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Does bios have Windows 10 Product Key if Preinstalled with Windows 7?

Q: Does bios have Windows 10 Product Key if Preinstalled with Windows 7?

I was curious if the bios of a computer that is licensed with Windows 10 pro but comes preinstalled with Windows 7 Pro through downgrade rights, already has the Windows 10 product key in the bios, or if it's inserted when using the Lenovo USB recovery disk to install Windows 10?


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A: Does bios have Windows 10 Product Key if Preinstalled with Windows 7?

Hi there,

Warm Greetings & welcome to Lenovo Community, happy to have you here.

As I understand that you have query regarding product key whether product key is preinstalled in BIOS or not for downgrade system.
The answer would be yes, it will get activated automatically when you'll install Windows 10.

Please feel free to post in Lenovo Community Forums if you have any further queries!
Regards,Prabhansh_______________________________________________Tap that Kudos button if I helped.If you find a post helpful and it answers your question, please mark it as an "Accepted Solution"!

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When I buy my product the Windows 10 Original was preinstalled on my Notebook PC and backup files were given in a locked drive. Recently my hard disk has been crashed and backup files are gone. Can I get my windows product key back?

A:Preinstalled Windows product key

Mahbubur_Rifat Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums! Your product key is still on the PC.  On Win8 machines and newer, the product key is embedded into the UEFI firmware of the motherboard.  You can retrieve is using this tool:  http://www.tenforums.com/software-apps/2577-showkey.html Howver, what you SHOULD use to restore your PC is HP Recover Media and that will automatically find and reuse the product key. HP Recovery Media is a set of DVDs and a CD, or USB stick, that will erase the hard drive (removing all data, settings, and applications, reinstall the original OS, drivers, and some HP Utilities. In some cases, you may be able to order a USB stick instead of disks. You have to order these from HP; they can not be downloaded.You can look online for Recovery Media starting with the linked paged: http://support.hp.com/us-en/driversOnce there, input your Product name or number. On your Software and Drivers Download page, select your Operating System and and Version. Click "Update". If HP Recovery Media is available for your machine, down near the bottom of the page, you will see an entry for Order Recovery Media-CD/DVD/USB. Click the "+" symbol to expand that entry and click on Order Media for details.Or, if you prefer, you can do the same by contacting HP Customer Service:If you live in the US or Canada, contact information is on this page: http://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/phone-assist.html#section1If you live elsewhere, cont... Read more

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So i got a laptop from the school with windows 10 education, but it has a windows 10 pro sticker on the bottom. I want to upgrade to windows 10 pro, but kinda difficult without the key. The laptop i got is a Lenovo L460 if you wonder.

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First, I have to say that I am a long-time lurker. I have often come to the forums for research while at work (ie, I work in computer repair and custom builds) and have found Bleeping Computer to be a god-send
So, I have been dreading since 2012 the arrival of Windows 8 systems at the shop. Naturall I have done things like push Classic Shell installation for all users. Here is one thing my boss and I have discovered early on that I was wondering about:
Windows 8 implements OEM Activation 3.0 and automatically detects the license and activates during the setup if you are using a legit OEM PC. If the OEM machine has a UEFI which is an interface between your OS and the BIOS then your OS will use Activation 3.0. You will not get a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) period. The COA is in the BIOS, all you will have is a small square Windows 8 logo decal.
This is handy at some small level but I am wondering of what unseen problems this is going to cause down the road. I am expecting that the normal clean install of the OEM will now have serious problems that I have never faced before. With the license bound to the BIOS (and not the previous label method for all other OS's), i am anticipating things like the the license being lost via from the BIOS virus attacks. Should that happen I can only image that Microsoft will simply say 'So sorry about that", here's how to pay for and download a new product key.
So what are others thought so on this? Thanks in ad... Read more

A:Windows 8 OEM Product Key in BIOS

Problem: People were stealing, (jotting down, or taking pictures of), Windows Product Keys.
Solution: Hide Windows Product Keys.

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How can I find my product key for windows 10.  I just bought this computer and the key wasn't included.

