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Finding Product Key on a Preinstalled Win 8.1 Laptop

Q: Finding Product Key on a Preinstalled Win 8.1 Laptop

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

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Preferred Solution: Finding Product Key on a Preinstalled Win 8.1 Laptop

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

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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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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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Hello,
I had a laptop about 7 years ago (a dell latitude) that had XP preinstalled on it. The computer's internal parts failed, and I just junked it, but I didn't retain a copy of the product key associated with the computer. Is there a way to obtain a copy of my product key form Microsoft, since I did have a license at one time and it is under my name?
Do they keep records like that?
Thanks

A:Finding Product Key for XP

Try Dell first. Best shot would be if you have the paper work with the Dell Service Code.

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Well, I want to go to the registry to find my 25 digit CD Key for windows. I understand there are programs for it, and I have used them. Im just wondering if anyone knows where it is in the registry... and yes I do understand it will be encoded, probably in hexadecimal.
 

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I'm having problems with my window XP opening. I have taken my hard drive out and put in an enclosure, and backed it up. Now I'm trying to determine the product key to reinstall it with the rescue disk. Does anyone know how I can do this?
 

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I've got 2 copies of Win7 Upgrade, how do I find out which one I put on my machine? The other copy I wanted to give to my niece and want to make sure she gets the one I didn't put on here.

Thanks!

A:Finding Product Key Used on Computer

Use WinGuggle, by downloading it from here.Other options: Product Key Finders

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Hi - I bought a Compaq pc several years ago loaded with Win 7, and MS Office 2007- I would like to register the Office so I can use it (never did) but have lost my product key-- I still have the Win7 product key and the Compaq model, serial # etc- the guy at BestBuy says they have a software to find the key on my pc for $100 - ouch - is there a way I can do it without spending that kind of money ? thanks for a reply
 

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I'm about to do a fresh install on my daughters laptop to clean it up with vista home basic. but I cant make out the serial number on the base of the laptop.
I can see the activation code in the network sharing centre but imagine I will be asked for the serial number when I do the install.
Is there any way of finding the serial number?
thanks

A:Finding Vista product key?

No, as far as I know, there is no way to retrieve the product key if you can't read it (and if that's its only location). In this case, you will have to activate by phone after the clean install.Give Microsoft a call and let them know the situation: 1-866-740-1256When the system asks you if you have the activation window open, answer "No" (you have to speak). When it asks if you have a "Volume License Agreement", answer "Yes" (even though it isn't true). You will be transferred to a real person. Explain to them that you reformatted but can't read your product key. They should be able to get you straightened out.

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Does anyone know how to find your product key once you have entered it. I have Visio XP, and I wrote the key down on the cd, now I guess I messed it up. I cannot get it accept the key. I am moving to another machine and I was wondering if I could somehow get Visio to print out my key that I used. It's still installed on the older machine until I get the new one set up.

It's what I get for trying to keep only the cd's anymore.

Thanks if you have any tips.

Rick
 

A:finding my visio product key again

It's in the registry. Either that or go to Help > About
 

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I'm in a bit of a mess over here and I hope someone here can save me. =)Status of current system:I have a Studio XPS Laptop that I purchased in 2009. A couple years ago the optical drive failed -- I currently have no optical drive.I've replaced the original hard drive with a new SSD. I have the original HDD (installed where the optical drive used to be with a special adapter). It has been formatted but it's POSSIBLE that the Recovery partition is intact.Problem:I installed Windows 10. My computer became sluggish so I re-installed Windows 7 Pro from a USB drive using a (LEGAL) ISO file from MS.The new Windows 7 installation needs my product key but the sticker on the bottom of my laptop is completely unreadable.How can I recover it?I have all the paperwork and disks that came with my laptop, if that helps at all. Thanks for your help!-- Scott

A:Help: Finding my Windows Product Key

Scott,
Unfortunately, Dell does not keep a record of the Windows 7 product keys that ships on the computers. If you downloaded an ISO from MS you will need to contact them for the product key, Even if you had the product key that came with your computer it would not work on an ISO download. Click the link below for more information obtaining a product key.
Get a new Windows product key
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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First of all I apologize if something similar was threaded, I just couldn't find anything to fix my problem.

