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Can I turn a Win8 installation for UEFI into CSM-Mode Win8

Q: Can I turn a Win8 installation for UEFI into CSM-Mode Win8

On my computer there is a pre-installed Windows 8 which works fine for
UEFI boot (Secure boot not necessary).

Now when I switch in UEFI setup at boot time the UEFI mode into the CSM (BIOS) mode
and restart then Windows 8 is not starting any more.

As far as I find out an UEFI-based Windows 8 can only boot with UEFI mode enabled.

So my question is: Can I turn an existing UEFI based Windows 8 installation into
an CSM/BIOS based installation (=a Win8 which boots successfully even when I enable CSM in UEFI setup) ?

If yes: How do I do that?


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A: Can I turn a Win8 installation for UEFI into CSM-Mode Win8

What OS are you trying to install?

Your other thread is about dualing booting Windows 7 & 8,
Can I boot with one Bootmanager Win 8 and Win7?
Windows 7 & 8 will dual boot in UEFI mode.

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I am trying to gather some basic info about usage of Win8/UEFI and Win8/BIOS. So please participate in this noncontroversial survey. Note that you will not have a place to respond if you are not using Win8.

After responding, I?d also be interested in hearing about problems you have had using Windows 8/UEFI that appear to be associated with using UEFI (i.e., they most likely would not have occurred, in your opinion, under BIOS). Ultimately, I am wondering if you think Windows 8/UEFI is an idea whose time has come.

A:Information on Usage of Win8/UEFI and Win8/BIOS

Voted . . .desktop; hope that helps.

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I am trying to install windows 8 64-bit on my computer which currently has windows 8 32-bit.

I realized I can't install it right of the bat, so I downloaded win8 64 and threw it onto both a usb and a dvd. I tried to install it by restarting the computer (this has worked just fine in the past with older versions of win) but for some reason my computer refuses to boot from either the dvd or the usb. I went to the boot options and made sure dvd and usb was prio, this however has made no difference.

What am I doing wrong?

How do I get my computer to boot from the dvd holding the new windows installation?

Thank you for your reply.

A:Installation of win8 64 on win8 32

Where did you down load Windows 8 64 bit from?

Did you just copy the downloaded file to the DVD, or did you burn the ISO to DVD?

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I have just bought new Dell XPS from reseller, but I cannot find Windows Product Key in UEFI.
How can I check if the WIndows Product Key was injected to UEFI or no?

A:Win8 Product Key in UEFI


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I am seeing weird stuff on my network.  I have tried to install a brand new OS, win8 enterprise and I get the same thing: security changes, unknown users, windows vista components, windows update changes etc. 
DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_AMD64
Internet Explorer: 10.0.9200.16384
Run by ADMIN at 1:23:39 on 2013-07-08
Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise  6.2.9200.0.1252.1.1033.18.6025.4653 [GMT -7:00]
AV: Windows Defender *Enabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
SP: Windows Defender *Enabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSS
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNoNetwork
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k imgsvc
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceAndNoImpersonation
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A:Problems as soon as I install win8 even on GBT UEFI

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Will it be possible to boot Windows 8 from a GPT partition using BIOS (not UEFI)? I'll be using the 64bit version.

Technically, I know it's possible as I'm doing it with FreeBSD, many Linux distros etc. Using hybrid MBR/GPT, I've read others have Win7 booting off GPT partitons as all. I'd rather not go that route.

A:Boot Win8 on GPT partition via BIOS (not UEFI)

I am pretty sure you can't do that with Windows - not unless MS have changed something without announcing it.

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So I want to create a bootable USB for win8 x64. I'v got the ISO.

Do I need to follow this:
Create Bootable USB or DVD with Windows 8 ISO

or this?:
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

My motherboard is:
Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 (v1.3) and I have updated the BIOS to the latest version (U1L) which says to be a UEFI BIOS; GIGABYTE - Moederbord - Socket 1155 - GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 (rev. 1.3)

But I dont quiet understand because what I thought was that UEFI is an alternative/replacement for BIOS. So how can you have a UEFI BIOS?

A:Create bootable USB win8, UEFI or BIOS?

I would make the UEFI USB drive, as you can than use the drive on UEFI or Legacy modes.

But I dont quiet understand because what I thought was that UEFI is an alternative/replacement for BIOS. So how can you have a UEFI BIOS?

Technical Note: UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS,Advantech(EN) - YouTube

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I have a laptop which came with pre-installed windows 8 pro. BIOS has UEFI. I never liked windows 8 seriously. I tried using it more and more to get used to it but simply i couldn't. I am thinking to get rid of it and install windows 7 SP1 on it.
I just wanted to ask, will i be able to install it and will it work normally or will it make problems?

