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Need help formatted genuine windows 8 in lenovo


anas55

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i was unaware that by making partitions in my ideapad z500 it will destroy the one key recovery. i made partitions in my hdd and my OKR was gone. After a while my windows start chrashing i guess it was some problem in registry. i formatted my system and with the help of rufus(which made my usb UFEI) i was able to install windows 8 from a pirated iso i got from my friend, but in the process i had to format OEM AND MSR partitions which were factory made. know when i try activating it, it wont ask me about the key(i had noted down the key of my windows before formatting it thanks to bellarch) and also the product id mentioned is not the same as it was earlier. i tried downloading windows 8 from microsoft website but when i provide the product key again it wont download. please seek help i can make my windows genuine.
 

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theog

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Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

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We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD. (Windows 8 only)
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/5132-recovery-drive-create-usb-flash-drive-windows-8-a.html
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2855-system-repair-disc-create-windows-8-a.html (Windows 8 only)



I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
How to make Lenovo Windows 8 Recovery DVD
Lenovo Solution Center shows CD/DVD recovery media for Microsoft Windows 8 - ThinkCentre, ThinkStation, ThinkPad, IdeaPad, IdeaCentre
sf13_d0030pic1.jpg
or
You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.
You can Order Lenovo Recovery Disks from here:
Lenovo Support - Home (US)
Click on Parts & Accessories.
 

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caperjack

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pirated iso used to install windows /partitions deleted ,so a little late to make recovery's I think
 

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    win8.1.1 enterprise
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    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Hinze57
    CPU
    AMD FX 6100 6core 3.30gHz
    Motherboard
    gigibyte ga-78lmy-s2p
    Memory
    4gig ddr3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radon hd5000 Series
    Sound Card
    onboard realtek hd
    Monitor(s) Displays
    19" viewsonic/ 22"Samsung
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    128gig ssd Kingston
    80gig WD 10000 rpm spinner
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    microsoft curve 200
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anas55

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Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

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We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD. (Windows 8 only)
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/5132-recovery-drive-create-usb-flash-drive-windows-8-a.html
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2855-system-repair-disc-create-windows-8-a.html (Windows 8 only)




I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
How to make Lenovo Windows 8 Recovery DVD
Lenovo Solution Center shows CD/DVD recovery media for Microsoft Windows 8 - ThinkCentre, ThinkStation, ThinkPad, IdeaPad, IdeaCentre
View attachment 34612
or
You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.
You can Order Lenovo Recovery Disks from here:
Lenovo Support - Home (US)
Click on Parts & Accessories.






is there any method which let me install windows and let me put my windows key that i had...
 

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How old is your Lenovo? I would contact Lenovo and explain your situation and see if they would send you your winodws media isntall disk for free. If not you could purchase a copy for a small fee.

https://www.lenovorecovery.com/Extranet/Home.aspx
 

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    Gigabyte GA-MA790X-DS4
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You could try this, http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/8855-product-key-number-change-windows-8-a.html . That will only work though if your key matches the installed version. If your key is for Core and Pro is installed you are SOL. The reality is though that you don't know what was modified on that pirated version, so you are at a big risk that your system is compromised in a very bad way. It could be infected with a key logger or other nasty. Do you know anybody that has a Retail Windows 8 DVD? All you need is the DVD or ISO. Official Windows 8.0 install media will read your embedded OEM key automatically and install the matching version, Core or Pro.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
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    PC/Desktop
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    Asus
    CPU
    AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS M4N68T-M V2 µATX Motherboard
    Memory
    8GB 4GBx2 Kingston PC10600 DDR3 1333 Memory
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA Geforce GT640 2 Gig DDR3 PCIe
    Sound Card
    VIA VT1708s High Definition Audio 8-channel Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    22" LG E2242 1080p and 2 19" I-INC AG191D
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024 - 1920x1080 - 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    Crucial MX100 256 GB SSD and 500 GB WD Blue SATA
    PSU
    Thermaltake TR 620
    Case
    Power Up Black ATX Mid-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Stock heatsink fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless K350 Wave
    Mouse
    Logitech M570 Trackball and T650 TouchPad
    Internet Speed
    80 Mbps Down 30 Mbps Up
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    HP DVD1040e Lightscribe - External USB2

anas55

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You could try this, http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/8855-product-key-number-change-windows-8-a.html . That will only work though if your key matches the installed version. If your key is for Core and Pro is installed you are SOL. The reality is though that you don't know what was modified on that pirated version, so you are at a big risk that your system is compromised in a very bad way. It could be infected with a key logger or other nasty. Do you know anybody that has a Retail Windows 8 DVD? All you need is the DVD or ISO. Official Windows 8.0 install media will read your embedded OEM key automatically and install the matching version, Core or Pro.



can i please get information about windows 8 type and version that comes with lenovo z500 laptop. And if possible to please get me the link of same windows version .iso file
 

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genet

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Tip   Tip

The free Windows 10 upgrade offer expires after July 29th, 2016.