I have a Windows 7 Ultimate x64, installed and activated. Fully licenced and legal (and working absolutely great). Now I've bought a new HDD, and want to reinstall OS on it. But the problem is I've lost my product key (and the original DVD with it). Now, the DVD is not the problem, I've managed to find one from a friend, but the key is a total mystery to me. I've tried all sorts of finding progs, but with no success. How can I find this thing for my reinstall/reactivation? Thnx

A:Finding a product key/reinstall/reactivation

  
Quote: Originally Posted by bobbydoors


First of all I apologize if something similar was threaded, I just couldn't find anything to fix my problem.

I have a Windows 7 Ultimate x64, installed and activated. Fully licenced and legal (and working absolutely great). Now I've bought a new HDD, and want to reinstall OS on it. But the problem is I've lost my product key (and the original DVD with it). Now, the DVD is not the problem, I've managed to find one from a friend, but the key is a total mystery to me. I've tried all sorts of finding progs, but with no success. How can I find this thing for my reinstall/reactivation? Thnx



Jellybean keyfinder works.

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So, my situation is this.

I have a laptop which has Win XP installed, but the installation has become totally corrupt. I can't get into Windows, not even in safe mode, and I tried repair install but it couldn't even find the Windows installation. So I'm thinking, I have no choice but to install Windows again right?

The laptop also has Xubuntu installed and I can access the Windows partition that way. But how would I get the product key from the Windows installation? Is there some file or files that I can take out and transfer over to another PC to check with some program or something? I tried looking around but I just can't quite make sense of what would be the best course of action here.

Oh and before you ask, yes there is a sticker on the bottom of the laptop but it's so worn out I can't see what the product key is. I have Win XP CD ready, but the product key on that CD is for my other computer so I can't use that.

Sorry if I make this sound confusing Help would be appreciated
 

A:Need help finding the product key of a damaged installation

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So I have a Toshiba Satellite P745-S4217 Laptop and a Dell Inspiron 530 desktop.
 
The desktop is running WIndows 8.1 Pro and the laptop is running Windows 7.
 
I'm trying to swap operating systems so it is the other way around, but I'm having trouble finding the right product key for windows 8.1, and I'm having trouble getting the Windows 8.1 Pro ISO to install 8.1 from a USB.
 
I was going to do the same thing for WIndows 7 to the desktop y getting the ISO and installing it via USB.
 
Any help getting the ISO files for both and finding my correct Keys is greatly appreciated.
 
I tried doing one trick someone posted about first starting a windows 8 upgrade, closing out of it, then starting a windows 8.1 upgrade which would make the install assistant send the ISO to a location I choose. The problem here was I tried the key I grabbed using KeyFinder(magic jelly bean) and the program said it was invalid.

A:Trouble finding Windows 8.1 Pro Product key

The key you retrieved using keyfinder is a "oem"key and the article about starting Windows 8.1 upgrade mentions that you cannot use a oem key. You cannot install the same operating system on two different computers.Microsoft does not allow this.

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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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A co-worker wanted me to clean up/repair his computer. It seemed to run fine so I removed downloaded software I knew he would not have wanted. Then I noticed it was blocking Google, and realized he had a virus and got Malwarebytes to see if it would find it. This did not work and the virus included a lot of adware and blocked a lot of internet sites, so I told him I could restore his computer if he wanted me to. However, when I did that I had a lot of image file errors. Since he did not care about anything on his computer, I decided to wipe his computer. I had my own Windows 7 Home Premium disk to boot from, which I did. I also reinstalled his drivers to connect to the internet. Unfortunately, I did not realize that only part of his product key was readable, and I did not check for it in his computer before I wiped it. Luckily I saved everything to a windows.old folder, but I don't know how I would find what his previous product key was. I tried "Magical Jelly Bean" but I guess that scans for the current one, because it said it was a default code when I tried to activate it using the code it came back with. I'd really hate to return it to him like this and make him pay 100$ for a new product key, so I was hoping there would still be a way to recover his product key.

