10-22-2019 12:26 PM
My internal hard is completed damaged. I cannot recover my data from that. I purchased new internal HDD. I need Win 8 rtm OEM to recover my genuine windows 8. Or other way to get my genuine windows back. I have tried installing windows 8 core but I get message like...the version of windows you are installing doesn't match with key embedded in bios...
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10-22-2019 12:36 PM - edited 10-22-2019 12:37 PM
I can give you a way to reinstall W8.1 for free by using the W8 product key in your notebook's BIOS.
Install W8.1 by creating the Microsoft installation media, using another Windows PC, if yours is not working...You want W8.1 64 bit.
If you are asked to enter a product key during the installation process, use this generic key.
This is the generic key for W8.1 'Standard.'
If you had to enter the generic key, manually change the generic product key to the W8 key in your PC's BIOS in the PC settings menu.
After you get W8.1 installed, and you had to manually enter the W8.1 generic product key, you will need to run the free utility I zipped up and attached below, that will show you show the W8 product key in your PC's BIOS.
I have also zipped up and attached below, the Microsoft tool which hopefully will transfer the ISO file to a DVD or USB flash drive so it is bootable.
Then you can install the available drivers and software from your PC's support page.
Now, if you run the Showkey plus utility and it reports the key is for W8 Single Language, go back and download the W8.1 Single Language ISO file, make the W8.1 single language bootable media, install it, and use this generic W8.1 single language key instead. Then change the key to the one in your notebook's BIOS and it should work.
10-22-2019 12:59 PM
Thanks for your response. Yes, my bios key is for single language. I have already got my genuine key using show key plus. I will try with the second option. Does it work for windows10 also. I mean, can I replace key in windows 10 with my bios key?
10-22-2019 01:03 PM
You're very welcome.
If you had previously upgraded your PC to W10, all you need to do is to make the W10 installation media using the media creation tool at the link below.
When you are asked what version of W10 you want to install, select W10 single language.
If you are asked to enter a product key during the installation process, select the 'I don't have a product key' option, and W10 will install and automatically activate once you are connected to the internet.
10-22-2019 01:09 PM
OK, so then you will need to download the W8.1 single language ISO file and use the generic W8.1 SL product key to install W8.1 single language.
Then change the key to the W8 SL key in your notebook's BIOS.
You can't enter the W8 SL key before hand. I don't know why, but it doesn't work that way.