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Refresh Windows 8 - Create and Use Custom Recovery Image

  1. #200


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Wolfgang,

    Did you already try the OEM key from OPTION FIVE below? This is usually the embedded key.

    Product Key - Find for Windows 8

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  2. #201


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    No I did not try that yet. I used "Key" which I got from Belarc and that looked something like this:

    00266-XXXXX-XXXXX-BBOEM (Key: 4MMQ4-XXXXX-XXXXX-94R2C-JHT6R)
    And I don't really know what that first 20 digits are.

    I will try Option 5 and see what that yields.
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  3. #202


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    that is the Product ID

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  4. #203


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    No I did not try that yet. I used "Key" which I got from Belarc and that looked something like this:

    00266-XXXXX-XXXXX-BBOEM (Key: 4MMQ4-XXXXX-XXXXX-94R2C-JHT6R)
    And I don't really know what that first 20 digits are.

    I will try Option 5 and see what that yields.
    That Product ID (and key) is for Win 8.1 CoreConnected (aka Windows 8.1 with Bing)
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  5. #204


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Thanks guys. I must have brain damage not remembering the product ID. But I may have found a solution with the help of Chris.

    BIOS with no boot options - Page 3 - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  6. #205


    Thanx for the link - that seems quite a nifty tool Been using Paragon's version but it's Grub4Dos based and messes with Grub.

    Anyway that Product ID sems a bit odd - Not sure if it's just Belarc (it reports the Tech Preview as Windows 9) or whether Bing edition has changed from -AAOEM to -BBOEM... Does system properties show the same?
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  7. #206


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    or whether Bing edition has changed from -AAOEM to -BBOEM
    LOL, Nah, I changed it to BB just to scramble the key here.
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  8. #207


    Hello, I'm not sure if this has been asked before, but can you, say, store that custom created image NOT on the C: drive specifically? Store it somewhere on a hidden partition like them OEM developers do for recovering.
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  9. #208


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello PixeliouseFox,

    You can create and save the custom recovery image to any drive letter you like. The note under step 2 can give you more details on how to do this. Unfortunately, it can't be on a hidden partition. It must have a drive letter to be able to register it.

    Hope this helps.
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  10. #209


    Posts : 18
    Windows 8.1


    I created a custom refresh for my Win 8.1 installation and have recently upgraded to 8.1 Pro.

    If I perform a system refresh now, will it refresh the system back to 8.1 non Pro version?

    Regards..,
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