The computer is an HP Pavilion dv6=6c43nr Entertainment
Let me know if there is any other information you need, and thanks for any help!

A:[SOLVED] Finding Product Key Post Wipe

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Originally Posted by ornlu88


A co-worker wanted me to clean up/repair his computer. It seemed to run fine so I removed downloaded software I knew he would not have wanted. Then I noticed it was blocking Google, and realized he had a virus and got Malwarebytes to see if it would find it. This did not work and the virus included a lot of adware and blocked a lot of internet sites, so I told him I could restore his computer if he wanted me to. However, when I did that I had a lot of image file errors. Since he did not care about anything on his computer, I decided to wipe his computer. I had my own Windows 7 Home Premium disk to boot from, which I did. I also reinstalled his drivers to connect to the internet. Unfortunately, I did not realize that only part of his product key was readable, and I did not check for it in his computer before I wiped it. Luckily I saved everything to a windows.old folder, but I don't know how I would find what his previous product key was. I tried "Magical Jelly Bean" but I guess that scans for the current one, because it said it was a default code when I tried to activate it using the code it came back with. I'd really hate to return it to him like this and make him pay 100$ for a new product key, so I was hoping there would still be a way to recover his product key.

The computer is an HP Pavilion dv6=6c43nr Entertainment
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I have an old computer (and when I say old, I mean dinosaur) that was given to me by a friend. It has Windows XP with no service packs (imagine how much fun it is to use that ), but it also has Microsoft Office 2000 on it, and I wanted to find the product key for it. I found WinKeyFinder, but that only supports Office 2000 SP2, and I don't have the time to install SP2 (it currently has no service packs). Microsoft said they wouldn't be able to do it, so does anyone have any ideas on how I can find it? Or will I have to just install Office 2000 SP2?

A:Need help finding the product key for Microsoft Office 2000

There is the Belarc Advisor that may be able to display the Product Key but since Office 2000 support was discontinued some time ago the program may have also dropped the older things. Actually, Microsoft has dropped support for Windows XP and Office 2003 and earlier versions.
Belarc Advisor - Free Personal PC Audit, for software, hardware and security configuration information on your computer. Software license management, IT asset management, cyber security audits, and more.

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Hello, sorry if this is the wrong forum, but I guessed it was the best one for it. My computer has gotten really clunky and likes to crash, so I decided I might as well clean install it. I keep my important stuff on my external, so there's not an issue with that. My problem, however, is that my product key is in an non-accessible email. I didn't think this would be a big deal at first, I just used a product key finding program, but since I have Windows 8 Pro with Media Center, the only key I can find is my Media Center key. I know this is only an add on key, I can't use it to activate my Windows. Is there anyway I can still find my original Windows 8 Pro product key?

A:Finding product key to clean install Windows 8

Maybe Superfly can help you:

Product key in control panel?

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Hello,

I was trying to do a "install repair" on my laptop to remedy some major problems I was having. I followed procedures given to me to "install repair" which basically requires you to reload XP. After I started the process and XP was reloading on the computer, the window came up asking for the "product key". The product key is long gone. Is there any way to located the product key on the Windows XP CD using another computer (since my laptop will not even boot up now). Any help would be greatly appreciated. I do not want to have to purchase Windows XP again. Thank you.

A:Finding Product Key For Windows Xp But I Cannot Boot My Computer

On BleepingComputer, we aren't allowed to discuss this because even if you are doing this for a legit reason, someone could come along and read this post and use the information for non-legit reasons.