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My motherboard died so I replaced it with one from another system I have. But I now have to re-activate Windows 10 (I upgraded from 8.1 a few days before the MB died). It won't let me without a Windows product key - which is stuck in the BIOS of the OLD (dead) motherboard? How can I get access to it? 

A:how to get windows product key when motherboard/bios not wor...

Martin, welcome to the forum. I suggest that you contact Microsoft Customer Support for help.  They will be able to help you solve your problem.  I don't believe there is any way to access the BIOS in a failed motherboard. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

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Hi all,
I have a Alienware X51.
Recently, i have issued some problems which eventually led me to restore the fabric image by using Alien Respawn.
After restoring the pc, I installed windows' updates normally.
I'm not sure wether the problem came after the restoration or the updates, but now my windows 8 isn't activated anymore, as:

In the low-left corner of the screen it is written "Windows 8 Build 9200"
If i follow "control panel -> system -> Windows Activation", it says "Serial Number: Not available"
Sometimes, it randomly appears a menu which says "go to settings to activate your windows". If I click the button to do it, nothing happens.

I read that in Dell PCs the Windows activation number is imprinted in the BIOS, but it seems that something went wrong with the restoration: what to do?
Thank you

A:Windows 8 Product Key left my BIOS

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how to delete old windows 8 product key in bios
because i can't install again win 8
product key not match error

A:how to delete old windows 8 product key in bios

Hi snim
I would like to know the version of windows 8 you are using.

You have bought a Dell system with windows 8 pre-stalled on it?
You have upgraded to windows 8?
Is this a retail system?

Please reply if you have any further questions
Thanks & Regards Prateek K #iworkfordell
For easy access to drivers, manuals and product updates, please visit our Support Site .

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So I'm trying to find out my preinstalled OS's product key. Since there are things that xp sp3 needs this code so it doesnt go into limited access/useage. If that is still true of xp sp3 then how do I find it, I honestly cant remember if there was a way.

A:preinstalled os product key

and welcome to the Forum

SP3 will not need the Product Key . . but, if the pc is from one of the major manufacturers, it will be on a sticker on the side of the tower, bottom of a laptop

Looks like this:

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Recently I purchased Ideapad 520 that has Pre Installed MS Office and not sure about the version. Initially it asked to activate in 6days. But after 6 days I am unable to create new files. Can any one say how to active MS office. Where can I get the product key and how much it costs.

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Have MS Office preinstalled when I got my hp convertible but how can I get product key for the activation?

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Have MS Office preinstalled when I got my hp convertible but how can I get product key for the activation?

A:Have preinstalled ms office but need product key

@Mohammadali1 Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!First of all, you need to know that HP keeps no records of individual MS Office product keys associated with individual PCs. That means there is no way to obtain this information from HP.Second, ever since Office 2013, MS Office has been distributed in two different forms: (1) installed locally, (2) installed using Click-to-Run (CTR).  The local versions used a product key received with the purchase (or via email, from a download), the CTR versions used a product key received via email from MS, but it was NOT stored on the PC. If you have the Local version, you should be able to retrieve that key using these utilities:  https://www.lifewire.com/free-product-key-finder-programs-2625119 If you have the CTR version, the key is not stored locally, and you can only get it by contacting Microsoft.Good Luck

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Ive used pirated bootables with preinstalled product keys in the past but am now on the straight and narrow, wanting to add my product key to my legitimate copy of windows 8. This way I wont have to worry about having it written down, losing it or entering it incorrectly, since it will be automagically entered for me.

Does anyone know how I can add the product key to my bootable image?

A:Bootable with preinstalled product key?

Originally Posted by phrosyn

Ive used pirated bootables with preinstalled product keys in the past but am now on the straight and narrow, wanting to add my product key to my legitimate copy of windows 8. This way I wont have to worry about having it written down, losing it or entering it incorrectly, since it will be automagically entered for me.

Does anyone know how I can add the product key to my bootable image?

No need to add product key to a Windows 8 image, as the installer will see the key in the BIOS.

Where is the Windows 8 Product Key?

