How do i do a fresh install of windows 8.1 without disc?

  Bailey08787 21:29 03 Mar 2014


I have a laptop on order and on it will come a pre-installed version of Windows 8.1, but no disc

I want to take out the HDD and put in a new SSD

How can I install a fresh copy of windows 8.1 on the SSD?


  [DELETED] 17:09 10 Mar 2014

Yes, and worse it will be UEFI rather than BIOS.

  Bailey08787 17:23 10 Mar 2014

So are Belarc making it up when they say their tool can find the windows product key?

  [DELETED] 18:00 10 Mar 2014

No, as it will find a retail key.

  Bailey08787 18:36 10 Mar 2014

So you're saying it won't find the 25 character windows product key?

The key that windows will ask for to complete the installation?

  [DELETED] 18:46 10 Mar 2014

No it won't as it is an oem key within the motherboard. It will find a key on the hard drive but that is only a part of the validation process on a laptop that's done automatically when you restore the laptop. Tied to the motherboard's ID and BIOS or UEFI.

  [DELETED] 19:25 10 Mar 2014

It won't be the correct one as it's part of the manufacturers multi installation of the OS on many machines. It's the key in the registry of the OS and if you try to use this key on installing Win 8 via a disc it will fail so you will not be able to continue to install. If the OS is 'retail', however, not OEM, then that works ok.

  [DELETED] 19:35 10 Mar 2014

Well well. Just ran Belarc on my 'retail' Win 8 pro upgrade, the ID is correct but the key is wrong. Wondering if it's to do with the 8.1 update?

  Bailey08787 19:50 10 Mar 2014

This rw everything seems to have cracked it

click here

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