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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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I have an HP pavilion dv6500 that has been preinstalled with Vista Home Premium 32-bit. The laptop is capable of running 64-bit, so is there a way for me to get it?

A:Preinstalled laptop

Hi, unless you use your pc for business applications wich need more processing power, it's useless to "upgrade" to a 64 bit version, it has many compatibility problems as i heard from people. Oh, and i don't know if there's a way to get a 64 bit vista ( other than buying it). Just wait for some experts asking

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Hi:

I've done a number of things to my laptop -- probably not a good idea -- in a desperate attempt to turn back the hands of time and restore my computer to a time when it worked at its most optimal. These efforts have primarily included a number of attempts to restore my system to earlier dates, or to configure my system to the last time it started up correctly. The latter restored my computer way back to 2010.

Though the original problem disappeared, a host of new problems have since cropped up, and are proving quite resistant to all attempts at eradicating them. Eventually, trouble-shooting research concluded that the kind of problems I was experiencing -- i.e. important security updates that consistently fail to upload, or Windows asking me repeatedly to reboot my computer in order to complete the installation of updates it had already installed; it transpired that my computer would benefit greatly if I were to re-install Windows Vista.

Without pause, convinced it was the easiest panacea; I re-installed Windows Vista, not by using a Windows Vista instillation disc -- I do not own one as my computer arrived from the store with Windows Vista already installed; but by following Lenovo Care software built into the computer itself. (The process was not unlike the one I followed when I was simply executing a system restore.)

It was only after I had done this, rebooted and then asked to activate the newly re-installed Windows Vitsa that I hit a snag: I needed the com... Read more

A:Finding Product Key, Security Update failures and DIBS Notify

If you are using Norton, you might want to get rid of it and use a good anti-virus instead. Use the removal tool from their site after uninstalling it. The DIBS service may have something to do with that (unless you don't have it ).
 

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Got a laptop fresh out of the box. But when I turned it on there was a user named mila already set up. Now I can't use the laptop. Plz help!!!

A:laptop can with preinstalled user

Hi,It should not have happened in a brand new notebook.Have you contacted HP reseller directly to sort out this issue?You can ask for a new unit citing this reason.RegardsVisruth

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Hello,

I just bought a Lenovo IdeaPad and saw it came with presinstalled "McAfee LiveSafe Internet Security".
Is it really an Anti Virus? because it mentions more things about data theft rather than being an Anti Virus.
Should I maybe remove it and install Avast, which I've been using since I remember having Windows?

By the way, I also downloaded Malwarebyte Anti-malware and it came with 1 month of full version trial that includes real-time protection. Is it going to interfere with the Antivirus real-time protection?

Thanks!

A:New laptop with preinstalled AntiVirus-should I remove it?

Yes, it is an AV. You can safely remove it if you want. Most notebooks come with preinstalled software. Malwarebytes realtime componenet should be disabled if you are planning on using Avast AV.

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Dear Sirs, I have HP laptop 2000 with preinstalled win 7 home premium.  However, unknowlingly I lost the factory set up.  Now I wish restore my system to its originality.  Can you please guide in this regard. The following are the details of lapton Note book model               HP 2000 Notebook PCProduct No                           LW433UA#ABA    

A:I have laptop 2000 with preinstalled win7 os

Hi, You'll need to use your Recovery Media to reset the notebook to its factory condition - a guide on using this media is on the following link. http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c01867418 If you didn't create this media, try ordering a replacement from HP on the link below. http://support.hp.com/us-en/mediaorder/hp-2000-200-notebook-pc-series/5091493/model/5171080/software... If this is no longer available from HP, the 3rd party re-seller on the next link still stock this media. http://www.computersurgeons.com/p-21198-recovery-kit-655020-002-for-hp-notebook-pc-model-number-2000... Regards, DP-K

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I recently bought a cheap little Toshiba Satellite Laptop computer. It came with a bunch of preinstalled software that Toshiba gave me for computer controls. After adding a few internet security programs it has 44 running processes at startup. I feel like the Windows XP computer control programs are all I should need to operate it. Do you think I really need any of these Toshiba programs? I'd like to uninstall them if I could.

