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  • Question

  • Dear Team,

    we have purchased 10no of branded lenovo notebook with preloaded windows 8 license. The product key is not paste of the back cover since the product keys are emberded with bios. So what my question is if one of the machines HDD wants to replace due to hdd corruption what would be the procedure for installing windows 8?

    Also If i get burnt a recovery media of the different machines, can i install the corrupted machine using that recovery media. 

    What would be the best solution.

    Thank you

    Partner

    Friday, September 6, 2013 11:34 AM

Answers

  • The key is stored inside the UEFI. When you install windows 8 from a clean MSDN/Technet ISO the setup reads the correct key.

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Saturday, September 7, 2013 2:04 PM
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  • You should always have product key present when you want to install Windows 8. It is strange that Windows 8 been installed but it license is not there. You should check with the supplier about the product key.

    Saturday, September 7, 2013 11:32 AM
  • The key is stored inside the UEFI. When you install windows 8 from a clean MSDN/Technet ISO the setup reads the correct key.

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Saturday, September 7, 2013 2:04 PM
    Answerer
  • Hi,

    You can reinstall Windows 8 by using the recovery option on your Lenovo or by using an TechNet iso.

    During installation it will recognize the key and your install will be successful.

    More information about Windows 8 install,upgrade & activate can be found here.

    More information about OEM license here.

    Kind Regards,


    - Dion


    • Edited by Diondk Saturday, September 7, 2013 2:17 PM added OEM license info
    Saturday, September 7, 2013 2:14 PM
  • Saturday, September 7, 2013 7:38 PM
  • In addition to Carey Frisch's post, kindly note that Windows 8 installation media scans the BIOS for any product key, whether or not downloaded from MSDN/TechNet. The old method of writing down the product key or typing the product key from the COA label during installation has been automated by this technique.

    Suppose the PCs are preinstalled with Windows 8, you can use any Windows 8 installation disk to reinstall the Windows in the PCs in the event of hard drive replacement. It won't ask the user to enter the product key and proceed with installation. But, if you try with Windows 8 Pro installation media, it'll raise an error message about the product key present in the BIOS and at that time, you need to enter the product key manually.


    Balaji Kundalam

    Sunday, September 8, 2013 7:28 AM
  • Win8 laptops don't have a COA

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Thursday, September 12, 2013 6:25 PM
    Answerer