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Re-Install Windows 8 OEM After Replacement Hard Drive

  1. #11


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    You can download Windows 8.1 install media from here, Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help that will read you OEM embedded key. You can if you wish do a clean install with that and skip the factory recovery media. You just have to match the version installed on the laptop so the key gets used.




    Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help

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  2. #12


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by samoel View Post
    i try to installed the recovery cd in my aspire v3-571 When booting the computer using the System Disc they supplied

    no matter which recover you select you get the message that this must be run in Legacy BIOS mode.

    Setting the BIOS to Legacy and rebooting you again get the i tcouple minutes of aspire logo and then the message that this must be run in UEFI mode.
    Replacement hard drive will not install from Acer Factory

    To do a full recovery you must first delete everything on the drive and leave the space unallocated.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 5
    windows 8


    thank you alphanumeric


    but i don't know the
    version of windows was installed on the laptop all i know it was windows 8 and now re installed fake windows just to use
    my laptop . if you can help with that or if there is away to find out the
    version was installed in the
    laptop


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  4. #14


    Posts : 5
    windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Do you get two boot options listed for the recovery DVD? One with UEFI in the description and one without? My ASUS laptop gives me the legacy install mode and a UEFI install mode listing for my bootable thumb drives. My wife's Acer V5 though does not. I found it a real pain to install in UEFI mode on my wife's Acer laptop. I didn't get the error message you got. I just couldn't get it to boot from my thumb drive. It was very fussy as to how the thumb drive was created. I do all my installs from bootable USB thumb drives and haven't had to change any BIOS settings when installing 8.0 or 8.1. Other than the boot order that is.

    You can download Windows 8.1 install media from here, Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help that will read you OEM embedded key. You can if you wish do a clean install with that and skip the factory recovery media. You just have to match the version installed on the laptop so the key gets used.
    Thank you for your reply
    yes i do have it listed . but i don't know the version of windows was installed on the the laptop all i know it was windows 8 64-bit and now i just have one from the internet is not active yet just to use for now, There any way to find out the version was installed in it and by the way i change the hard disc .


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  5. #15


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


    It was likely 8.0 or 8.0 single language. Both 8.1 and 8.1 SL can be downloaded here, Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help. You'll know you found the correct version when it installs without prompting you to enter a key. That media will use Windows 8.0 OEM keys too. Option 5 here will retrieve your OEM key, Product Key - Find for Windows 8. I don't know how to tell whet version its for though. There are utilities called PID checkers that will do it. Most of the ones I found via google were online ones. Not something I would want to use.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    @samoel:

    Do you have this problem? -> Replacement hard drive will not install from Acer Factory
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  7. #17


    Posts : 5
    windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    It was likely 8.0 or 8.0 single language. Both 8.1 and 8.1 SL can be downloaded here, Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help. You'll know you found the correct version when it installs without prompting you to enter a key. That media will use Windows 8.0 OEM keys too. Option 5 here will retrieve your OEM key, Product Key - Find for Windows 8. I don't know how to tell whet version its for though. There are utilities called PID checkers that will do it. Most of the ones I found via google were online ones. Not something I would want to use.
    Thank you for your reply

    I just download windows 8 and it show windows is active and it show product key in the system inf and i update the windows and it was fine so far how do i make sure the windows is not fake
    thanx alot : alphanumeric
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  8. #18


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


    The Product ID shown on the System page is not your product code. Running showkey,vbs that I linked to earlier, will show you your installed key and your OEM key. If they match you should be fine.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    alpha,
    showkey has been updated...
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  10. #20


    Posts : 5
    windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    It was likely 8.0 or 8.0 single language. Both 8.1 and 8.1 SL can be downloaded here, Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help. You'll know you found the correct version when it installs without prompting you to enter a key. That media will use Windows 8.0 OEM keys too. Option 5 here will retrieve your OEM key, Product Key - Find for Windows 8. I don't know how to tell whet version its for though. There are utilities called PID checkers that will do it. Most of the ones I found via google were online ones. Not something I would want to use.

    dear alphanumeric

    thank you for the help and have a good day me too i will not like to use something online .
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