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  1. #71


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Yeah, but how do I get my embedded code now? The vbs script is just going to display the product code currently in use. In my case that will be my Media Center key. That's what I got the last time I ran a scrip that was floating around here.

    I ran it while OEM version was still installed, for backup purposes since I've expected key prompts like now. Didn't trusted the "automatic" system: key has to be shown somewhere and that's why I stepped in in time to retrieve it for my clean installs.

    Probably the BIOS doesn't display it (possible hidden menu's...) and you might try all boot prompts F1 to F12 for extra options.
    The Recovery partition the manufacturer put on your disk drive has to contain the OEM key somewhere but I don't know where.

    These are just some suggestions where to look, if the key is saved as most believe, there has to be a way to retrieve it. The vbs-script shows the currently installed version's key indeed.
    I have TechNet keys so its no big deal for me. My Windows 8.0 TechNet install media reads it OK, but the TechNet 8.1 ISO does not. I've been though all the BIOS menu's and didn't see it listed. The factory recovery partition is long gone, that's an image file anyway. Without my TechNet key I would have been in a pickle that's for sure.

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  2. #72


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    Get it with this: RwPortableV1.6.4.zip
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  3. #73


    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    I'm also a bit confused...Apps have not in my experience differed in origin when updating, AFAIK...

    .. I think perhaps Waltc may be referring to..

    Refresh your PC without affecting your files


    • The apps that came with your PC or you installed from Windows Store will be reinstalled, but any apps you installed from other websites and DVDs will be removed. Windows puts a list of the removed apps on your desktop after refreshing your PC.
    Bingo.... (I gave you fair warning...the gray cells are dying off at a prodigious rate...)

    First, I forgot the the fact that Win8 doesn't like doing upgrades from DVD boots--as in I booted to the burned install DVD, selected the recommended "upgrade" install option--and then the program tells me, "Did you think we were *really* going to let you upgrade from here? Well, we aren't--reboot and run the upgrade from your Win8 boot, 'kay?"

    Yeah, that was nice. ( Next, I get "refresh" language confused with "upgrade" language--although I certainly do think that Microsoft should be consistent when it says, "apps," don't you? When upgrading within 8.0 "apps" apparently means "all of the programs installed on your system", but when doing a "refresh" suddenly "apps" means "only those programs installed via the Microsoft store."

    Thanks, Superfly. Tell the truth, Microsoft has done and said so many contradictory things this year--2013 has to be a record for Microsoft misstatements, turn-arounds, and bloopers. It's a wonder any of us has a decent handle on things, anymore, because it doesn't appear that Microsoft does.

    I mean--just look at this situation...First Microsoft says, "Were doing 8.1 RTM beginning today but we aren't releasing to the public/developer community until October 18 (or thereabouts)." Predictably, the RTM is leaked and Microsoft goes ahead and releases to the public/developer, anyway. Then there's the whole "We aren't releasing an iso to consumers" Microsoft-employee blog, which seems like an incredible statement since 8.1 will be replacing 8.0 on retail shelves very soon (as we have already discussed.)

    This entire year, Microsoft announcements--then retractions--have often sounded like they were coming from people who had never been a part of a Windows release before and for whom the whole thing was a brand-new experience. But the fact is that many of those people responsible for making the bad decisions this year had been at Microsoft for years--and *should* have known better (Mattrick and the xBone fiasco, for instance.) Weird & strange times, no doubt about it.
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  4. #74


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    If I find time later, I will test with the Retail option, may be the OEM manufacturer's will work the same.

    Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.
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  5. #75


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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Get it with this: RwPortableV1.6.4.zip
    You wouldn't happen to know where to look once you launch that utility?
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  6. #76


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    ACPI Table > MSDM tab. Product key is at the bottom.
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  7. #77


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    Thinking about this a bit more. May be it does read the embedded code but because its a Windows 8.0 code it ignores it? It's looking for an 8.1 code on a full install. Just for fun I did try entering one of my TechNet Windows 8.0 product codes and it wouldn't except that. I didn't get anywhere until I entered an actual 8.1 product code.
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  8. #78


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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    ACPI Table > MSDM tab. Product key is at the bottom.
    Thank you, that would appear to be it.
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  9. #79


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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    ACPI Table > MSDM tab. Product key is at the bottom.
    Thank you, that would appear to be it.
    Good finding!

    I thought about RWEverything but the portable one mentioned uses the same options.

    Thanks SIW2 for the help.
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  10. #80


    Hi guys, thanx for the info.. was just wondering..

    If you use a pid.txt with the default installation key, it should skip that initial request for a key, but will it still then require manual input of your OEM key from the bios ie. setup does not grab it like a it would for an original edition install and overwrite the initial key - so that all one would need to do is click 'activate now' or something?

    If not, to automate one would then have to have a setupcomplete script to -upk and -ipk (with correct OEM key) and activate -ato?
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