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How to wipe and reinstall from usb flash window 8

  1. #1


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    windows 8

    How to wipe and reinstall from usb flash window 8


    Alright, So I purchased a Dell xps 18 tablet all in one hybrid. I purchased it used and out of warranty. It won't let me update because it keeps saying windows 8 can't activate. Even if I manually use a program called produkey to find the correct serial number it says the key works and then it fails at activation. It gives an error code and says it doesn't have proper rights or access to what is needed. I can't upgrade to 8.1 or get any security patches because of this.

    I talked to dell support and they said they think a virus had corrupted the files of the previous owner. I have restored the computer to factory settings 3 times now so that is not going to do it. It keeps saying the same thing.

    Dell said they were sending me a usb flash (I have no cd/dvd drive on this computer) with windows 8 on it. They said that is all the assistance they could give because it is out of warranty. How do I boot windows 8 from the flash drive and completely delete the windows 8 on the computer and install only the fresh copy from the flash drive?

    I want it completely new to get rid of any possible corrupted files.



    PLEASE HELP!!

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    Posts : 8
    windows 8


    I'm also open to anyone who knows why it might be saying can't activate in the first place. I've read a few posts but it seemed like a very complicated fix and could put computer at risk for the workarounds.
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  3. #3


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


    Run this vbs script & see if it gives you the same Product Key or OEM Key---

    ShowKey v1.3.vbs
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    Posts : 8
    windows 8


    It says, product: Windows 8 oem key: Windows 8 not supported ...then it asks me to save to a file?
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    Posts : 8
    windows 8


    I might also add that for some reason it says windows build 9200 watermark on the desktop lower right hand corner. This computer comes brand new installed with windows 8 I don't understand why I can't just do a factory reinstall and activate. The person I purchased from said they never had a problem and had purchased new from dell.
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    Posts : 8
    windows 8


    If I use produkey it shows the activation key and says it works until I click activate. Then I get the error.

    Again, I'm assuming there is no way to fix my current problem. So what I really need to know is how to completely wipe the original windows 8 on this machine and start over with a fresh copy of windows 8 from dell on a usb flash drive.
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  7. #7


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


    Quote Originally Posted by schulzey3486 View Post
    I might also add that for some reason it says windows build 9200 watermark on the desktop lower right hand corner. This computer comes brand new installed with windows 8 I don't understand why I can't just do a factory reinstall and activate. The person I purchased from said they never had a problem and had purchased new from dell.
    OK.
    I don't know why the vbs won't work.
    Maybe it only wrks on 8.1.

    Here is another one---

    ShowKey.vbs

    This is the original vbs.
    It might work.
    If you save it to a file you'll have a copy of your Product Key if it works.

    Here is mine from both scripts---

    Click image for larger version

    Click image for larger version
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  8. #8


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


    Quote Originally Posted by schulzey3486 View Post
    If I use produkey it shows the activation key and says it works until I click activate. Then I get the error.

    Again, I'm assuming there is no way to fix my current problem. So what I really need to know is how to completely wipe the original windows 8 on this machine and start over with a fresh copy of windows 8 from dell on a usb flash drive.
    When you use the usb from dell it should totally replace your present OS.
    You shouldn't have to format anything.
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  9. #9


    Yup, it's strange that it doesn't activate the factory restore automatically...

    Try running the diagnostic tool and see what's preventing activation.
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  10. #10


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


    I can't speak for the Dell Thumb drive but when doing a normal install you have the option to delete any and all partitions, and create new blank ones under the advanced options.
    Clean Install - Windows 8
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