How to directly clean install Windows 10 without having to upgrade first.

If you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key, the Windows 10 installer should automatically detect product key from UEFI firmware (BIOS) and you will be taken straight to the License Agreement screen. When installation is finished, Windows 10 will be activated automatically, if your internet connection is up and running.

But if you are being prompted for a product key, it means that you have the wrong installation media and that's when the Windows 10 installer can't detect Windows 8/8.1 product key from UEFI firmware (BIOS). Note: Do not select the "I don't have a product key" option, because activation is not successful. You need to download the correct installation media of Windows 10.

How to create a bootable Windows 10 USB flash drive or DVD. -> link


How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key.

For example, if you want to get rid of the bloatware apps or if Refresh/Reset does not work. Or if you switch to a new hard drive to your computer and if the Windows 8/8.1 recovery USB flash drive is not able to install Windows 8/8.1 to a blank hard drive (see this link for help).

Note: This Windows 8.1 installation media accepts Windows 8/8.1 product keys, both OEM and retail (for example, "Windows 8 Pro $15/$40 Upgrade Offer" product key).

1. Create installation media for Windows 8.1

- The Windows Installation Media Creation Tool works on Windows 7/8/8.1/10.
- The download succeeds without product key.
- Both the 64-bit installation media (USB flash drive and DVD) can be booted in both UEFI and Legacy BIOS boot mode. Both the 64-bit installation media are also compatible with Secure Boot.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows8
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Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help

Note: You need to download the correct version of Windows 8.1 that matches your UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key.

Select the language for the installation media (see screenshot below). You can choose any language you like, if you want to perform a clean installation of Windows 8.1.

Create installation media 1.png

- If you have an OEM computer that came with Windows 8/8.1 preinstalled, you need to download Windows 8.1.
- If you have an OEM computer that came with Windows 8/8.1 Pro preinstalled, you need to download Windows 8.1 Pro.

- If you have an OEM computer that came with Windows 8/8.1 Single Language preinstalled, you need to download Windows 8.1 Single Language. In Windows 8/8.1 Single Language you can change your keyboard layout language, but you can't change your Windows display language.

Note: You will not find the correct installation media, if you have an OEM computer that came with Windows 8.1 with Bing or Windows 8.1 Single Language with Bing preinstalled.

Create installation media 2.png

- If you have an OEM computer that came with Windows 8/8.1 32-bit preinstalled, you need to download Windows 8.1 32-bit.
- If you have an OEM computer that came with Windows 8/8.1 64-bit preinstalled, you need to download Windows 8.1 64-bit.

Create installation media 3.png

Select either USB flash drive or ISO file (see screenshot below).

Note: You need at least 8 GB USB flash drive (if you select option "USB flash drive").

Create installation media 4.png

Create installation media 5.png

Create installation media 6.png

Create installation media 7.png

If you previously selected the ISO file option and once the ISO file is created, select the Open DVD burner option (see screenshot below).

Create installation media 8.png

2. Clean install Windows 8.1 from USB/DVD.

Normally, you do not need to change the UEFI firmware (BIOS) settings. For example, you do not need to change the boot order of drives, or disable Secure Boot, or enable Legacy BIOS (aka CSM) boot mode. But on some computers, you may need to enable the boot menu before you can access it.

- Connect your Windows 8.1 USB flash drive or insert your Windows 8.1 DVD.
- Restart the computer.
- Press the correct key to enter the boot menu (see this link for help). Or, if you have a Lenovo laptop, you can also press the NOVO button when the computer is turned off and then select "Boot Menu".
- Select your USB/DVD from the boot menu (see screenshots below).

Lenovo Boot Menu - USB.png

Lenovo Boot Menu - DVD.png

Tip   Tip
Select the Repair your computer option (see screenshot below) if you want to repair your computer, for example, "Reset your PC" or "System Restore".

-or-

Press SHIFT+F10 to bring up the command prompt if you want to manually repair your computer, for example, you want to repair by using the bcdboot command.

Windows Setup.png


After you have selected the Install now option (see screenshot above).

Note: If you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key, the Windows 8.1 installer should automatically detect product key from UEFI firmware (BIOS) and you will be taken straight to the License Agreement screen.

Note: If you are being prompted for a product key, it means that you have the wrong installation media and that's when the Windows 8.1 installer can't detect Windows 8/8.1 product key from UEFI firmware (BIOS).

On the Which type of installation do you want? screen, select the "Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)" option (see screenshot below).

Which type of installation do you want.png

warning   Warning
Do not delete the partitions on your hard drive, if you have important files on your hard drive and you will not be able to backup your important files.

- Select the partition on which Windows is installed (see screenshot below).
- Click on the "Next" button.

