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Windows 8 Key and hard drive locked

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    windows 8

    Windows 8 Key and hard drive locked


    I was surprised when Windows 10 was being uploaded last Thursday morning. I was still not sure about 10 and decided to stay with Windows 8 so I declined the upgrade. My Dell started to reload 8. I made a BIG mistake and shut the system down and found out that my unit is now not working. I did not download the Windows 8 disk when I got my Dell and it is out of warranty. I have a friend that works with Dell and he gave me a recovery disk. I can now boot up to the advance options mode. However it will not recover as I am getting either a hard disk lock and or a disk partition error. When I try to do a complete 8 reinstall from the disk it requires a key. My Dell did not have the key listed on the box as I have been told that it was loaded to the bios on the mother board. Dell support has been no help as they had me run a diagnosis and all checked out. They told me to run the reinstall from my recovery disk. When it asked for the key they said my hard drive must be replaced?



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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    If you are using Dell Recovery Media on a Dell PC and it is asking you for a product Key
    You have the wrong version of windows on that media...

    Home/core requires Standard 8 media
    Pro requires Pro 8 Media..
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    windows 8


    Yes I have an 8.1 recovery and the system was an 8.0.
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    You should be able to clean install windows 8.1 and it should not ask you to enter a product key...
    If windows 8.1 is asking for a product key - then you are trying to install the wrong edition of windows 8.1

    OH WAIT...
    You are using Dell Setup Media... Will Not work...

    Download MS Setup Media > Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help
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Windows 8 Key and hard drive locked
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