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Windows 7: oem pre installed windows 8 new laptop

15 Jan 2014   #1
skeggy

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oem pre installed windows 8 new laptop

hi I had new laptop with win 8 pre installed activated it did not like so formatted and installed windows 7 with new product key activated. I have been reading the forums and am led to believe windows 8 product key is stored in the bios of my laptop. if I use a usb flash drive with windows 8 oem installed will it activate itself or do I have to search bios to find key. I dont want to use windows 8 I am just curious,thanks.


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15 Jan 2014   #2
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

information   Information

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD. (Windows 8 only)
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 (Windows 8 only)




I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
Windows 8 - Create a Factory Default Backup - Acer Recovery Management - YouTube
Windows 8 - Create a Drivers and Applications Backup - Acer Recovery Management - YouTube
Windows 8 - Restore Windows With a USB Recovery Drive - YouTube
or
You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.
You can Order Acer recovery disks from here:
https://secure.tx.acer.com/RCDB/Main.aspx?brand=acer
or
Acer | Recovery Media
Check in Accessories
or
https://store.acer.com/store?Action=...&SiteID=acerna
or check the main web site.
Acer Worldwide - Select your local country or region

After Reinstalling Windows 8, will ACTIVATE using Product Key in the UEFI/BIOS firmware.
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15 Jan 2014   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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After Reinstalling Windows 8, will ACTIVATE using Product Key in the UEFI/BIOS firmware
Theog, and this is automatic, isn't it. That's a question.
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15 Jan 2014   #4
theog

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YES, Once the PC is on Internet will ACTIVATE within 4 hours.
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15 Jan 2014   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Thanks Theog
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15 Jan 2014   #6
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Official Microsoft Windows 8 install media will read and use the embedded key automatically. You don't get prompted to enter a key and the installed version will match the embedded key. If the embedded key is Core, core is installed, if its Pro you get Pro. Activation is automatically done online once you get an internet connection. That's how it worked on my ASUS Laptop that came with 8 Core OEM. My 8.0 TechNet ISO's read and use the key. 8.1 install media won't though, you'll get prompted to enter a key and it has to be an 8.1 key for the install to continue.
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15 Jan 2014   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I guess they wanted to make it easier by complicating things. So those 8.1 PCs don't have a COA sticker any more ??
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15 Jan 2014   #8
theog

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15 Jan 2014   #9
skeggy

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

sorry I did not explain propperly I did note make any back up or recovery formatted and deleted all partitions custom installed windows 7 ie clean install used windows 7 key and activated. what I am asking is if I purchase online windows 8 oem recovery usb stick will I need a key to activate or will the bios automatically activate the recovery stick is not from microsoft.ie no key
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15 Jan 2014   #10
andrew129260

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
Official Microsoft Windows 8 install media will read and use the embedded key automatically. You don't get prompted to enter a key and the installed version will match the embedded key. If the embedded key is Core, core is installed, if its Pro you get Pro. Activation is automatically done online once you get an internet connection. That's how it worked on my ASUS Laptop that came with 8 Core OEM. My 8.0 TechNet ISO's read and use the key. 8.1 install media won't though, you'll get prompted to enter a key and it has to be an 8.1 key for the install to continue.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I guess they wanted to make it easier by complicating things. So those 8.1 PCs don't have a COA sticker any more ??
And these are just one of the multiple things I hate about windows 8. Its completely ridiculous.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by skeggy View Post
sorry I did not explain propperly I did note make any back up or recovery formatted and deleted all partitions custom installed windows 7 ie clean install used windows 7 key and activated. what I am asking is if I purchase online windows 8 oem recovery usb stick will I need a key to activate or will the bios automatically activate the recovery stick is not from microsoft.ie no key

From what I understand, the key is not needed, it will auto use the one built into the system.
You should be fine.
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