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Dell 660s can't see optical drive after HD replaced

  1. #11

    Not true. The Windows 8.1 installer will read the key from BIOS and it will activate.
    This is true only if you download the right version of Windows 8.1 of coourse.

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    If you get the right one, you will not be asked for a key during install. It will use the one in BIOS.

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  2. #12

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Is it set for UEFI mode? Did you turn Secure Boot off? I think you have to if you want to boot a CD/DVD.

    You could try downloading the latest Windows 8.1 ISO that matches what you had then create a flash drive to install from, see if that work.

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

    Create the ISO then use Rufus to create the flash drive from the ISO. Create a UEFI/GPT style flash drive.
    Boot it and see if you can install.
    Thanks! ISO and Rufus solved it Kudos!
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  3. #13

    Glad to hear it. Hope you like Win 10, I know I do.
    Last edited by Ztruker; 17 Aug 2015 at 14:59.
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