Specs of laptop are:
core i3 4010U
Ram 4gb (single module)
HDD 500gb ( C drive 60GB)

BIOS has UEFI (not sure what it is and what it does, i just know it is new type of file system for advanced OS) and also there is some kind of protection lock in BIOS to prevent installing other OS but i managed to unlock it from BIOS settings.

If i install win 7, will it work properly?

A:[SOLVED] Win7 on Win8 UEFI laptop?

Can you find Windows 7 drivers on the manufacturers support site?

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I currently have Win7 & Win8 preview in separate partitions on the same machine. I am trying to figure out the best way to install win8 pro on my system and keep my current dual boot setup with Win 7 intact and stay legal.

So....I have a 3 licence family pack of windows 7 of which I have used only 1 licence. Is there some way I can use one of the remaining win7 licences to upgrade win8pro over top of the Win8 preview and keep my current dual boot win7/win8 setup(legally) and without messing up my current Win7 installation (or Win 8 preview installation for that matter)? Is there any advantage in getting the OEM version instead?

A:Question- upgrading win7HP/win8 preview dual boot to win7/win8 pro

If I understand it correctly; Anyone dual booting a legit version of Window Vista, XP or Win7 and Win8 RP can use the upgrade version of Win8 to do a clean install over the Win8 RP version.

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I just purchased an HP Pavilion 20 All-In-One desktop computer that unfortunately had Windows 8 on it - I needed a computer immediately and no one in town had an all in one with 7 pro. I purchased Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit OEM software (from reputable store; computer is 64bit) and thought it would be an easy install - insert disk, follow directions. It acts as if it's installing windows 7, but when it gets to the screen which shows the language, time and - forgot the last drop down choice, I don't have use of the mouse or keyboard. I can't tab, use arrow keys, or anything. I have spent hours searching online before bothering anyone for free advice, but now I'm looking for free advice. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Also, do I post this in Windows 7 Pro or 8 ?

Let me add that this All In One does not have the touch screen monitor.

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Hello every one. I want to change the status from Enable to Disable "Lenovo's HotKeyMode".Onother knowledges wrote "go to BIOS, and change the HotKey status".But my S405 is working UEFI mode. I can go to BIOS or UEFI setting screen, but HotKey item is nothing. Where can I change the setting about HotKey? I'm waiting for your answers. Please help me someone.

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I installed a Win 7 and Win 8 dual UEFI boot (on a GPT-formated disk of course) on HD0. Both Win7 and Win8 boot fine when the Windows Boot Manager is selected on HD0. Then I installed Win XP and Ubuntu (on an MBR-formatted disk) on HD1. Both the Win XP install and the Ubuntu install boot via legacy bios (with CSM support) when HD1 is selected in the UEFI.

This is very similar to what Theog's setup is (or at least was at some point in time; see image below).

I can boot in UEFI mode on Disk 0 and boot either Win 8 or Win 7, or I can boot in BIOS/MBR mode on Disk 1 and boot either Win XP or Ubuntu. The problem is that I can not seem to get all four options to work from one boot screen.

The closest that I have gotten is to load a Windows 7 boot manager (bootmgr) and a BCD store on the Win XP partition and use EasyBCD and BCDedit to create boot options for all four operating systems. WinXP, Ubuntu, and Win7 all boot up fine this way, but Win8 gives me a boot error saying something like "invalid signature for winload.exe".

Is there a way to get this to work?

A:UEFI Multi-Boot (Win8/7/XP, Ubuntu) with MBR Windows XP

The above screenshot is using the One Time Boot Menu.

You can dual boot two+ UEFI mode OS's
You can dual boot two+ Legacy mode OS's
But not a UEFI mode & a Legacy mode.

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I am having problems installing UEFI & a Error 0x80004005 with Win8.1 OEM saying it can't create partitions for UEFI then creating 2 partitions for MBR installation instead.
This using a 400 TB, hard drive, setup with a GPT system & nothing else & ready for Win8.1 to create the patitions.

The first time it happened I used MiniTool Partition Wizard Professional, to delete the partitions created by Win8.1 & convert the MBR to GPT, then used Wipe Disk function to erase all data and set all the bits to a 1.

The only thing that I can think is upsetting the installation is that I have left the other drives in the system including 1x3 TB drive, 1x2 TB drive and a second 4 TB drive.
The 2 TB drive has "Win 7 Ultimate" installed using MBR, the 3 TB drive is empty but ready to install Win8.1 setup with GPT, and the other 4 TB drive has a UEFI Win8.1 installed but broken.
I have also tried to install UEFI Win 8.1 on the 3 TB drive but it failed with the same error code as above.

