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BIOS-embedded Windows 8 product keys - reinstall troubles?

  1. #41


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    Quote Originally Posted by ccpyue View Post
    Is there any charge on ordering the Recovery disk if my Dell is only 4 months' new?
    There likely will be, as it was you that messed it up. I'm not trying to be a smart @ss, but its definitely not their fault. They won't consider it a defect that's for sure.

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  2. #42


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    I have one of these machines. I have replaced the hard drive with an SSD, and even used a clean version of Windows 8.1 instead of the OEM reimage. I have had zero problems, and in fact love it. It automatically associates the OEM license with my new version of Windows. So I still have my other license, and don't have to worry about the license locking on me at some point for multiple reinstalls. Personally, I love the design.
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  3. #43


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    Quote Originally Posted by MrBill View Post
    I have one of these machines. I have replaced the hard drive with an SSD, and even used a clean version of Windows 8.1 instead of the OEM reimage. I have had zero problems, and in fact love it. It automatically associates the OEM license with my new version of Windows. So I still have my other license, and don't have to worry about the license locking on me at some point for multiple reinstalls. Personally, I love the design.
    Yea, if you have retail disc or an ISO it is great. But many people fail to to make any image or backup media of their OEM install then something like this happens and they have nothing to recover with.
    Live and learn as they say.
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  4. #44


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MrBill View Post
    I have one of these machines. I have replaced the hard drive with an SSD, and even used a clean version of Windows 8.1 instead of the OEM reimage. I have had zero problems, and in fact love it. It automatically associates the OEM license with my new version of Windows. So I still have my other license, and don't have to worry about the license locking on me at some point for multiple reinstalls. Personally, I love the design.
    Yea, if you have retail disc or an ISO it is great. But many people fail to to make any image or backup media of their OEM install then something like this happens and they have nothing to recover with.
    Live and learn as they say.

    yes Popeye, you 100% correct. But it is too late for someone like me. Till now, I still confused on the function of "Factory Default Recovery". If I created this "Factory Default Recovery" disks, in future, when my laptop down or crashed, can I use these "Factory Default Recovery" disks to re-install my Windows OS? if yes, is that means these Disks have containing the Window ISO file inside?
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  5. #45


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    Quote Originally Posted by ccpyue View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MrBill View Post
    I have one of these machines. I have replaced the hard drive with an SSD, and even used a clean version of Windows 8.1 instead of the OEM reimage. I have had zero problems, and in fact love it. It automatically associates the OEM license with my new version of Windows. So I still have my other license, and don't have to worry about the license locking on me at some point for multiple reinstalls. Personally, I love the design.
    Yea, if you have retail disc or an ISO it is great. But many people fail to to make any image or backup media of their OEM install then something like this happens and they have nothing to recover with.
    Live and learn as they say.

    yes Popeye, you 100% correct. But it is too late for someone like me. Till now, I still confused on the function of "Factory Default Recovery". If I created this "Factory Default Recovery" disks, in future, when my laptop down or crashed, can I use these "Factory Default Recovery" disks to re-install my Windows OS? if yes, is that means these Disks have containing the Window ISO file inside?
    Yes, basically, but normally they are wim files versus ISO and some manufacturers allow creation of discs while others flash drives and some both. Acer has a utility that only creates a USB recovery stick, no disc(s).
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  6. #46


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    Quote Originally Posted by MrBill View Post
    I have one of these machines. I have replaced the hard drive with an SSD, and even used a clean version of Windows 8.1 instead of the OEM reimage. I have had zero problems, and in fact love it. It automatically associates the OEM license with my new version of Windows. So I still have my other license, and don't have to worry about the license locking on me at some point for multiple reinstalls. Personally, I love the design.
    My ASUS laptop came with Windows 8.0. If I use my 8.0 TechNet ISO the embedded product code is used automatically and 8.0 Core is installed. Activates automatically online too. As far as I know my TechNet ISO's are identical to Retail Disks. If I use an 8.1 ISO the embedded code is ignored and I get prompted to enter one. I could install with a generic code and activate with my 8.0 code but its just easier to enter one of my TechNet keys. That way I can skip the extra step to upgrade to Pro, which I would do anyway.
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  7. #47


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    What was the question here? I think I missed it.
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  8. #48


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    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ccpyue View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post

    Yea, if you have retail disc or an ISO it is great. But many people fail to to make any image or backup media of their OEM install then something like this happens and they have nothing to recover with.
    Live and learn as they say.

    yes Popeye, you 100% correct. But it is too late for someone like me. Till now, I still confused on the function of "Factory Default Recovery". If I created this "Factory Default Recovery" disks, in future, when my laptop down or crashed, can I use these "Factory Default Recovery" disks to re-install my Windows OS? if yes, is that means these Disks have containing the Window ISO file inside?
    Yes, basically, but normally they are wim files versus ISO and some manufacturers allow creation of discs while others flash drives and some both. Acer has a utility that only creates a USB recovery stick, no disc(s).
    Yeah, with the recovery media its not so much installing as it is restoring an image. After the recovery its back to the OOBE, Out Of the Box Experience. It's just like it was the first time you turned it on. The recovery media contains an image of the original factory install.
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  9. #49


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    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    What was the question here? I think I missed it.

    Yea, all over the place.
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  10. #50


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    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    What was the question here? I think I missed it.
    The bump to this old thread was to ask how to find out what the embedded BIOS key was. And to state the it being hidden was a potential issue for that user.
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