Factory-installed Windows 8 computers differ from previous versions of Windows. Previously, the Product Key for Windows was attached as a label on the computer so that, in the event that the computer required reinstallation, the key could be referenced for activation.

For Windows 8, the Product Key is "injected" onto the computer motherboard at the factory, and the installation and activation processes refer to the BIOS of the computer to verify authenticity and activate Windows. No Windows Product Key is otherwise provided or needed by the customer.

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Hi. I have an acer aspire computer with corrupted key windows files. So i am unable to even boot windows. When i start windows i get a BSOD. Now first of all i dont think this is an issue that should be posted in the BSOD section of the forum and i will explain.

What i am trying to do is retreive my product key from the BIOS with a program that is bootable outside of windows. Like from a USB for example.

My intention is to restore my computer with a clean install by downloading my windows 8 version on another computer to a usb through the windows website after i retreive my product key. Then use this usb to install my windows 8 version back onto the BSOD computer. But as i have stated, i am unable to use the conventional product key finding programs since i cant even boot windows 8. Any help on finding a program like this would be appreciated

A:Finding windows 8 product key in the bios on a bsod comp

You might ask why i wouldnt just order restore disks from my manufacturer, and i already have. Haha. But i am an impatient person and want to see if i can fix my windows 8 this way. Thank you

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Windows 8 moves to BIOS-based product keys
Product keys for Windows 8 computers aren't printed on a sticker.
They're encrypted in the BIOS. How might that affect you?

My question: is this possible..?? Can a OS write to BIOS..??
If it true you can NEVER switch to a other OS..!!! You need to buy a new PC...

Source: Windows 8 moves to BIOS-based product keys | Windows 8 - CNET Reviews

A:Windows 8 moves to BIOS-based product keys....

If it burned it to BIOS once it can be burned again.

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Hi, I bought my computer in April 2012 and never activated my preinstalled MS Office ; I guess I didn't need to at the time.  I now need to activate it, and can't find my product code; I'm not even sure it came with the computer, because I don't have it anywhere, and I saved EVERYTHING from when I bought it except the packaging.

A:product code for preinstalled office

Hi, Your machine does not have MS Office pre-installed     http://support.hp.com/au-en/document/c03499435 You can buy MS Office from Microsoft OR try the following free product     https://www.openoffice.org/download/ Regards.

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So I have this Lenovo laptop with a preinstalled Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit, and somehow I managed to mess with it to the point that I can't boot to normal or safe mode, and refresh or reset the system. I have tried different methods to fix this (renaming software to software.001, trying to boot to safe mode, etc) yet no success. One of my friends told me that the OS is corrupted, so I want to do a clean reinstallation of Windows 8.1 but given a preinstalled machine, I don't have the CD with me. I haven't downloaded an installation media from microsoft website yet because I realized I don't know the product key. I have searched through my laptop's box and case with no result. With that done said, can I know my windows product key while I cannot even boot? (I'm stuck in windows recovery environment)

P.S. I dont really know much about computer so please forgive me if I sometimes sound dumb

A:Finding Product Key on a Preinstalled Win 8.1 Laptop

I have backed up all the important documents so I don't mind losing all my files.

Also, do I really need a product key if I want to reinstall by using an USB installation media?

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I replaced thinkpad T440p motherboard with a used motherboard..then I used HMD to install System type model & serial keys to the new board..now issue is preinstalled windows 8 license missing from bios.. i already updated bios..what's the isssue..how can i solve this?

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I saw this link (again) today and it seems that many users need to read it and implement the suggestions:How to Create a Bootable Windows XP Setup CD-DVD from a Pre-loaded-Preinstalled Windows System (howtohaven.com) - http://www.howtohaven.com/system/createwin...setupdisk.shtml Louis

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Hello. I think I'm losing my mind here and now I think I'm lost. Been googling and circling around for hours. So, I have an ASUS Vivobook laptop here, which has a preinstalled Windows 8. Now I'd like to downgrade to Windows 7, which I got thanks to my school having a deal with DreamSpark.
So I have a Windows 7 Professional ISO which I got from DreamSpark. Then I tried to create a bootable memory stick with Rufus, based on this tutorial:
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

But when I'm pressing the "Start" button to start the process, it gives me an error:
title: "Unsupported ISO"
"When using UEFI Target Type, only EFI bootable ISO images are supported. Please select an EFI bootable ISO or set the Target Type to BIOS."

