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embeded windows key a real pain

  1. #11

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1

    Noob to Windows 8 Forum

    Hey all, my issue is mostly related to this topic so hopefully you don't mind me asking this here.

    I bought an Acer (late 2013) which came with Win 8.1 installed. Recently I have had some issues and ran chkdsk which informed me of corrupted sector(s). Therefore I purchased a new WD internal HD (not SSD) with intentions of swapping out before something fatal occurs. Problem is that Microsoft will not allow me to download Windows Installation Media using the Windows Key from my system (used Belarc Advisor) as it says it is invalid. I contacted both Microsoft (wants to sell me a Windows Key) and Acer (wants to sell me recovery media). It appears Microsoft has changed the rules since I last purchased a computer as I assumed I paid for a valid Windows Key when I purchased my computer. Am I missing something (i.e. the village idiot) for thinking I paid for Windows 8.1 with my laptop and should have the ability to install it on a new hard drive?

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  2. #12

    Posts : 120
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Try downloading the media from here
    Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help

    It doesn't ask you for a product key during the download/creation process and should just read the key from your UEFI firmware when installing. If not entering your key from Belarc during installation will work fine.
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  3. #13

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1

    Thanks Maltesespace....downloading it now. Will report results.
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