I've included a hijackthis log. Thanks.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:29:25 AM, on 4/30/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\acs.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Toshiba\Power Management\CeEPwrSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\ConfigFree\CFSvcs.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\DVDRAMSV.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\Power Management\CePMTray.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\dla\tfswctrl.exe
C:\Program Files\ltmoh\Ltmoh.exe
C:\WINDOWS\AGRSMMSG.exe
C:\Program Files\Apoint2K\Apoint.exe
C:\Program Files\EzButton\EzButton.EXE
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\ConfigFree\NDSTray.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\E-KEY\CeEKey.exe
c:\TOSHIBA\Ivp\Swupdate\swupdtmr.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\Touch and Launch\PadExe.exe
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A:Should I uninstall a bunch of preinstalled software from my laptop?

If your machine is working OK and you are not cramped for disc space, I would leave it alone until you become thoroughly familiar with the machine. Processes numbering 44 are not unusual. Frequently it is over 60. If you choose to reduce the number of processes, do it using msconf or by editing the RUN items in the registry by commenting them out with REM in the KEY value one-at-a-time.
 

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I have a feeling im screwed here, but hopefully someone can offer a solution.

I recently bought an Asus s200e with windows 8 pre-installed. This does not come with a windows cd/dvd/usb or product key. I planned to replace the HDD with an SSD.. so i formatted the drive to mess around with debian and ubuntu. I read that the KEY was tied in with the UEFI and i could just boot windows 8 from a usb flashdrive when i bought my SSD.

So i installed the SSD on the laptop and created a UEFI bootable usb windows 8 iso from my windows 7 computer. This worked fine installing on the laptop but it says it's in 'evaluation' mode and valid for 90 days. I used Belarc Advisor to pull the product key and used the cmd: slmgr.vbs -ipk "product key here" to "activate windows".

But i dont know if the product key is that of the evaluation version or not as it still appear to be in evaluation mode, i was under the impression the product key was tied in with the UEFI?

How exactly am i meant to do a clean reinstall of windows 8? If the key is tied in with the UEFI then wouldn't it just pull the product key from there when installing.. im not sure why i have the 'Evaluation Version' unless i've downloaded the wrong iso..?

Thankyou for any help.

A:Clean install windows 8 on preinstalled laptop

UPDATE:

I think i do have the incorrect .iso - i went to activate windows through cmd: slui and entered the product key that i pulled with Belarc Advisor. It said the key works but it's invalid for this version of windows 8.

On quick reflection i realized theres windows 8 basic, windows 8 pro and windows 8 enterprise. So im in the process of downloading the basic .iso and hopefully activating it with the key from the UEFI.

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Hello,
My friend bought a Toshiba laptop with 320GB harddrive and Intel i3 processor. It has windows 7 preinstalled.We used the recover mode and backed up the OS. The initial space (1.46 GB) contains the OS system files. We used the shrink option in Disk Management utility of the OS to shrink the C: drive to 140 GB which was the minimum amount of space, the C: drive could be shrunk to - could not go lower than that. We want to repartition the C: drive to 3 partitions (40, 50 , 50 GB). Is it a restriction of the OS - maybe bad design - that causes this glitch. If we install another OS (multiboot), can we repartition the C: drive.
If we format the whole drive, then it is possible to do whatever we like with the HDD - as in the case of a fresh harddrive. But the preinstalled OS will be gone for ever. Help us find a way out so that the preinstalled partition does not get erased and we can repartition the C: drive.
rgds,
your friend

A:how to partition Toshiba Laptop with windows 7 preinstalled

Can you give us a screen snip of Disk Management of the HD ?