So there seems to be a problem with my ISO. Is there a way to modify the ISO? Or what should I do in order to get the ISO readable for Rufus?

A:Problems downgrading preinstalled Windows 8 to Windows 7 on ASUS Vivo

Try downloading a fully legal ISO from here: Windows 7 Direct Download Links

Use that as input to Rufus, see if it works. Make sure you get the one that matches what you got from DreamSpark so the installation key will work and you can active. You want the SP1 U (media refresh) version.

Since the computer that came with Windows 8 is probably UEFI/Gpt based rather than BIOS/MBR, see here:

To install Windows 7 on a UEFI (not BIOS) system

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Good Morning, TSG

I have been having a big headache lately, as I cannot solve this issue. I am running Windows 8 Pro pc tablets. When I join them to the domain all the pre installed apps are missing and if I search for them manually it does not show any of them???? We are running Windows server 2008 R2, If you need any more details please let me know
Thank you in advance

A:Windows 8 Pro looses preinstalled apps when joining to Windows Domain


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Spent about literally hundred days. Trying to dual boot windows 7 on my UEFI vaio pre installed with windows 8. I tried to follow almost all the forums on the Internet. Created bootable usb which gets stuck at starting windows and used a dvd which the vaio does not recognise. When choosing legacy boot on bios then the problem comes that my hdd is mbr and I am not in a position to format and delete everything due to important files. Pleas help me how do I install windows 7 on this Vaio as there is no guide for this specific platform. Thanks

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when I use my win7 disk to install ,the mouse or keyboard on win 10 will not work

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Hello, I installed windows 10 professional on my laptop but I want to go back to the preinstalled home edition.I used the Recovery System feature but after the process there is still windows 10 professional installed.I tried to fresh install windows 10 home from bootable usb but i can't install windows due the GPT drive.Is there a way to go back to the preinstalled windows 10 home edition from a windows 10 professional?

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Hi All,
My situation may look funny but please do help. I have purchased Dell Inspiron online from Dell website, the laptop arrived with windows 8 pre installed (Home edition). I had trouble installing few softwares, hence I downgraded my laptop to windows 7.. The mistake is that I didnt take a back up of the product key nor did I create a recovery disk. Now I am running on windows 7.. Can Anyone help me how do I go back to Windows 8.. I checked with Dell they said they have to send the recovery disk to my postal address. Which I am not currently residing.. Can anyone help me solve my problem.. Thanks a ton in advance..

A:Dell Windows 8 preinstalled laptop downgraded to windows 7

Will Dell not accept a change of address?

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Hi, I am waiting on my new xps 8900 desktop its preinstalled with windows 10 home, there was no option for me to select a different OP on the dell website here in Ireland. So I would like to know if its possible for me to..
1 make a system image back up of windows 10 which I may use again at a later date? & 2 can I install windows 7 on this machine?
. I will be using programs like protools and ableton live and my versions seem not to be supported by windows 10, also I have an mbox pro firewire audio interface, and thats not supported either. So now you see the reason for wanting to install windows 7, Until support is updated.

A:Uninstall preinstalled windows 10 on new xps 8900 & install windows 7

You can install Windows 7 on your computer once you receive it from Dell. Dell will only support the OS that is shipped with the computer. Below is a link for Windows 7/64 bit drivers for the XPS 8900.
XPS 8900 Drivers and Downloads Windows 7/64 bit
For me to better assist in troubleshooting, please click my DELL-Jesse L and send me a Private Message with the Dell Service Tag number and your Dell Order number.

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I have an Asus M11BB computer that is 5 months old that came with Windows 8 pre-installed. However, I would like to install Windows 7 on this computer as a Dual Boot, and I have the ISO burnt to a USB Stick. I can run the setup program both on startup by booting from the USB or while Windows 8 is already running. Both return the 0x80070241 error at 63% of copying Windows files.