This UEFI takes a lot to get ones head around dose't it, and me being much older than I once was makes it even harder.
I need some help because I have tried this installation at least 3 to 4 times now and doing these "Wipe Disk Functions" every time has so far lost me 3 whole days just in wasted time.

I appreciate any help that can be given and thanks in advance for that help


A:Problems installing Uefi & Error 0x80004005 with Win8 cant

Best have only the drive you are install the OS to in-place.

Are you booting the DVD/USB in UEFI mode?

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Hopefully my explanation of this problem is not too confusing, this my first post.

My system is a multi-boot for Win7, Win8.1 & XP. I boot into Win7 most of the time. The multi-boot is controlled via EasyBCD in Win7. My data drive is a separate disk - F. I have been running this configuration for over a year without any major problems.

The system is an older Dell-XPS Core2 Quad CPU Q9450 A 2.66GHz with 8Gb memory
System drive - 1Tb with four partitions
Data drive - 1 Tb one partition

Recently I booted into Win8.1 after a few weeks of using only Win7. The data drive F: was not available. It does not show up in Disk Management and under Device Manager it shows as not connected to the system when the Unavailable Devices are displayed.

Booting back to Win7, the data drive is available, no problems with it. There are not any errors in the event/system logs in Win8.1 or Win7 related to the data drive F.

One possible cause might be that the motherboard battery was replaced about a week ago. I had to go in the BIOS and make changes for problems encountered when Win7 was booted. Unfortunately, I didn't boot Win8.1 to see if it had any problems. I've looked at the BIOS, but don't see anything that might cause this problem.

The config for the EasyBCD is below for boot into Win7
There are a total of 4 entries listed in the bootloader.

Default: Microsoft Windows 7
Timeout: 30 seconds
Boot Drive: C:\

Entry #1
Name: Windows 8.1
BCD ID: {3081a5c6-c566-11e3-808b-85773c60a873... Read more

A:Multi Boot-Win7 & Win8.1 - Data Drive not seen in Win8.1

First off, why so many entries in BCD ?

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Can someone please help me.
I installed Windows 8. Then created a new partition and installed Ubuntu on it.
But now if I want to select Windows 8 in Grub, it waits a couple of seconds and then restarts Grub.
Image: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B0B...lFrTnZORlE3T0U
Has anyone an idea how to get Win8(Consumer Preview) working again?

Thanks for every answer

A:Installed Ubuntu,Win8. Now if I select Win8 in Grub it won't start.

Have you tried the Ubuntu forums? I see this thread, perhaps it will help.

[ubuntu] Dual booting 11.10 and Windows 8 - Ubuntu Forums

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First, thanks for any help you can provide. I have Acronis 2013 Plus. What I am trying to do is image the disk of a Windows 7 machine (source) to a machine that had Windows 8 pre-installed (target - Gateway SX2110G).
I connected the Windows 7 drive to the new machine (USB data cable), disabled Secure Boot, and enabled Legacy. Booted to True Image and started the cloning of the drive. Everything seemed to go ok, but as soon as it starts to boot Windows 7, it gives a 7D BSOD. (the same BSOD it gives when I simply plug the source hard drive into the target and try to boot from it).
The source HDD (win 7) boots fine in its original machine.*I tried the startup repair that's included with the image.. does it matter if I use the one from a disc instead?
I've been stumped for 3 days. If anyone can help I'd REALLY appreciate it! Thanks!

A:Cloned Win7 drive onto UEFI Win8 PC, 7D BSOD after cloning

Did windows 7 machine have UEFI on the mother board? You will find a baremetal backup with UEFI can be tricky when migrating to another board.

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Okay, so I was interested to test out Win 8's boot time from "shutdown" (it's in quotes because if I remember it right, its shutdown is a complex hybrid with hibernation and a shutdown) to startup.

What I'm curious is though, has anyone with an SDD and UEFI tried it out to see if they achieved that 10 second boot in that MS video?

On the other note, I took a video of it booting on a regular HDD on an Asus G73SW. What do you think?



A:Anyone with a single boot SSD on UEFI tests if win8 really boots fast?

Looks the same as mine but I have found it's not really completely loaded at Start Up as it takes another 45 seconds or so for my task-bar icons to show up on my other monitors (Win Explorer, Fx Nightly and Outlook 2010).

Still, I can launch a Metro App straight away.

Hey, MS is working on it, I figure (hope) it will get better.