Start Computer Management Disk Management

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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Intro: Hello Eight Forums! Been lurking in this forum for a long time. I haven't made an account because when I found a thread it usually solves my problem right away which shows how great this community is! But now I think I have a specific problem I want resolved so I made an account to post this. So FIRST POST! (please be gentle)

Situation: I have a Lenovo Y410P laptop with an OEM preinstalled Windows 8 Single Language (64bit).

Two essential questions:
Is there any ISO I can find to do a clean installation of Windows 8.1 with Update 1 (64bit)?
Will I be able to activate it using OEM key integrated in the laptop?

Thank you in advance.

A:Clean install Win 8.1 update1 on preinstalled Win 8 Laptop

Yes be sure to download the Single language version. Get your system driver from the Lenovo Support website, and yes your OEM embedded key will work as long as you install the same version Core, Pro or single language (option one) Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create be sure to select the single language version.

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I just picked up a new laptop pre installed with windows 7, everything is running great but I am trying to make a complete reformat disk on a DVD (not a repair disk) before I go on the net and actually use the computer.

Ideally I want to wipe the system clean and put on just windows 7 with no bloatware.

I have made a repair disk its 160 mb or something, but I know that is not the complete version of the OS.

I could also make an image of my current computer which I just made, but again its not a clean copy of windows 7.

What I dont understand if something happens to my harddrive, what then? is the recovery disk going to magically bring back my OS at 160 mb from the bios alone?

I am running a VAIO VPC-CW17FX any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

A:Preinstalled Win 7 laptop need to make reformat disk

I would bet money that you have a recovery partiton that will restore the computer to factory settings...

Other than downloading a Windows 7 ISO off the net or copying one from a trusted friend...you are going to have to contact SONY and see if they will send you one

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Hi everyone, can I reimage the HDD including the operating system on a preinstalled system on a laptop with Acronis true image, to use as a backup? This is a new laptop and comes with windows 7 Home Premium already on the laptop. However, it does not come with a windows 7 home premium disc, to reinstall in the case of error causing damage to the OS. I was thinking of cloning the HDD to another SATA HDD. To use on the internet should anything go wrong with the system. The laptop in question is an Acer Aspire V5 15.6 I think it has only space for one HDD. All advice welcomed . Many thanks.
ticketyboo
 

A:Acronis cloning/ reimaging , from preinstalled laptop

LJSilver said:


Hi everyone, can I reimage the HDD including the operating system on a preinstalled system on a laptop with Acronis true image, to use as a backup? This is a new laptop and comes with windows 7 Home Premium already on the laptop. However, it does not come with a windows 7 home premium disc, to reinstall in the case of error causing damage to the OS. I was thinking of cloning the HDD to another SATA HDD. To use on the internet should anything go wrong with the system. The laptop in question is an Acer Aspire V5 15.6 I think it has only space for one HDD. All advice welcomed . Many thanks.
ticketybooClick to expand...

Yes,
Just open Acronis and click "backup" and save it to another hdd.
In the event of a problem, you would just do a Recovery to original hdd.
 

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I posted in the wrong forum so I'll just post a link to the thread plus a copy/paste of the OP.
Can't install Windows 8.1 or 7 on laptop - Windows 7 Help Forums

Little backstory: Its a HP Envy laptop with a 1TB HDD running on windows 8.
But the laptop has been having a lot of start-up errors and finally some files corrupted and windows wouldn't function properly. So I decided to reformat it to 8.1, a complete wipe to get rid of all the pre-installed HP crap.

So here's what I've tried, in the same order.

> I tried to install windows 8.1 through windows 8. -It failed after it restarted-
> I tried to install windows 8.1 through USB ontop of the Windows Partition (There were 5 partitions). -It failed because of a GPT (If I remember correctly) Partition error-
> I decided to delete all the partition and install Windows 8.1 ontop the entire 1TB disk space. -It started installing but then failed with an error code 0x80070057-
> I tried diskpart through CMD to clean the disk drive then followed with a format to ntfs -It always just sticks on 0 percent%-
> I tried all the same steps with Windows 7 -The exact same errors happen-

Please please please help! I've got one last option, plug the HDD into my desktop and try to format it that way but this is a lot of work so I'd like to keep it as a last resort.