Windows.old folder 1.png

- You will receive the following message (see screenshot below): If the partition you've chosen contains files from a previous Windows installation, these files and folders will be moved to a folder named Windows.old. You'll be able to access Windows.old, but you won't be able to use your previous version of Windows.

- Click on the "OK" button.
- The installation of Windows will begin.

Windows.old folder 2.png

Be sure to copy any files that you may want out of the Windows.old folder before you delete it.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2527-windows-old-folder-delete-windows-8-a.html


If you want to do a complete clean install and if you have backed up your important files.

On the Where do you want to install Windows? screen, you'll need to delete all of the partitions (see screenshot below). Select a partition and click on the "Delete" option for each partition.

Where do you want to install Windows.png

Once you have deleted all of the partitions, you only see Drive 0 Unallocated Space (see screenshot below).

Click on the "Next" button. The installation of Windows will begin. All the required partitions are created automatically during the install.

Or, if you know what you're doing, you can click on the "New" button and create a separate data partition.

Drive 0 Unallocated Space.png

3. When installation is finished.

- Right click on the Start button and select the "System" option.

Note: When installation is finished, Windows 8.1 will be activated automatically, if your internet connection is up and running (see screenshot below).

Windows is activated.png

Other instructions.

- Here is info about UEFI Boot Mode (installing using the GPT partition style) and Legacy BIOS Boot Mode (installing using the MBR partition style). -> link
- How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 if you don't have an OEM computer that came with Windows 8/8.1 preinstalled. -> link
- How to transfer Windows 8/8.1 license to new computer. -> link
- How to split the system partition to two partitions. -> link
- How to boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8/10. -> link

How to view Windows 8/8.1 OEM product key from UEFI firmware (BIOS).

Open the command prompt and type (or copy and paste) the following command.

Code:
WMIC Path SoftwareLicensingService Get OA3xOriginalProductKey
View Windows 8 product key from UEFI firmware.png

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http://www.tenforums.com/software-apps/2577-showkey.html#post160472

ShowKeyPlus.png
 
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  • OS
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Lenovo G580
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-3230M
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
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theog

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You could try this, http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/8855-product-key-number-change-windows-8-a.html . That will only work though if your key matches the installed version. If your key is for Core and Pro is installed you are SOL. The reality is though that you don't know what was modified on that pirated version, so you are at a big risk that your system is compromised in a very bad way. It could be infected with a key logger or other nasty. Do you know anybody that has a Retail Windows 8 DVD? All you need is the DVD or ISO. Official Windows 8.0 install media will read your embedded OEM key automatically and install the matching version, Core or Pro.



can i please get information about windows 8 type and version that comes with lenovo z500 laptop. And if possible to please get me the link of same windows version .iso file
https://www.lenovorecovery.com/Extranet/Home.aspx
 

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
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    Notebooks x 3

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I can't link you to an official ISO download, there isn't any other than TechNet and MSDN and those are subscription services. The only other way to get it legally is this, http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/18309-windows-8-windows-8-1-iso-download-create.html. You need a Retail key to download though. As far as what version was installed check for a COA sticker on the bottom of your laptop. If it says 8 Pro it was Pro if it just says Windows 8 it's likely just Core. Other than that your looking at getting recovery media from the manufacturer.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Asus
    CPU
    AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS M4N68T-M V2 µATX Motherboard
    Memory
    8GB 4GBx2 Kingston PC10600 DDR3 1333 Memory
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA Geforce GT640 2 Gig DDR3 PCIe
    Sound Card
    VIA VT1708s High Definition Audio 8-channel Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    22" LG E2242 1080p and 2 19" I-INC AG191D
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024 - 1920x1080 - 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    Crucial MX100 256 GB SSD and 500 GB WD Blue SATA
    PSU
    Thermaltake TR 620
    Case
    Power Up Black ATX Mid-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Stock heatsink fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless K350 Wave
    Mouse
    Logitech M570 Trackball and T650 TouchPad
    Internet Speed
    80 Mbps Down 30 Mbps Up
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    HP DVD1040e Lightscribe - External USB2
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How to clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8 product key?

...

Had to join the forum just to say a big hearty thank you to genet for these instructions! I don't know what I'd have done without them, they've certainly saved me hours of time, if not days and/or the purchase of a new license.

Little tip for anyone in my predicament: HDD screwed, no recovery disk, no physical backup BUT settings backed up to OneDrive. Windows installer on a new blank hard drive did restore settings and apps, which eased the pain a lot. The rest of the pain - desktop apps, music, media, documents: all either lost or painstaking work to restore - well I guess I deserved it.
 

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genet

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@tomwwagstaff:

So nice to hear that it was helpful to you.
 

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    Windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Lenovo G580
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-3230M
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, standard user account
    Other Info
    UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8 product key.

