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  1. #11



    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,290
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Are you trying to install through a USB 3.0 port? If you have a USB 2.0 port try that, But first try booting to Windows as normal, let the system fully boot up and make sure you are on line, then place your install media in, open File Explorer, go to the install disk and open it, find and click "setup.exe". This will upgrade/repair install your PC instead of doing a clean install. I would prefer a clean install but also this way you might be able to save some files too.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    Are you trying to install through a USB 3.0 port? If you have a USB 2.0 port try that, But first try booting to Windows as normal, let the system fully boot up and make sure you are on line, then place your install media in, open File Explorer, go to the install disk and open it, find and click "setup.exe". This will upgrade/repair install your PC instead of doing a clean install. I would prefer a clean install but also this way you might be able to save some files too.
    No I just used a DVD, I downloaded it from the Windows media thingy. I'm just making a Toshiba recovery disc at the moment so I'll try after this and see what happens
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  3. #13


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1


    Also I have already backed up my files, the important ones anyway. I lost the rest when I did the system reset the other day. This is the strangest and hardest problem I have ever encountered :/
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  4. #14



    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,290
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    For activation read this tutorial- Activate Windows 8 Online under option in case you over see it is a note:
    If this is an OEM computer that came with Windows 8 or 8.1 preinstalled, then your product key is stored in the UEFI/BIOS firmware chip and will be automatically detected instead.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    For activation read this tutorial- Activate Windows 8 Online under option in case you over see it is a note:
    If this is an OEM computer that came with Windows 8 or 8.1 preinstalled, then your product key is stored in the UEFI/BIOS firmware chip and will be automatically detected instead.
    I know this. But, my problem is: I can't open the settings tab to activte windows. I tried running the Command to activate windows, the online activation won't work and activate by phone doesn't load :s
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  6. #16



    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,290
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Something I just remembered, Brink has a tutorial on repairing Settings, If the tutorial doesn't do it, read the whole thread through, and maybe something else there will.

    PC settings - Fix and Restore in Windows 8.1
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  7. #17


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8.1


    WooHoo!
    I have fixed my problem.

    I had to do the following:

    1. System restore
    2. Load Windows completely
    3. Insert windows 8.1 disc (downloaded from Windows media creator)
    4. Load disc
    5. select install button
    6. when prompted: remove disc and select "boot windows normally"
    7. removed everything. So basically I reinstalled windows but for some reason, my desktop image is still the same.

    Now my windows is reactivated and I don't have to spend more money

    :Phew:

    Thank you Cliff for all of your help and patience
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  8. #18



    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,290
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    You're welcome. You will find that if you use a Microsoft account and sync'd your settings and stuff to OneDrive before, that you should have about the same desktop as before, that's what I love about Windows 8 and 10. Thanks for posting what worked
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