What would happen if the hard drive failed or I got really bad malware which prevents Windows RE from being used on a OEM PC? Is there a way to clean install Windows 8.1? I know it might be different from Win7 because of the new UEFI implementations.
I was looking around in the control panel and I found the system section. It had a part in it that showed my product key. Is this my actual product key for reinstalling or is it an identifier? I do like it that I can find it on OEM PCs but I don't want people looking through my control panel for it.