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    backup product key


    can I backup product key, format and reinstall windows 8.1 and then restore product key?

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    If your machine came preinstalled with Win8.1, it's most likely UEFI and in that case, the product key is stored in a chip on the motherboard. When you reinstall the same version, it will reactivate automatically.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    If your machine came preinstalled with Win8.1, it's most likely UEFI and in that case, the product key is stored in a chip on the motherboard. When you reinstall the same version, it will reactivate automatically.
    i understood what you mean but,
    original thread: new laptop with preinstalled software
    on that forums, i don't feel like uninstall bloatware with that tool, so i changed my mind to downloaded official windows 8.1 so can i format and clean install and getting rid of bloatware?
    Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help
    Last edited by f2456; 14 Aug 2015 at 23:08.
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    Quote Originally Posted by f2456 View Post
    so can i format and clean install and getting rid of bloatware?
    How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key. -> link
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    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by f2456 View Post
    so can i format and clean install and getting rid of bloatware?
    How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key. -> link
    thanks so much!
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