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I've create 2 partitions, 1st partition is Win7 SysPrep and the 2nd partition is Win8.1 Sysprep
I install Win7 and press Ctrl-Shift-F3 to form SysPrep, same as Win8.1 in 2nd partition.
I made this becuase I've 25 Dell new Win8.1 Computer which are UEFI. So I want to make a master computer which has both Win7 and Win8.1 with SysPrep in it. Then I want to clone it to the other 24 Dell computers.
CASE 1 : 2 different partitions with 2 different Windows :
If I install both Windows like above, when Sysprep Generalize Win7, it works fine. But if I SysPrep Generalize Win8.1, it's fine also, but never can boot again back to Win7. The start boot option is like this :
Windows 7
Windows 8.1
If I choose to boot Windows 8.1, it's fine. If I choose to boot Windows 7, it ever boot to Windows 8.1. It means nomatter I choose to boot which Windows, it all goes to Windows 8.1 ?????
CASE 2 : 1 partition for Win7 + Win81.VHD :
I install Win7 (C and press Ctrl-Shift-F3 to form SysPrep.
I create a Win81.VHD in Drive D: , imagex Win8.1 install.wim in it. Also press Ctrl-Shift-F3 to form SysPrep.
Sysprep Generalize Win7 is OK , SysPrep Generalize Win8.1 is also OK. But after that I can only boot to Windows 7 fine, when choose to boot Win8.1 , it always restart and back to the boot menu ?????
Can anyone help ? Thanks a lot.

A:Dual boot Win7 and Win8.1 SysPrep with UEFI GPT Problem

hello,you uefi setup issue is a little over my head ,lol ,but
when I setup a simple duel boot with 7&8 I too had same issue and I ran the win8 boot repair and it fixed the mbr [I assume]so I was able to then boot to either os, good luck.
run repair
Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8

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I have three P8Z77-V Deluxe mobos. I went to check the software and firmware and found a NEW dropdown for Win8 64 bit today. There was also a new UEFI BIOS out at the same time with no description of what changed.

Check to see if your mobo manufacturer is putting out new stuff...

A:ASUS just put a Win8 dropdown for my mobo plus a new UEFI BIOS update.

I checked on ASUS site for my system now, no Windows 8 in the drop down :<

I checked for the Mobo "P6X58D-E", the laptop "N65VZ" and for the Mobo "E45M1-I DELUXE"

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First, thanks for any help you can provide. I
have Acronis 2013 Plus. What I am trying to do is image the disk of a Windows 7
machine (source) to a machine that had Windows 8 pre-installed (target - Gateway

I connected the Windows 7 drive to the new
machine (USB data cable), disabled Secure Boot, and enabled Legacy. Booted to
True Image and started the cloning of the drive. Everything seemed to go ok, but
as soon as it starts to boot Windows 7, it gives a 7D BSOD. (the same BSOD it
gives when I simply plug the source hard drive into the target and try to boot
from it).

The source HDD (win 7) boots fine in its
original machine.

*I tried the startup
repair that's included with the image.. does it matter if I use the one from a
disc instead?

I've been stumped for 3 days. If
anyone can help I'd REALLY appreciate it! Thanks!

A:Cloned Win7 drive onto UEFI Win8 PC, 7D BSOD after cloning

Not surprised. Paragon will help with that. Make Windows 7 bootable after motherboard swap

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I would like to test power management of my PCIe SSD, ASPM can work well.
And I want to know L2 state work well, too.
Anyone knows how to let PCIe device enter L2 state in Win8.1?

A:How do I let PCIe device enter L2 state in Win8/Win8.1

AHCI will automatically do it, by talking to the bios.

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Why wont my Win8 phone come up on my Win8 tablet's Desktop in File Explorer by a USB connection. It did once, but no more. Any suggestions welcome. Thank you!

A:Syncing Win8 phone to win8 tablet by USB connection.

Could be a couple of reasons.

Reboot your phone. Sometimes they just won't talk to each other.All USB cables are not equal. If you use the cable that came with your phone, you should have no problem. If you are using a different cable that came with another device, it may or may not work.

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Hello Guru Members

I work for a small charity organisation for the elderly, (not trying to pluck heart strings), and the situation is that we were granted 7 new computers, these computers have Windows 8.1, and because we have an existing domain network we actually need to have Windows 8.1 Professional installed.

So prior to knowing that Windows 8.1 could not connect to our network, I had already started getting all the Windows updates, and cleaning the PC's of all the Lenovo add-on's software.

Once I realised that it was not Windows 8.1 Pro on the PC's but only Windows 8.1, being a charity we were able to purchase from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Centre 7 Windows 8.1 Professional licences.

I tried to use the VLC licence through the 'Windows Add-on's feature in Windows 8.1 , but a Volume Licence key is not accepted, and i have also been told that I must download the Windows 8.1 Professional .ISO from the Volume Licensing Centre, and install this particular download version.

