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09-06-2015 09:58 AM
Kyle, I could get passed the first prompt for the key but still did not work.
A couple things I tried... I used a generic key to allow the install with the theory that it would activate itself after install. That allowed the OS to install all the way but still would not activate after.
I tried the .cfg file hack to negate the prompt for the key and activate after. Same thing , installed but would not activate.
Searches for this specific problem lead to a thread on the Windows forum about the fact that the Single Language install actually does not replace the OS installed by OEM's like HP and Dell as it will not recognize those keys.
So once again, the info being passed around is wrong. Fortunatley I had my Recovery Media burned.
09-06-2015 10:16 AM
An interesting test would be if you have an unactivated Windows 8.1 installation and then run the Windows 10 installation from the Windows 10 USB image, would it then activate under Windows 10? I guess probably not but it might be worth a try.
09-06-2015 01:24 PM - edited 09-06-2015 01:24 PM
With the unactivated install of Windows 8.1 still on the tablet, I tried to do the same thing with 10 via clean install, just to see if it would recognize that it was already on there once before. I had to choose Skip Activation but I got the same error that it could not be activated.
It was a long moring.
09-06-2015 06:12 PM
My apologies, I linked the wrong article and can't seem to find the correct one. There was an article about someone who did a clean install, and found a link to a site that had an image of Windows 8.1 with Bing. I still have the link:
It's a file called Recovery_usb.zip. I've sold my tablet, so I no longer have any interest, but since I provided incorrect information, I will still try to find the original article.
The image for a model 5701 and here's the Readme from the file:
HP Stream 7 (model 5701) 32 GB
USB Flash 8 GB or more
Format in fat32, primary, active
Copy files from USB folder
Power down the tablet, connect USB Flash, Hold 'Power' and 'Volume Down'
Google for further steps
I've scanned the file with Malwarebytes and it was safe, but check for yourself.
P.S. you will need to use a browser other than IE, to download the file.
09-07-2015 03:14 AM
Thanks Fracked, that makes more sense now that you redid the link. 🙂
Its best to add the disclaimer that a person use those types of links at their own risk since those types of sites, bit torrent sights or cloud storage downloads from others we dont know are not trusted sources.
I do appreciate the info though.