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08-06-2015 10:12 AM - edited 08-06-2015 10:16 AM
I installed the Windows 10 Insider Preview to my HP Stream 7 from a USB drive. When the RTM was released, I also installed it from a USB drive.
The Windows 10 RTM is asking for a key (the Insider Preview never did). I obviously don't have a Windows 10 key, and since I upgraded from the Insider Preview instead of from Windows 8.1, I can see why it couldn't find my Windows 8.1 key.
I've tried to roll back to 8.1, but my only recovery options are to repair/restore Windows 10, so I'm guessing either the Insider Preview or the RTM wiped out my recovery partition.
I obviously paid for the OS when I bought the tablet, so what are my options?
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08-06-2015 08:12 PM
I believe you would have to use a recovery USB of Windows 8.1 with Bing and then upgrade that to Windows 10 and let it activate. At that point you could then wipe the drive clean and do a fresh install of Windows 10 and it should then activate from what I have been reading, I have not had a chance to try it on my Stream 7 yet.
08-06-2015 09:29 PM
08-14-2015 10:41 AM
I lied. Whenever I boot from my Windows 8.1 recovery USB now, I get to this screen:
Obviously, these are all Windows 10 options. If I tap "Use a device" and choose "EFI USB Device," it just reboots and brings me back to this page.
Can someone give me a step-by-step of getting Windows 8.1 back on my computer?
08-14-2015 02:54 PM