But my question is, when I do the installation from Windows 8.1 to Windows 8.1 pro, will it give me the option to do an upgrade installation, I worried as I don't want to lose all the previous windows updates, and Lenovo hardware driver files.

Or, is there a way to get the Volume Licence Key into the existing Windows 8.1 to unlock the Pro features, or even a clever way to trick the Windows installation.

Any members help would be really helpful.

kind regards
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A:Can i do an upgrade install from Win8.1 to Win8.1 Pro?, beggin members help thanks

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I've a windows 8 Pro package that require me to install it as follows: Upgrade eligibility requirements apply. I had no problems here, I've upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro. Also I've had no problem having done the update through the Windows Store to Windows 8.1. I'm happy. My question though is thus:

Can I, with my legal Windows 8 Pro Upgrade-key-package download the Windows 8.1 Pro ISO and use that instead of the Windows Store feature to update my system to Windows 8.1 Pro?

Thank you.

A:Updating a Win8 Pro to Win8.1 Pro with a Legal Upgrad disc


Welcome To Eight Forums

Check out this thread:

Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.

Hope this helps

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Hey all,

I have been going crazy trying to find the nitty-gritty details of what goes on under the hood with the upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 on a Surface Pro 2 I am considering upgrading.

I am aware the many Windows 8.1 devices have OEM Product Keys embedded in the BIOS. I am trying to find information on how Windows 10, if installed from a .ISO bootable media, interacts with this key, and how Digital Entitlement plays into all of this. It's currently hard for me to make sense of a lot of this. Can anyone help clarify how all these elements play with one-another?

Another question regarding this process I have currently: If I use a NEW Windows 10 product key during installation, would the new key replace the previous (8.1 OEM) one in the BIOS?

The more I find out about all this, the more mystery there seems to be to it. I am just trying to find the cleanest way to install Windows 10 on a Surface Pro 2, and this BIOS OEM key and Digital Entitlement vs. Product Key thing is really confusing me. Sorry if this isn't the best place to ask, I'm just pretty lost right now and could really use advice from someone who's really knowledgeable about this stuff, currently.

Thanks all .

A:Win8.1 to Win10 and Win8.1 BIOS Product Keys on SP2?

Activation in Windows 10 - Windows Help

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According to the Tutorial, I SHOULD have been able to install Win8 Pro x64 retail onto a Seagate 3TB hard drive. The ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe mobo has UEFI BIOS on it and recognizes the drive as being 3TB in size.
When I went to install onto the 3TB partition tho, Win8 barfed ans said that it could not install on a GPT partition. When trying to create a 3TB simple volume or MBR partition, the 2TB partition showed up again.
Any ideas?

A:Unable to install Win8 x 64Pro Retail on 3TB GPT drive on ASUS UEFI

Is the installer on a usb stick?

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So I bought windows 8 online months ago and what I though was a repair disk that I thought I was making at the time did not work, so I ordered the installation disk. I'm trying to use automatic repair using my new install disk but it keeps telling me it is unable to make repairs because the target windows is locked. WTF? I'm full control administrator and are not connected to any network. I really hope someone helps me here cuz my win8 OS is acting very unstable. I love the new feature that lets one make repairs without touching any personal data. Speaking of data, I do have backups available if (and I have the feeling its what I will end up having to do) I have to do the most dreaded... Complete erase & Install... UGH!! GOD I HOPE I DONT HAVE TO!!!

A:Trying to use new win8 Disk to repair win8 on desktop But!

Originally Posted by Nathanr411

I really hope someone helps me here cuz my win8 OS is acting very unstable.

Hey. If you explain any issue(s) in how it is acting unstable, we might be able to help.

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Goody day, need help how to fix Error code: 0xC004C003. i update my win8 pro w/ MC (OEM key) to win8.1 Pro w/ MC through windows store. now i got that error and the watermark. well i thought when i update my OS, i still got the OEM key from my past OS. and yeah. im wrong.. any help how to fixed the water mark and bring back my oem key? any other positive way or suggestion for it before i used activator. Thanks

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Okay, my log is right below.
Can't afford much new software. I was running Wordperfect X3 and Corel Paint Shop Pro x3 and the photosoftware ran better than on Win XP. Actually so did WordPerfect. Upgraded to 8.1 on Sunday and no functioning in WordPerfect. I am at least an amateur and beyond writer and photographer.
I don't know where I stand on PaintShopPro, but how can I get my documents from WordPerfect? I can't find any support for WP X3. Is it still made? Can I make it run? If so, how do I get rid of WordPerfect Mail?

