Way back when Windows 95 introduced the Start button, I saw the same arguments in reverse. In Windows 3.1, we did the equivalent of pinning by putting the app's launch icon on the desktop or in a folder (like fences does).
There was a huge controversy when the Start button was introduced...
No but you might be able to replace the bios chip with a none windows enabled one.
But why? As it is only a key/table for the software and windows has had this in OEM bioses since xp. It's just encrypted for windows 8. It's not like this is new.
OA3tool generates this at build as well as all needed hardware hashes etc.
The OA3 is stored in a section of the BIOS that is marked as locked to prevent changes (unlike the slic tables for older windows). And so is not included in the flashable bioses from the manufacturer.
Return your bios to stock speeds and setting and retest.
Should show if it's a hardware problem. Although looking at some of the screenies looks like an OC issue.
But at least it will rule faulty HW in or out.
Look out for that large random chunk of rock............ or the fact that we are nasty to each other (wars)........ or the fact that that some bug/virus could do the job for us...... or that fact that our messing around with the climate/bugs/viruses could do it to ourselves.........
Made with Microsoft's deployment tools (ADK) for win 8.
Not a tool to play around with, but very good for deploying multiple exact copys of an OS.
Ok after a nice chat with with someone in the know here is the deal:
Standard retail discs (system builder) has no EI.cfg file and so will install whatever version it see's in the bios (if it see's nothing it will prompt for key). You can then Use the supplied key in add features...
I agree where are you OS wise and what do you want to achieve?
Volume licencing for windows 8 is a minimum of 25 clients so not usable here.
But ATM cheap upgrades as long as it is not going to break any older software you use.
Hi jimbo at work ATM but I have installed retail windows 8 pro (SYS BLD)on an acer e1-571 (came with 8 core) without issue.
Nb. You only need to dissable secure boot for a non-windows 8 (atm Fedora coming soon) install. Just boot to the DVD/usb and install.
Sorry buy the title is a bit...
with win8 every OEM BIOS has a uniqe KEY and a hardware hash.
so my ASUS PC OEM bios has a different KEY then your ASUS PC OEM bios.
even when these PC systems are identical builds.
the unique key for the OEM system is also stored in a microsoft database that will contain millions of unique...