BEFORE I start asking for help, is it possible to use the activation key from the bottom of my laptop on this install? I tried with a Virtual Machine and it works fine? If not, just leave it there as I'm not buying a new copy of Windows 7 just for this.

Presuming the answer was yes, I have split the D:\ partition (The C:\ contains the OS, the D:\ was blank on purchase) into a new B:\ partiton that is 100GB. When installing to the partition I get a message saying "Not in recommended order, for more info about installing to GPT disks please go to Microsoft.com". That is when I don't get an error saying it can't install to a GPT partition. I have reformatted that partition a number of times using both the Disk Management tool and the EaseUS program, no luck. So if I click OK, it goes to the copying Windows files and then throws up 0x80070241. That's the furthest I've got so far.



A:0x80070241 install Windows 7 to computer with Windows 8 preinstalled.

You cannot use an OEM Key that came with another computer -
OEM Licenses are tied to the computer on which they shipped.
If the license is a Full Retail one, then it can be moved - so long as it's only on one machine at a time.

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I am using Samsung np550 laptop which came with Windows 8 preinstalled. I want to dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 8. So this is what I did:

In bios - disabled Fast bootThen I disabled 'Secure boot'Selected boot mode as 'CSM'

Now I inserted Windows 7 DVD and it booted with it. The problem is when I'm trying to select a partition, it says that "Windows 7 cannot be installed in this partition. The selected partition is of GPT style".

Please help me solve this problem, so that I can use both W8 and W7.

A:Windows 7 - Windows 8 dual boot problem - 'W8 preinstalled

You need to boot the DVD in UEFI mode. It should be listed in the Boot Device Menu as such along with a non-UEFI version...

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I just bought an HP laptop with Windows 8 on it. I cant stand windows 8 and wanted to put 7 back on but im running into some problems. When i finally boot from the cd and proceed to install windows, it asks me which disk I want to partition, there are five currently which are below. But i cannot install windows 7 on any of the disks because i keep getting this "windows cannot be installed to this disk. the selected disk is of the GPT partition style"

1. Disk 0 Partition 1:WINRE OEM(Reserved)
2. Disk 0 Partition 2: Type System
3. Disk 0 Partition 3: MSR (Reserved)
4. Disk 0 Partition 4: Primary I HAVE ALREADY FORMATTED MY PRIMARY.
5. Disk 0 Partition 5: RECOVERY

Im stuck right now because my primary disk is formatted and i cant seem to get windows 7 installed so im stuck without an OS right now. Is there anything i can do to fix this? If there is anything else you need to know just ask. Thanks for any help! Waiting for reply i need to fix this asap!

A:Trying to install windows 7 on preinstalled windows 8 laptop


We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?


Quote: Originally Posted by HP/Compaq

Creating HP Recovery media

HP Recovery Manager is a software program that offers a way to create recovery media after you
successfully set up the computer. HP Recovery media can be used to perform system recovery if the
hard drive becomes corrupted. System recovery reinstalls the original operating system and the
software programs installed at the factory, and then configures the settings for the programs. HP
Recovery media can also be used to customize the system or aid in the replacement of a hard drive.

To Downgrade to Windows 7.
Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

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Hi guys

This is my first post. I have been googling for help and also attempted to search for relevant topics in the seven and eight forums but in vain.

This is what happened.

My laptop came with Windows 7 Pro 64-bit pre-installed with Windows 8 Pro 64-bit recovery discs. I shrank my windows 7 partition from 120 GB to 80 GB and did a clone to another hard disk. Then I use the Windows 8 Pro 64-bit disc to do a factory upgrade. Now I am running Windows 8 Pro and I shrunk the partition to 80 GB.
I have 140 GB partition remaining unformatted.

My question is, I want to restore the previously cloned Windows 7 Pro Partition to the unformatted partition in order to Dual Boot.

The problem is, the current disk is formatted as Windows 8 as GPT type and my Windows 7 Cloned partition (in external hard disk) is in MBR type. How can I achieve the dual boot options so that I can choose Windows 8 and Windows 7 during boot up?