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8.1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4430 CPU @ 3.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 60 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 12207 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4600, -2016 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 1892623 MB, Free - 1825988 MB; D: Total - 13137 MB, Free - 1610 MB;
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 2AF3
Antivirus: ESET NOD32 Antivirus 7.0, Updated and Enabled

A:Solved: XP to win8 to win8.1 corel programs

Have you tried OpenOffice or LibreOffice which can open MS Word and Corel WordPerfect documents. And its free!

As for a Paint Shop Pro replacement, try Paint.NET from http://www.getpaint.net/

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running win8 pro
4 gb ram
64 bit
intel core 2 duo
avg internet security 2013
for two weeks, started having problems with java download. while playing games on pogo, games wouldn't play because of flash player and couldn't get it downloaded.
then today, ie, firefox, and chrome started crashing and now the os crashes.
my wife's son installed 8 about two months ago on her computer. to me, it seemed not quiet right and seems to have gotten worse as time went by.
we ran the installation disk to reinstall but now it crashes in a few ninutes after it boots.

A:browsers crash in win8 and win8 crashes

Was it established beforehand that this computer would be compatible with Windows 8?

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Is it possible to upgrade from Win8 32bit to Win8 x64bit or trick the PC into thinking its x64bit so I can install x64bit programs

A:Is it possible to upgrade from Win8 32bit to Win8 x64bit

No, you cannot trick it and you cannot upgrade. You can format and start over.

Is there a particular reason you want to get 64bit apps? Is it to take advantage of more than 4GB of RAM?

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I upgraded two computers from win8 retail to win 81. One totally failed and had to removed the hard drive and put it in my working computer, to roll it back to win 8.0. It would not boot at all not even to bios after that fiasco. The other computer went just fine. The MSI P7N motherboard with core2duo did not work after running and first reboot, it was left with a black screen. Had to remove hard drive put in other computer (newer with quad core, etc.. win8.1) and roll it back then put it back in the computer which had the fail. I still don't know what failed. I think that computers older than 5 years just don't have the proper hardware for Win8.1, but maybe wrong.

A:win8.1 upgrade win8.0 to 8.1 2 computers, one failed

New Windows 8.1 requirements strand some users on 8

I think that computers older than 5 years just don't have the proper hardware for Windows 8.1, but maybe wrong.

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How can I transfer items from File Explorer, etc. from my Win8 laptop to my Win8 tablet. A cable doesn't work. Would a 2 in 1 (dual) micro usb to usb 2.0 flash drive do the trick?

A:Transferring between Win8 laptop & Win8 tablet?

Cloud? Bluetooth? Wireless? If they share a homegroup, wireless transfer should suit you nicely?

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When I use File Explorer on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Preview I have the navigation pane set to 'show all folders' and 'automatically expand to folder'.On Win8 I use SkyDrive for Desktop, and I place the SkyDrive folder in 'C:\Users\Karl\'; and the SkyDrive folder appears in the File Explorer navigation pane under the Karl Dixon folder.Win 8.1preview has Skype for Desktop integrated into the OS.; and the SkyDrive folder appears at the top of the File Explorer navigation pane.
As I am currently back using Win8 due to an unrelated issue, I would like to know how to have Win8 show the SkyDrive folder at the top of the navigation pane whilst still using 'show all folders' and 'automatically expand to folder' settings.

I'm currently hoping that if I uninstall SkyDrive desktop on Windows 8 before I upgrade to the final release version of Windows 8.1, where SkyDrive will be baked-into Win8.1, that will fix it. I am only trying to replicate the behaviour of Win8.1 Preview, which I installed on both my Win8Pro and Win8EnterpriseN machines previously, and both had the built-in SkyDrive folder located at the top of the navigation pane in File Explorer.

A:SkyDrive for Desktop on Win8 and Win8.1 Preview

Hello Lilsting,

SkyDrive is not as integrated in Windows 8 as it is in Windows 8.1.

Do you have Show Favorites checked in your navigation pane settings?
Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8
Do you have the SkyDrive desktop app installed in Windows 8? Windows 8.1 doesn't need this.
Hope this helps,

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I need to rebuild Win8.1 update back to system specs. When I go to refresh or reset to factory original it asks for the disk. I put in my Win8 disk which is the retail from Microsoft. It comes back as the wrong disk. I think maybe because it is a Win8 disk and not a win8.1 disk?

Anyone have any thoughts how I can fix this?
Is there a way to get this done without having to reinstall win8 and patch all the way up to win8.1 update?


A:Can't Refresh or reset Win8.1 with Win8 Disk

Hello Blue1, and welcome to Eight Forums.

