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Need to Replace HDD without HP Media

  1. #1


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    Windows 8 home premium

    Need to Replace HDD without HP Media


    Have an HP Pavilion p7-1439 tower. The hard drive has gone bad so I have to buy a new one. I also have no reinstall media from HP, although I do have several W8 disks, two of which I downloaded from links supplied by this forum.

    If I pop in a new drive will I be prompted for a product key? Of course W8 no longer has the COA sticker with the 25 character key. Since it's now embedded in the BIOS I have no clue what the key is.

    HP wants to charge me $63.55 for reinstallation media which would be a flash drive, not a disk. If I can't use any of my non-HP W8 disks I have to consider whether this is worth the price of a new HDD + the HP media.

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  2. #2


    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 634
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    Exactly what Windows, and which Windows OEM or MS retail, did this computer originally ship with?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 135
    Windows 8 Pro


    If you install the correct version of Windows (Home or Pro), it will not ask for a product key, it will automatically read the key in the BIOS and install the version that matches your key. It will also automatically activate. If it does ask for a key, you are installing the wrong version. If your computer came with Windows 8 Home N, and you try to install Windows 8 Home without the N, it will not activate.

    The new Windows 8.1 ISO's will now accept Windows 8 and 8.1 product keys.
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