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#195670 29-Apr-2016 10:51
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Hey all,




I have a 1.5~2yr old Toshiba L850 Laptop with a dead HDD.


Purchased a new SSD and installed but need to reinstall Windows - Laptop came with Windows 8 pre installed but Win8 doesnt have product keys on the sticker....




Toshiba want $100 for a recovery disk!


Already paid over $1200 for it....




Anyone know where I can download a recovery disk .iso or similar?

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  #1543905 29-Apr-2016 10:56
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How would you feel about Windows 10?  SOmeone could arrange to get you an ISO image of a Windows 10 DVD.  The latest edition of the DVD (produced in Feb if I remember correctly) will pick up the Windows Product Key from the BIOS and automatically activate itself.


Home or Pro edition?  It's a different ISO and of course if you got a Pro ISO it would not activate using a Home key in the BIOS.

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  #1543906 29-Apr-2016 10:57
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"4 wheels move the body.  2 wheels move the soul."

“Don't believe anything you read on the net. Except this. Well, including this, I suppose.” Douglas Adams


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Ultimate Geek

  #1544010 29-Apr-2016 13:30
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Ill give that a go Dynamic - report back this evening. 





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  #1544015 29-Apr-2016 13:49
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With brandname PCs now, you are usually given 2 options during the initial OOBE


Popups galore suggesting you create backup now (in its raw untouched state) using their built in utilities. Or recommendations all through the paperwork to use Windows 8/8.1 backup function ASAP and to chose the option to take a sample of the 'installation files' (hidden rebuild partition) to DVD in case of total failure or inability to access the refresh functions on the disk. More or less what they rely on now, just with specific partition layout and extra apps. Which is usually why there is an additional charge to supply media (its close to what repair agents have)

And as the others say, later laptops will likely be UEFI'd and have a licence hash on the onboard TPM. (and possibly a 2nd verification sticker under the battery)


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  #1544031 29-Apr-2016 14:28
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you can download the windows 8 iso directly from Microsoft using following tool

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Ultimate Geek

  #1544384 30-Apr-2016 09:15
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Cheers Dynamic!

Typing this on the laptop as we speak.




Created a bootable USB from your link and installed Win10 = it automatically activated (presume using the embedded info in laptop)

Thanks for the quick & helpful replies - what I love about Geekzone cool

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