesn't match the version that you are trying to install. For example, if you have a Windows 8 Enterprise ISO, it cannot use the Windows 8 Standard (or Professional) key that is embedded in your BIOS.

    If it's asking you for a key to download, what site are you at? I'm not aware of a site where you can just download a copy of Windows 8.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 12
    win 8


    i dont understand at all. I believe the win 8 that came in this lenovo is a genuine. only need to do a clean install on my new ssd. is it possible?
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  8. #8


    Quote Originally Posted by umairarif View Post
    I believe the win 8 that came in this lenovo is a genuine. only need to do a clean install on my new ssd. is it possible?
    Yes, I'm sure the copy that came with the unit is genuine

    It is possible to clean install to a new hard drive. The trick is obtaining the install media. Most vendors only include a system recovery tool that puts the machine back the way that it came from the factory. With my Dells that I bought for work, there was an option to purchase the genuine reinstall media for just the OS, so I have obtained Windows 8 for my Dell OEM's from Dell.

    For other machines that I have in my office that came with Windows 8 embedded (some Acer all in ones, and some Dell XPS 18's), I've used my copy of Windows that I have access to through my MSDN subscription.
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  9. #9


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


    If your trying to download an ISO from here, Upgrade Windows with only a product key - Microsoft Windows Help , it won't accept OEM keys.

    pparks1 I think the key he's being asked for is for the download, not the install.
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  10. #10


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


    Yes you can do a clean install, I've done it on my ASUS laptop that came with 8.0 Core. My TechNet 8.0 ISO read and used the embedded OEM key automatically and installed 8.0 Core. I wasn't prompted to enter a product code. You can also clean install 8.1 and activate with your 8.0 key. You have to use a generic 8.1 key to install with and then change key and activate with your 8.0 key.
    Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.
    Like pparks1 said, the hard part is getting the install media.
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