A:How to Windows 7 Partition restore to a Preinstalled Windows 8

Did you clone the win7 partition to another physical drive... correct? It's one partition? or more?

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I purchased Windows XP Pro OEM which said it was for installation only with a new PC and I am trying to install on a partition of my hard drive which has Windows 7 Pro installed. When I restart the computer with the setup CD in place the install begins but I do not get the option of selecting which drive to download to. If I select install the installation begins and seems to load but in the end I get a BSOD and am warned about continuing. Is this because I have not loaded SATA drivers or is it because the OEM software cannot be loaded on a partitioned hard drive? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Problem Installing Windows XP with Windows 7 preinstalled

Depending on the age, make and model of you computer you may not be able to install XP on it. You would need to first check with the system builder, Dell HP Sony, and see if they offer drivers for XP for your system.

Then you will need to Wipe the drive and install XP first then reinstall 7. If you try to install XP after 7 it may foul up the 7 install.
But instead of going through all that just download VMware Player from the Vmware website and install XP in a Virtual Machine. that way you boot to Win 7 then run the Virtual Machine of XP right inside 7.

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Hey ya'll, I'm hoping somebody can help me out or point me in the direction of an answer.

My computer started having a few odd sign-in errors for the different accounts then one day we tried to get on and all the accounts had an error and it said to contact system administrator. So I signed in as an administrator and there were all sorts of issues. Norton wasn't working, certain programs wouldn't open, sound wasn't working, aero wasn't displaying sometimes etc. I ran norton power eraser as suggested by norton and it found registry errors. It attempted to repair these errors but after restart it failed to boot properly and I got a black screen with just the movable mouse. After waiting a few minutes it got to the login screen, then a few more minutes and the administrator profile loaded. But it's been downhill since.. I had to uninstall norton as it kept crashing, when I try to run in safe mode it starts loading the drivers then breaks and restarts in continuous loops.

I'd like to just wipe this install of Windows 7 and start fresh as I'm pretty sure it's registry/driver errors causing all the issues(correct me if I'm wrong, please). Here's my conundrum, there is no partition on the hard drive for a reinstall and I've never installed an OS on a system via USB with a UEFI control on boot up, is there anything I need to do different? My knowledge of computers isn't advanced, but it's above rudimentary.

I've run Belarc Advisor and have my windows 7 product key (although no l... Read more

A:Reinstalling Windows 7 on a computer with preinstalled Windows 7

I would Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools first.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure

To clean install:
1) Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
2a) clean install with the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disk.
2b) Clean Install Windows 7
2c) UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

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I've just purchased a hp pavillion g6 it comes preinstalled with windows 8 but i absolutely hate it so i want to downgrade to windows 7 but keep getting a blue box popping up when i try to boot from my windows 7 disc saying "the selected boot device failed. Press <enter>to continue. My machine is x64 and so is my disc.

After doing a bit of research apparently hp have made it as hard as possible to install windows7 on their new machines. What should i do to get it installed?


A:Need help installing windows 7 on a preinstalled windows 8 laptop

First check for all the Windows 7 drivers for your hardware on the HP/Compaq web site.

You can follow this tutorial:
Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7


We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows 8) | HP? Support

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isn't it possible to degrade to windows 7???

If not how can I????????

A:cant install windows 7 in the preinstalled windows 8 laptop

Hello sriharizz am not real sure of what you are trying to do mate . Are you wanting to install 7 over the 8 or have a dual boot?

If you just want the 7 it should just install over the 8 - that will off course remove the 8 completely. The up side is that you will not have the bloat with the new 7 install.

To do that you just need to set the BIOS to boot from the optical drive.

Personally I am staying with 7 until there is a mad rush to 8 for whatever reason.

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Ok I have a question from a friend who I couldnt answer so I will ask it for him here.

He recently bought a Dell XPS 410 that has WindowsXP on it. He bought it right before the change over to Vista. Anyhoo, He doesnt have Windows Recovery disk, but he does have a priated version of WindowsXP. My question is, say his OS had to be reinstalled could he use a program like Jelly Bean and get the key from his current system, write it down and use it when he reloads windows with this priated copy? Would Microsoft recognize it as being genuine? I told him he shouldnt be using the pirated copy, and just go out and buy the Vista, but he was curious, in fact so am I. Thanks!