If you like, you could use OPTION ONE to download a Windows 8.1 ISO file with your retail Windows 8 product key, then create a Windows 8.1 installation DVD/USB from the ISO to use to refresh/reset with.

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

Hope this helps,

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I hav a Pentium 4 Williamette x86 processor. Can i install win8 (any ver) in my pc?

A:Win8 installation

Upgrade Assistant: FAQ - Microsoft Windows Help
run this and see what it reports
System requirements - Microsoft Windows
the above are the minimum spec required for win 8 32 bit

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I somehow seemed to have disabled my input methods.

I currently have two input methods, Korean keyboard and Japanese keyboard on a Korean Win 8 OS. For the record, korean and japanese input methods have a toggle key which converts them back and forth to English(korean) keyboard and English(Japanese) keyboard respectively [which both have subtle difference to a 'normal' English keyboard in that certain SHIFT key characters are in different places, etc].

Normally hitting the toggle key would switch from Korean/Japanese Keyboard to English(Korean/Japanese) Keyboard and vice versa, however the toggle key is not allowing this change at all.

Observe the three images below:

Images 1 and 2.
Image 3.

Normally there should be a current input method above the time in the taskbar for the first image; input method on the blank space next to the Power Icon for the second image; and it's not like the input methods were gone or disabled evident by the third image.

My question is, how do I turn the input method back on such that the toggle key will work and the input methods will display on the empty places on the first and the second image?

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This 64GB internal card was working fine on win8.0 Acer v5, laptop.

Tried four different SD cards, win8.1 could not see any.
I have checked with SFC and DISM no problems.
Hardware Diagnostic tool does not find the SD.
Updated drivers from Acer. No help.
Have Auto Play set to use for everything.
Tried 8GB and 32GB SD cards, nothing.
If I plug the SD cards into a USB adapter they all work fine.

This sucks big time as the SD is my daily back up drive.

Any help?


A:SD Card Gone after win8.0 update to win8.1

OK, problem solved. Win8.1 kept seeing the SD card slot and installing the "Standard SD card slot drivers.

Acer's Support for this model V5 showed the card reader as an Alcom or something close to that and I was pretty sure that was wrong. I reinstalled an older backup image of win8 and Device manager showed the SD card reader as Broadcom SD SCSI drivers.

I reinstated the win8.1 in place of the win8 backup and then I went back to the Acer V5 models then looked through until I found a card reader that had Broadcom drivers. Downloaded that and installed and all is well with the world again.

Who was at fault? Beats me, but the card reader is obviously telling win8.1 that it is just a vanilla slot. Acer got it wrong for not listing a Broadcom card reader driver with this model. On many of their models they list two or three different drivers, but for mine there was only one and it was the wrong one for what was actually in the laptop.

The original win8.0 worked fine as the Broadcom drives were installed at the Acer factory.

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Hoping for some help (Superfly?) with a similar issue, sorry if i'm threadjacking, can move it if needed. Thinkpad W540 purchased last summer, shipped with Windows 8 Pro but i do not have an email or car with the license key. I added on media center which required a separate key which I have. Earlier this year i kept getting the upgrade to 8.1 message and i finally gave in to end the annoyance. It went fine though i had to recreate various settings and such. About a month later, i started to get the activation notifications. I spoke with MSFT to said i was not on a Windows 8.1 Pro retail license (thanks to their pushed upgrade) instead of my OEM which i suppose makes sense. None of the license keys i had work for activation. Trying to make it go away by throwing money at it instead of time, i bought licenses of Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 8.1 Pro Pack. None of them worked... So now I don't know what to do which has lead me to this thread. See below for a diagnostic tool report. Any ideas on what i can/should do? I'm hopeful to find a license key and/or hot fix to make this go away as i really do not want to have to do a clean install of Windows. Thanks!

Tool Version: 6.3.9600.16384
Licensing Status: In Notification
Licensing Status Reason: 0xC004FE00
Local Genuine State: Invalid Licence
Local Genuine Result P: 0
Last Online Genuine Result:
Grace Time Minutes: 0
Total Grace Days: 0
Validity Expiration:
Active Partial Product Key: JK7QT
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A:Win8 To Win8.1 upgrade gone wrong

Hi and welcome to EF.

Seems you have tried a few key installs that failed ( currently you have the correct key installed which is a full WMC key that should not rely on a base qualifing Pro licence)
Anyway, the licencing store got corrupted - although there are no specific corrupted files as such, it may be prudent to run command prompt - admin:
sfc /scannow

Then try to activate with:
slmgr -ato

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What's better, upgrade a Win8 to Win8.1 or purchase Win8.1 ?


A:Win8 Upgrade or Win8.1 New Install

Upgrade the Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 is FREE.