A:Unable to install windows 8.1 on a preinstalled 8 laptop.

I would run some diagnostics on the hard drive. If you go to the hard drive manufacturers web site you should be able to find utilities that can be run from bootable media. It sounds to me like the hard drive has issues. The manufacturers utility should also be able to zero the drive. This will wipe it clean and get ride of any format info that may be blocking the install.

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I hope the title made it possible to understand what I meant!

I have a laptop (HP probook 4525s) that came with preinstalled Win7 Prof. 64bit.
The laptop won't start now (it might have a GPU problem I think)- and is in an overall bad condition, so now I'm trying to sell out the usable parts (the screen and the op. system if possible).
Yesterday someone told me that theoretically there's a way to "recover" my Windows from that machine- that's why I wrote detaching the license key from it, so someone else can buy it (as refurbished) and use it.
So.. do you think it's possible? If so, how? Does the process means doing something in BIOS?
Again, laptop doesn't work at the moment.
They told me if I can do it, I could sell the install DVD for 36-40$.

A:Detaching the license key on a laptop that has preinstalled Win7?

If the Licence came with the laptop it is an OEM licence and is not transferable to any other system - any such transfer would be classed as piracy of the software. basically if the laptop hardware fails then the licence is unusable

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I have a laptop which came with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. I did not make recovery disks or record the COA serial on the bottom. The hard drive failed, I have replaced the hard drive, and would like to install and activate the same OS that came with the laptop. I do have the Product ID and the original pre-installed (OEM) product key. I have working setup disc for Win7, correct edition and architecture - but it's retail. I have installed it successfully, but activation failed with the original OEM key.

The problem is that the COA key on the sticker on the bottom of the laptop is unreadable because the sticker has been worn out. I can read some characters of the key, however, so I have narrowed the key down to a set of 384 keys. However, it is not practical to try each of those possible keys. I think if I had the COA key, I could activate it, but there isn't really a way to get it at this point.

Is there a way to activate with the OEM key, other than what I have tried (i.e. activating from inside the completed install.) ? I think I read once that if you have the iso of the setup disc and can edit the files and repack it, then you can change it from a retail to OEM image by editing one file. Is this true? If so, I think I will try installing using that modified image. Otherwise, are there any other options?

Thanks in advance

PS: I have checked and I can purchase recovery discs from the Gateway (the OEM) but I would prefer no-cost options.

A:Activating fresh install on preinstalled OEM laptop

Without a key I can't really come up with a work around for you that doesn't involve cracking windows, which is not something we offer support for around here.

There may be some possibility that you can contact the manufacturer give them your laptop's serial and info and get the key out of them, though I kind of doubt that.

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I am looking to install Win7 Ultimate on my ASUS system and have 2 drives. I need win7 for work and really dont like 8 anyway. 8 was preinstalled. As you can tell from the screenshot i have a Virtual Clone drive (H: ) of the win7 iso. The BIOS has UEFI. Basically wanting to dual boot. I have been looking at the 7 & 8 forums trying to find a thread with this kind of install and no luck. What is the correct way to do this?

A:How do i install Win7 on a Preinstalled Win8 laptop?

Here is a great tutorial that can help you out for this: Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7 *edit* if you need to dual boot both 7 and 8, that may be a different story *SEE POST BELOW*

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I hope the title made it possible to understand what I meant!