A:Preinstalled Windows

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I bought a notebook laptop 4 months ago, still under warranty, with Windows10 preinstalled.  I really can't get on with it and would like to uninstall and install Windows 8.  Can anyone please advise the best way to go about this ?Thank you.

A:Preinstalled windows 10

Wow if you do not like Windows 10 I cannot see how Windows 8 is going to be any better. You would have to purchase Windows 8 and install from scratch. My advice is against it but happy to help just will not support it unless you confirm you have a licensed copy of Windows 8 (actually you would want 8.1) to install then we can walk through the steps. 

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hello guys,

iam facing few problems with my lappy LENOVO G50-70 from few days,
so i reached lenovo service center guys ( i did not take any backup , so i have asked them for recoverable disks )
these guys got me a recoverable disks but the 3rd disk which is win8.1 did not worked and these guys installed windows 8 instead of 8.1 and now it is asking for a product key ,
is there any way i can get back to win 8.1 with my product key
can i download win 8.1 iso file and install it?
will it detect the product key automatically?

thanks in advance

A:Preinstalled Windows 8.1 but installed windows 8

A bit confused. Are you saying it should have a 8.1 key burned to the BIOS or 8? Sounds like you're trying to install 8.1 but the key is 8.

Did you upgrade to 8.1 from 8?

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I purchased an hp pavilion 15-au063 that comes preloaded with Windows 10. My issue is that a program I need for work requires Windows 7 to run so I'd prefer to run that on the machine. However I am having issues finding drivers for the laptop to make that change. I would like to install Windows 7 64 bit and have a license and a bootable USB with 7 ultimate. I already have found how to disable safe boot, but am still in need of drivers. To confirm the laptop I have is the same as the onelisted here: http://www.staples.com/HP-Pavilion-15-au063nr-156-Intel-Core-i7-6500U-Processor-12-GB/product_228658... Thanks for any help! -Richard

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my laptop came with preinstalled windows 8 in it. Now I want to install windows 7 and also want to keep widows 8. But when I started Windows 7 set up an error came saying you can't install this version of Windows on GDI partitioned hard disk. what should I do?

A:installing windows 7 with windows 8 preinstalled

Do you mean GPT? Here is something that may help you with your dual boot. Am I correct in assuming you started to a Win7 install DVD (not the upgrade variety) or a Win7 install Flash Drive (not the upgrade variety)? You may want to think very carefully before rushing into trying the dual boot you are interested in. In this regard, check out my sig below.

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Can i down Downgrade windows 10 pro preinstalled to windows 7 on lenovo M700

A:Downgrade windows 10 pro preinstalled to windows 7

First you need to check your licence in bios under Main tab. it's like Preinstalled OS licence, if you can see there your OS, you don't need to worry about Win10, just format your drive and install Win7. When you want to go back Win10 you can install anytime, activation will be done automatically.

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i upgraded my laptop with windows 8 to windows 8.1
now my windows is corrupt so i need to do a repair install on the windows 8.1
am i able to do this without going back to windows 8 ? can i keep the windows 8.1 because my product key only works with 8

A:Can you repair windows 8.1 when preinstalled windows 8

I would recommend that you ask your question on the Microsoft site. You might get a better response than you have seen here.
Keep us posted

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Has Microsoft changed something in the latest April Windows Updates?
I create a default Windows 8 Enterprise VL image on my laptop in audit mode as I have always done previously.  Nothing has changed from my side.
When I install the image via WDS, everything installs fine.
When I use my WIM file to install via USB, it now comes up with:
The product key entered does not match any of the Windows images available for installation. Enter a different product key.
right after selecting the install language.
I have checked EI.cfg and it is normal:
I then tried adding PID.TXT with my Enterprise KMS key and, rather than error it then prompts me for a product key.
Surely using the VL install media it should never ask for a product key.  It never has before. (And I've never had to before)
I prepped the image as normal using:
C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\Sysprep /generalize /oobe /shutdown /unattend:C:\Windows\win8unattend.xml
Any ideas?  I can't but help thinking something has changed in the latest batch of Windows Updates.  It's quite frustrating as not all my machines are capable of PXE, so I have to use USB.
The reason I think it is a recent change, is if I do a default install and DO NOT do any Windows Updates, it all works fine.  Only when I install the latest WU does it start doing this.

