04-03-2013 09:49 AM
Hi,i have a HP Pavilion G6 laptop. The laptop came with a pre installed copy of windows 8. I need to create a backup of this OS so that i can re-install it when the current OS crashes one day. Is there any way to find the product key, so that i can install windows from a disk using this product key?. If any one can provide any usefull information please help.
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04-03-2013 09:58 AM
The product key is embedded in the BIOS. You wont need to write it down to reinstall W8 OEM.
Below is a link which should be of help to you regarding making recovery media.
04-03-2013 10:46 AM
Thanks again! for helping.
I would like to know what happens if i install windows8 from another disc? will the setup detect the product key automatically and continue install?
04-03-2013 10:59 AM
You're very welcome.
Yes it will, but here is the catch...you have to use a W8 installation disk that is exactly the same as the OS that HP installed on your notebook.
For example it is probably windows 8 (Standard) OEM.
You will need a Windows 8 Standard OEM installation disk, not a retail disk, not a W8 pro disk.
The problem is that the embedded key in the BIOS automatically populates the install and if it is not the right version, you get an Invalid Product Key error and there is no way to change the key like you can in XP, Vista or W7.
This means you need to buy an OEM W8 (standard) install disk from an online retailer that sells OEM software.
Currently there are no free OEM W8 ISO download files available from anywhere.
You will have an extra key that you can use on another PC, but that is the only way you can install W8 without using your recovery disks.
There are several forum members who downloaded the W8 Pro upgrade when it was only $39.99 and it would not install on their W8 PC's because the standard product key populated the install and aborted.
Users wanting to upgrade to W8 Pro have to use the anytime upgrade option.
I hope I have explained this OK for you.
04-04-2013 11:12 AM
Yes i understand.
So only option available for me is to buy a new W8 disc or create recovery discs from current W8 installation. right?.
I also want to tell you that you have a great knowledge in this field and thanks for sharing some of it with me.
04-04-2013 11:32 AM
You're very welcome.
Yes, that is correct.
1. Use the recovery disks to reinstall the OS and programs that came with the PC
2. Buy a W8 OEM disk that matches what HP installed on your PC (probably plain Windows 8 (non-Pro)).
Thank you for the compliment.
I still have a whole lot to learn about Windows 8. It is much different than XP, Vista or W7.