cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

Note on archived topics.

This topic has been archived. Information and links in this thread may no longer be available or relevant.
If you have a question create a new topic by clicking here and select the appropriate board.
talented0ne
New member
1 0 0 0
Message 1 of 3
2,557
Flag Post
HP Recommended

Solved!

how do i change feature byte on a pavilion p56-2350 pc loaded with windows 8

Example: Pavilion p6-2350 pc
Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit)

i replaced the motherboard but is unable to change the featurebyte in the BIOS so that the windows 8 will be activated.

0 Kudos
2 REPLIES 2
Highlighted
Level 8
1,506 1,473 80 316
Message 2 of 3
2,522
Flag Post
HP Recommended

Solved!

how do i change feature byte on a pavilion p56-2350 pc loaded with windows 8

This has to be done when a motherboard is installed into the unit, and not doing this can cause various errors during the recovery disks that HP uses and give a "Code Purple" in windows, causing the operating system to be locked down and unable to be used. The way the HP recovery disks work is they compare the featurebyte and build ID information input on the motherboard and compare them to a list of models that the specific recovery disk is released for. If it does not match any of the models it will give an error that the disks are incompatible with the computer and will not go any further, this error will occur prior to the Recovery Manager coming up. If the disks are incorrectly made, or the model incorrectly selected on them through the featurebyte/Build ID comparison then it will incorrectly partition the drive and give an unrecoverable error with a 0x error code, this is occurring because the partition for the OS is so small that the image that HP uses or the extra software they are installing are unable to fit on the partition that is made. Again, the recovery are at fault in this case, or the tattoo is the issue itself.

For consumer desktops this process is broken down into two procedures. If the BIOS is a v5, then you are out of luck as you will need a CPC_DMI disk, which is only available to HP Certified technicians. If it is a V6, then you have a slim ray of hope. tap CTRL+F10 to enter into the BIOS instead of the normal just F10. If you go into the System IDs Section, or if you have the newer BIOS (that has File, Storage, Boot at the top), then you will have to press CTRL+A to enter into this section. In this section, the System IDs section or CTRL+A, you will have a bunch of entries, where different values can be entered. If you cannot highlight anything, then you are not in the advanced BIOS and must try to enter it again. If you can highlight things but not press enter and edit them, then you are out of luck as you need a BIOS_UPDATE utility to reeset the DMI information, this is also not given out except to HP Certified techs.

If, by chance, you are able to highlight and edit the values you are extremely lucky because you do not need any of the disks. You just need to fill out the information on this screen with two small notes that should be known. The model it asks for is actually the Product Number of the unit. The SKU is actually the model number. The featurebyte is case sensitive, do not use spaces and definitely include the .XX at the end. The Build ID should not include the "**" but should include the #SABA#DABA. If you get an error that the featurebyte was not accepted, something is not entered correctly, try it again (this is always the case, it is always entered incorrectly when that error appears.)

If you are using a laptop, you are out of luck as special files on a bootable USB are needed, I am not very familiar with this process, but only HP Certified techs are given the files.

If you are using a commercial desktop or all-in-one, then you can just go into the system IDs and edit them in the BIOS, it's super easy and you shouldn't need any disks.

Hope this clears up somethings

 

          Checkurtech

****Click the White Kudos star to say thanks****
****Please mark Accept As Solution if it solves your problem****
Level 8
1,506 1,473 80 316
Message 3 of 3
2,518
Flag Post
HP Recommended

Solved!

how do i change feature byte on a pavilion p56-2350 pc loaded with windows 8

Also

 

You might try the F-11 method to perform the HP Recovery Restore procedure from the hard drive partition.

 

When the system boots, and you see the HP Logo, immediately start tapping the F-11 key and see if you can enter the HP Recovery Restore Utility. If you can, select the destructive method and the hard drive will be formatted and the data wiped from the hard drive.

 

The software should then be reinstalled just as it was when shipped from HP.

 

                          Checkurtech

****Click the White Kudos star to say thanks****
****Please mark Accept As Solution if it solves your problem****
0 Kudos

Note on archived topics.

This topic has been archived. Information and links in this thread may no longer be available or relevant.
If you have a question create a new topic by clicking here and select the appropriate board.
† The opinions expressed above are the personal opinions of the authors, not of HP. By using this site, you accept the Terms of Use and Rules of Participation