I have a laptop (HP probook 4525s) that came with preinstalled Win7 Prof. 64bit.
The laptop won't start now (it might have a GPU problem I think)- and is in an overall bad condition, so now I'm trying to sell out the usable parts (the screen and the op. system if possible).
Yesterday someone told me that theoretically there's a way to "recover" my Windows from that machine- that's why I wrote detaching the license key from it, so someone else can buy it (as refurbished) and use it.
So.. do you think it's possible? If so, how? Does the process means doing something in BIOS?
Again, laptop doesn't work at the moment.
They told me if I can do it, I could sell the install DVD for 36-40$.

A:Detaching the license key on a laptop that has preinstalled Win7?

If the Licence came with the laptop it is an OEM licence and is not transferable to any other system - any such transfer would be classed as piracy of the software. basically if the laptop hardware fails then the licence is unusable

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I bought a new laptop, it came with McAfee LiveSafe.
I heard only bad things about McAfee and apparently it just slows everything down.
Should I uninstall it and replace it with any free AV?

If yes, what Free AV is best (lightweight on system resources yet reliable) for Win10?

A:Preinstalled McAfee LiveSafe on laptop - Should I Uninstall?

Hi there

for PRIVATE users McAfee is known as Mc AWFUL --horrendous resource hog and not very good anyway. Uninstall - and I know I have a difference with about 90% of people on this forum in regard to A/V software but IMO Windows defender plus safe surfing is good enough --however if you MUST install A/V software there's loads of better alternatives than "Mc AWFUL" which really is simply HIDEOUS in any way shape or form you care to name.

The best protection IMO is still HUMAN BRAIN !!!.

Cheers
jimbo

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ok so my product key on my laptop base is XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-KVWXP
but the one that windows reports(useing slmgr.vbs -dli in run command) end in KKMRQ also tweakVI also reports this(with a totaly different key but ending in KKMRQ) why has this happened im confused as to why its like this. thanks
 

A:product key: sticker on laptop key is different from actual product key???

The product key is encrypted in the Registry, so maybe one of those commands/utilities has the wrong encryption algorithm.

If you bought new the key on the sticker on the laptop is your personal unique key and the one in the system is the OEM's "volume license" key.
 

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Hey guys, I know this has probably been asked tons of times before, but I could not find an easy answer to my problem during my search.

I have a laptop that came preinstalled with Windows, and I want to do a clean reinstall when I switch to a SSD harddrive. I tried to download Windows from the Microsoft homepage with my product key, but I am not allowed because it came preinstalled.

Is there any easy way to work around this, and still use my existing key?

Thanks in advance for you answer.

A:Reinstalling Win7 Home Premium on preinstalled laptop

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Tutorial above.

You need to pay particular attention to step 1 to find a source for the ISO that can be burned to a disc. Or else borrow an install disc from someone.

Or give up on the idea of a clean install and instead transfer the current OS to the SSD via a clone or image.

Or hold your fire for 3 months or so and try to take advantage of the "free upgrade" offer to Windows 10, despite all the unknowns about that process.

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Hi everyone ..

I have a problem in my vaio laptop i7, I used to have the preinstalled windows 7 home premium but i mistakingly formatted the recovery partition while installing Ubuntu 11.04 in the machine.

Previously I have made 4 discs which are the recovery discs. The current problem is when i insert disc#1 the recovery process stops at 9% .. I was able to get the partition back by setting the BIOS into the default value. but still it cant seem to be restoring..

any guidance would be much appreciated ..

Thanks

A:How do I restore the preinstalled windows7 in Vaio laptop after format

All Linux code must be deleted using the CLEAN ALL command.As you have had linux on the HD you need do a Clean all & full format.

Try a full clean & full format in command prompt.
1) Boot DVD & Press Shift+F10 (for command prompt)
DISKPART : At PC Startup
2) Boot DVD, & Command Prompt at Startup
(for command prompt)

Type in command line
DISKPART
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK # (win HD)
CLEAN ALL
CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY
SELECT PARTITION 1
ACTIVE
FORMAT fs=NTFS
ASSIGN
EXIT
EXIT




SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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