A:[NEW] The product key entered does not match any of the Windows images available for installation. Enter a different product key.

OK, So I've fixed it now, but I will still like to know WHY this has changed.

If i do this to my WIM, it then installs from USB:

imagex /flags "Enterprise" /info c:\temp\WIM\ME\install.wim "Win8Office2013Enterprise-x86" "Win8Office2013Enterprise-x86"

I wonder because I use the WDS capture image if this has somehow changed recently.
Very annoying, but now at least I can install my custom image :)

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Hello everyone, I have a bit of a situation on my hands and I'm hoping you guys can help me out.

I purchased a new CyberPowerPC Gaming desktop from Best Buy the other day, and I finally got it online today. While I was poking around in settings to get some updates going, the notice "Windows is not activated" caught my eye. I clicked the link and was taken to this screen...

I ran the ShowKeyPlus program and got the following result...

Why is my Windows 10 installation not genuine, and how can I fix it?


A:PreInstalled Windows 10 Not Activated?

Originally Posted by Matt4723

Hello everyone, I have a bit of a situation on my hands and I'm hoping you guys can help me out.

I purchased a new CyberPowerPC Gaming desktop from Best Buy the other day, and I finally got it online today. While I was poking around in settings to get some updates going, the notice "Windows is not activated" caught my eye. I clicked the link and was taken to this screen...

I ran the ShowKeyPlus program and got the following result...

Why is my Windows 10 installation not genuine, and how can I fix it?


.Judging by the PID it looks like a generic key.... and there is no OEM key to activate it...

Was it sold as a pre-install or "barebones"?

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how do i keep my OEM Info in the windows CD( So that OEM Info installs/changes automatically when i install the windows.. Like many software companies like HP,Dell who have their own OEM Info(manufacturer, logo,model etc.) on thier OEM Software CD

A:how do i keep my OEM Info Preinstalled on my windows 8 CD?


reg export HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\OEMInformation %userprofile%\desktop\OEM.reg

If you want to set it at installation time, you can use Unattend.xml. See OEMInformation

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Why was,I aked to activate the key of my wiindows 8.1,as the key should have automatically been preinstalled when I bought the product? How and where can I find it to activate?

A:How can i get key activation of the preinstalled windows 8.1

Hi: You are correct.  The embedded W8.1 product key in the BIOS should have automatically activated W8.1. I have zipped up and attached a free utility below, that you can run, and it will provide the W8.1 product key in the BIOS. If there is no product key, then HP installed the wrong motherboard in your PC (one without the W8.1 product key). Some model x360-11 variations come with FreeDOS and those motherboards would not have product keys in the BIOS. If that is the case, you will have to contact HP technical support for the country you live in and report the problem to them. Hopefully, they will issue you a W8.1 OEM product key you can use to activate windows. You can see from the service manual below, chapter 3, pages 16-17, that there are system boards with or without windows product keys. http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c04644012  

ShowKeyPlus.zip ?1618 KB

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Hello, I want to reformat my hard drive and reinstall my Windows Xp Home Edition Operating System. I know that this can be accomplished by using the recovery partition on the hard drive, or by using the recovery CDs. However these options will restore the PC to its factory shipped condition, and the computer will have all kinds of software and trial offers that I don't want, or can't use. How can I install the Windows operating system only, and not include this software with it? I don't have a bootable Windows disk because the PC came with Windows preinstalled. I'm pretty sure there is a directory called I386 on the hard drive, which contains an image of the Operating System disk. I would appreciate any help on this issue. Thanks.

A:Preinstalled Windows - No Disk

Most of this depends on the make and model of your system - as certain copies of the OS are locked to the make of the system (like Dell).

But, in the easiest vein - why not reset it to factory default - then uninstall all the crap that you don't need?

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