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# 136857 11-Dec-2013 10:18
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So, got a new HP laptop this morning. COmes with Windows 7 pre-installed and a seperate Windows 8 install disk (with the usual bloatware).

Im wanting to do a clean install of Windows 8 but there is no COA sticker and I read online that the key is baked into the BIOS andthey no longer supply COA stickers.

I tried a fresh Windows 8 install from a retail version but it didnt pick up the BIOS key.

Is there any way to do a fresh install of Windows 8 and activate it?

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  # 949199 11-Dec-2013 10:26
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If you are using a Retail version of Win 8 you would have a new Key with it ?




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  # 949204 11-Dec-2013 10:30
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I have a HP laptop and the key is under the battery.  Remove battery and you should see the sticker there




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  # 949208 11-Dec-2013 10:36
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Gilco2: I have a HP laptop and the key is under the battery.  Remove battery and you should see the sticker there


I did see that online but there is no sticker under the battery :(



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  # 949209 11-Dec-2013 10:37
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KiwiNZ: If you are using a Retail version of Win 8 you would have a new Key with it ?


Correct, I have a key that came with the retail version but I'd prefer not to activate it on this laptop if I can use the HP one.



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KiwiNZ: If you are using a Retail version of Win 8 you would have a new Key with it ?


Correct, I have a key that came with the retail version but I'd prefer not to activate it on this laptop if I can use the HP one.

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  # 949211 11-Dec-2013 10:38
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It wont activate with a retail disc, thats a different version to what the bios key is. You will need an OEM windows 8 disc.

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  # 949212 11-Dec-2013 10:41
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tchart:
Gilco2: I have a HP laptop and the key is under the battery.  Remove battery and you should see the sticker there


I did see that online but there is no sticker under the battery :(


Newer devices have the Key encoded in the  UEFI

The Win 8 you have with the device is an upgrade version from Win 7 installed, this will use the UEFI coded key when you upgrade.




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KiwiNZ:
tchart:
Gilco2: I have a HP laptop and the key is under the battery.  Remove battery and you should see the sticker there


I did see that online but there is no sticker under the battery :(


Newer devices have the Key encoded in the  UEFI

The Win 8 you have with the device is an upgrade version from Win 7 installed, this will use the UEFI coded key when you upgrade.
I know Windows 8 machines but didnt know Windows 7 ones like ops also were hard coded in bios and thought all Windows 7 had coa stickers.  Oh well learn something new everyday





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garvani: It wont activate with a retail disc, thats a different version to what the bios key is. You will need an OEM windows 8 disc.


You're referring to the bloatware restore disc right?

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tchart:
garvani: It wont activate with a retail disc, thats a different version to what the bios key is. You will need an OEM windows 8 disc.


You're referring to the bloatware restore disc right?


After installing from the HP supplied discs it does not take that long to dispose of the unwanted software




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  # 949239 11-Dec-2013 11:40
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tchart:
garvani: It wont activate with a retail disc, thats a different version to what the bios key is. You will need an OEM windows 8 disc.


You're referring to the bloatware restore disc right?


No im referring to an oem (system builders) disc

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  # 949260 11-Dec-2013 12:12
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I have the same issue

Am told I didn't boot in uefi mode

What the ... isn't my system currently running in uefi mode?!

I also downloaded a Windows 8.1 pro iso from microsoft which didn't take my retrieved key

What the ... You need a different oem 8.1 pro iso? Kidding me!




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andrewNZ: As for how to find the key. http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/153626-product-key-number-windows-7-find-see.html


Yep, I use Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder.




 



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  # 951000 12-Dec-2013 14:59
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Bugger, had to activate my retail Windows 8 :(

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