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BIOS-embedded Windows 8 product keys - reinstall troubles?

  1. #31


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    Quote Originally Posted by aramil View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Bios updates could be interesting? Right now for a Windows 7 PC it's a one BIOS fits all deal. My Turbo 5 Model 3 has the same BIOS as any Turbo 5 Model 3. They all have the same OEM SLIC table and matching product Code. With OA3.0 Each Turbo 5 Model 3 has a unique BIOS all its own. The flash routine is going to have to pull the hash from the current BIOS and add it to the new one. Or the manufacturer is going to have to issue a unique (updated) BIOS for each PC on a one on one basis. Anyway, to make a long story short. If this process fails, flashing your BIOS could break your OEM activation. I can see a good chance of another round of "this PC is not genuine" complaints in the future.
    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.
    Ah. I wonder if it's possible to move the slic to a separate chip, possibly a removable (and therefore optional) one?

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  2. #32


    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.
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  3. #33


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    Quote Originally Posted by aramil View Post
    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.
    Exactly what I was trying to say.
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  4. #34


    It is an issue for me. I have new Dell laptop bought from Best Buy. Best Buy refused to give me my Windows 8.1 key unless I pay $99- which I refused. Yesterday, I tried to create a new partition, since then, my Windows cannot boot up. Though I have created an USB Recovery, but it doesn't work. The Recovery stopped at 53% forever. I phoned up Dell, Dell also refused to support and turned me back to Best Buy. If there a way the I can find my Windows 8.1 key will solve all problem, but how?
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  5. #35


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    I posted how to find the key in the other thread. What are you going to do with it once you find it though? Product Key - Find for Windows 8
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  6. #36


    My Dell laptop is only 4 months new. Since I created a new partition yesterday, my Windows 8.1 no longer boot up. My USB Recovery cannot recover it. No way I can use 3rd party software to find out my Windows 8.1 Key. If I have the key, I think I can get a ISO image file from Dell. So I can re-install my Windows 8.1 back to my Dell laptop. That's what I thought.
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  7. #37


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    Quote Originally Posted by ccpyue View Post
    My Dell laptop is only 4 months new. Since I created a new partition yesterday, my Windows 8.1 no longer boot up. My USB Recovery cannot recover it. No way I can use 3rd party software to find out my Windows 8.1 Key. If I have the key, I think I can get a ISO image file from Dell. So I can re-install my Windows 8.1 back to my Dell laptop. That's what I thought.
    Knowing what your key is likely won't help you with Dell. They probably could care less what it is. Proof of ownership and date of purchase should be all they need. You may have to order a set of recovery disks from them and hope they work.
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  8. #38


    How to order recovery disk from Dell or from Best Buy?
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  9. #39


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    Quote Originally Posted by ccpyue View Post
    How to order recovery disk from Dell or from Best Buy?
    Dell support.
    http://support.dell.com/support/edoc...rting_DFIR.htm
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  10. #40


    Is there any charge on ordering the Recovery disk if my Dell is only 4 months' new?
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