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    looking to perform a Clean install and need OEM iso


    I had a HDD failure just 3 days past my warranty. I got my replacement drive and want to perform a clean install of Windows 8. I have my OEM product key and I need to find an iso for Windows 8. The key I have is off my HP laptop, but from the links I have found here, mine, nor the Generic Keys from this post: Clean Install - Windows 8 will not work. Am I doing something wrong? I don't want to upgrade from Windows 7, just perform a clean install.. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    In addition, OPTION ONE in the tutorial below can give you more details for this.

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create
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    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post

    Thanks! I will try this and let you know..Hopefully it don't kick it back at me again....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    In addition, OPTION ONE in the tutorial below can give you more details for this.

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create
    I'll try this if the above one won't work. I'm just leery as it says, "embedded in the UEFI firmware of the OEM PC will be automatically detected and used during installation to activate Windows 8.1." I remember when I first got the Laptop, I had to contact HP cause I had to perform an out of box wipe and my code didn't work. They told me that it's a problem they know about, and the key embedded in my BIOS would not work. They gave me another key, that actually worked.. So, in essence, I kinda have 2 keys and my luck, neither one will ever work....lol

    By the way, I have both saved on a note pad on a flash drive...

    I'll let you know, I plan on doing this soon....have to be with wife for a few days, to finish shopping....lol
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    That's ok. If it won't accept the embedded key, you will be able to enter the new key during installation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    That's ok. If it won't accept the embedded key, you will be able to enter the new key during installation.
    Ok.Great, thanks again! I'll let you know how I make out...planning on doing it soon...

    Update: Ok, I was able to get by with one of the generic codes, the one for Windows 8 Professional only. Before I continue, when it does it's thing and I get up and running, do I then change my key to mine and that will give me my media version as well and be able to upgrade to 8.1 also without any issues? I guess I can try and if not, or I have issues, I can always revert back to the Disk images I got from HP, I just don't want all the bloat ware they gave me with it...I'm thinking that was some of my issues that I posted in other areas of this form too....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    That's ok. If it won't accept the embedded key, you will be able to enter the new key during installation.
    Ok, So I installed Windows 8 AND 8.1 (Tried Multiple Times) It says my Original key does not work. Did I use the wrong installation? I bought this PC from Best Buy with Widows 8 installed. This is an OEM product, right?
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    Are you able to enter and use the other key that HP gave you that worked?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Are you able to enter and use the other key that HP gave you that worked?
    No, I was only able to use the generic key from the forums, then when I was on the desktop, I went to change that key with mine. Which it said it wasn't a good key. I might call Microsoft if I can't get it to go and see if they will give me another key or activate it for me. Unless you have any ideas?
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