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What version can be installed؟

i have a windows 8 core edition oem product key. can i clean install windows 8.1 enterprise edition with uefi media? :sarc:
 

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caperjack

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i have a windows 8 core edition oem product key. can i clean install windows 8.1 enterprise edition with uefi media? :sarc:
yes ,if you have enterprise key ,the enterprise install will ignore the oem key that stored in the bios ,and ask you for the enterprise key
 

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  • OS
    win8.1.1 enterprise
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Hinze57
    CPU
    AMD FX 6100 6core 3.30gHz
    Motherboard
    gigibyte ga-78lmy-s2p
    Memory
    4gig ddr3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radon hd5000 Series
    Sound Card
    onboard realtek hd
    Monitor(s) Displays
    19" viewsonic/ 22"Samsung
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    128gig ssd Kingston
    80gig WD 10000 rpm spinner
    Case
    micro
    Keyboard
    microsoft curve 200
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless M215
    Internet Speed
    high speed 20
    Browser
    ie 11
    Antivirus
    windows defender
    Other Info
    updated enterprise apr 2/14

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i have a windows 8 core edition oem product key. can i clean install windows 8.1 enterprise edition with uefi media? :sarc:
Yes, you can clean install Enterprise if you want, you can't use your 8 Core key to activate it though. You'll need an enterprise key for that.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Asus
    CPU
    AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS M4N68T-M V2 µATX Motherboard
    Memory
    8GB 4GBx2 Kingston PC10600 DDR3 1333 Memory
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA Geforce GT640 2 Gig DDR3 PCIe
    Sound Card
    VIA VT1708s High Definition Audio 8-channel Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    22" LG E2242 1080p and 2 19" I-INC AG191D
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024 - 1920x1080 - 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    Crucial MX100 256 GB SSD and 500 GB WD Blue SATA
    PSU
    Thermaltake TR 620
    Case
    Power Up Black ATX Mid-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Stock heatsink fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless K350 Wave
    Mouse
    Logitech M570 Trackball and T650 TouchPad
    Internet Speed
    80 Mbps Down 30 Mbps Up
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    HP DVD1040e Lightscribe - External USB2

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i have a windows 8 core edition oem product key. can i clean install windows 8.1 enterprise edition with uefi media? :sarc:
yes ,if you have enterprise key ,the enterprise install will ignore the oem key that stored in the bios ,and ask you for the enterprise key
Windows 8.1 (core pro) install media will ignore it also, and prompt you for a key. 8.0 Enterprise will also ignore the OEM key.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Asus
    CPU
    AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS M4N68T-M V2 µATX Motherboard
    Memory
    8GB 4GBx2 Kingston PC10600 DDR3 1333 Memory
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA Geforce GT640 2 Gig DDR3 PCIe
    Sound Card
    VIA VT1708s High Definition Audio 8-channel Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    22" LG E2242 1080p and 2 19" I-INC AG191D
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024 - 1920x1080 - 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    Crucial MX100 256 GB SSD and 500 GB WD Blue SATA
    PSU
    Thermaltake TR 620
    Case
    Power Up Black ATX Mid-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Stock heatsink fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless K350 Wave
    Mouse
    Logitech M570 Trackball and T650 TouchPad
    Internet Speed
    80 Mbps Down 30 Mbps Up
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    HP DVD1040e Lightscribe - External USB2

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If refresh or reset doesn't work from the manufacturer recovery partition or from the Windows 8/8.1 recovery USB flash drive, you can do a clean installation of Windows 8.1 (see the instructions below). etc....
genet ty very very much I just joined to say that :dinesh:

I was a victim of having an early version 8 OEM which crashed and no recovery utilities worked.. but getting it to the point of the re-install (after learning to save the data first) was all down to having your post open for the last few days.. then when i eventually got to step 3-4 it went like clockwork, I recovered by OEM key no problem and the iso activated as you said :D
 

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So nice to hear that it was helpful to you. :)
 

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  • OS
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Lenovo G580
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-3230M
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, standard user account
    Other Info
    UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8 product key.

ricak

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Hi, I have a quick question genet.

I have a lenovo u430 with windows 8.1 in it (no Pro, no Ultimate... under My Computer properties it only says "Windows 8.1")
It has several partitions... Windows partition, recovery partition and 2 other partitions (hidden or with no name...) I'll upload a picture once I get home. My question is, if I want to install windows 8.1 from scratch can I wipe every partition? is there any problem?
Thank you

edit:
I really want to install windows from scratch and delete every single partition. I want my computer to be MY way... im just not sure that if I delete any of the hidden partitions will brick the laptop.
I've formatted plenty of computer, but this is the first one that has hidden partitions in it...

edit2:
and in case I can go through with this and install windows 8.1 OEM should I look for ?this 4652DC6EBFEBE02C6A63E167C36E3FAEDFB93999
?
 
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