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Wondering if anyone has done this? I am assuming settings would be lost and such. Can anyone confirm if the settings would be completely lost, or if they would be relocated to "Windows.old" folder?


A:installing 32-bit Win8 over 64-bit OS (Win7 or Win8)?

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I used windows 8 normally and has apps like steam/origin/avast/ccleaner etc and I have upgraded to windows 8.1 and the icons are still on my desktop(not incl Avast) and can be run but are not available on the start screen and cannot be found by searching via the start screen.

Extra info: Using StartIsBack

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Before I upfrade to win 10 I'd like to upgrade to win8.1 pro I have legit disk I bought, but when I try to install I get a message "serial number not match any on system" or something like that. I wiped the C drive but kept the recovery drives and still the same result. Restored the system to factory. Any ideas short of buying a new HD, and if the number is embedded in the MB then it won't help anyway.

A:How to upgrade from preinstalled win8 to win8.1 pr...

the product key is embedded on BIOS and honestly is not worth upgrading to windows 8.1 and then windows 10, it's better if you upgrade directly to windows 10. if your system has Home version sand you want the Pro version, you can simply upgrade to widnows 10 and then change the product key on it, it will switch to Pro version automatically. or you can do a clean windows 10 install and once at desktop change the product key http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/7209-product-key-change-windows-10-a.html 

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Hi all,
We have to reinstall Windows 8.1 several times a week, and on older PC's we find ourselves installing Win8 (original version), then doing tons of updates before getting to the stage where we can download and install Windows 8.1.  We have tried using the 8.1 disk, however it doesn't pickup the Win 8 licence number embedded in the laptop or rejects the the original Win8 OEM licence number.
This is costing us loads of time and downloads.
Does anyone know a work-around for this?

A:How To Install Win8.1 Without First Installing Win8

Hi Richard I guess this article on HowToGeek should help you with your issue.http://www.howtogeek.com/187525/how-to-perform-a-clean-install-of-windows-8.1-with-a-windows-8-key/You would have to test it on one or two computers however to see if it works for you.

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I do not have a Recovery CD from the Acer Recovery Software that you make to reset the pc back to factory default settings.And I then :

1) installed win 8 pro from dvd - and found I could not create a recovery dvd to reset pc back to factory default settings
2) reinstalled win 8 (not pro) which required the win 8 pro dvd to be put into the cd/dvd drive
3) when it was completed,i found that the acer software had all been deleted,and I still could not create the recovery dvd's after installing the acer software as there was message that said that the Hard Drive Configuration Is Not Set To Factory Default, for all options ....to create recovery dvd's or reset etc [as I guess the hdd has the os from the win 8 pro dvd and not the version from the factory.

And when I used the Repair CD
I) there was a message that a system image cannot be found.
Where is the OS that is in the hidden partition [from factory] that can be used to get back to factory settings???
that can be used to reset up win 8 with all the acer software??

I managed to make the repair cd and a copy of the drivers and applications of the acer software but there was no option to create the recovery dvd's as mentioned earlier.

Is there a way to get back to the factory state without sending the pc back to acer??

And now it also wants a key that I don't have,as I now have win 8 installed from a win 8 pro dvd

thanks in advance

A:win8 PRO Back To Win8-No Recovery DVD's

Welcome to EightForums.


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

You can a Microsoft Recovery USB Drive
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
Deleting the Recovery Partition is NOT RECOMMENDED

I personally DO NOT RECOMMEND using this METHOD above, as of the ERRORS you may receive below with the Microsoft Recovery USB Drive.You would be best off using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or Recovery USB drive.

I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.

How to make Acer Recovery disks.
ACER video's.
Windows 8 - Create a Factory Default Backup - Acer Recovery Management - YouTube
Windows 8 - Create a Drivers and Applications Backup - Acer Recovery Management - YouTube
Click here: Windows 8 - Restore Windows With a USB Recovery Drive - YouTube

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Last Fall I bought my wife a Dell All In One with Win8 installed. I seldom, if ever use it for I am sticking with 7 for now. She has Live Mail, Firefox installed and that is about it. No apps other than those that came with the machine.

Is it worth while upgrading to 8.1 and then 8.1Update?

If so, what is the simplest way to go about it?. Not necessarily the cheapest but the easiest.

Thank you very much.

A:Upgrade from Win8 to Win8.1Update

To upgrade from 8.0 you have to do it through the Microsoft store. When you do the upgrade from the Store to 8.1, you automatically will get 8.1 update 1. I just did the upgrade about 10 days ago and discovered this when i did the upgrade.

Windows 8.1 - Update to from Windows 8

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