Over 1 million tech questions and answers.

Will I lose my WMC license if I reinstall Win8

Q: Will I lose my WMC license if I reinstall Win8

I bought windows 8 a few months ago only because the deal was too sweet, but never installed it until recently, and that was only because I got the free Windows Media Center license that would expire on Jan 31. So I upgrade installed my Win7 install and everything went ok, but somehow, a few weeks later, my RAID setup broke. Luckily I back up everything. But I've never been a big fan of upgrade installs and want to start over. I know Windows will install fine, but I use WMC a lot, and wonder if I can reinstall using my license, even though its after the 31st. I had already installed it, so i don't think I'm not abiding by the rules.

RELEVANCY SCORE 200
Preferred Solution: Will I lose my WMC license if I reinstall Win8

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Will I lose my WMC license if I reinstall Win8

Let me know too...

Read other 15 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 66.4

Hi
I am running Win8.1 Home on my laptop.  I have access to a Win8.1 Pro (volume license) through my university. 

My question is - how do I do the upgrade, keeping all my data and system settings intact?
(I have looked at the info online, and the closest I have come to an answer is 'you need media, this cannot be done through the online Store'.  I have an <Win8.1-Pro-x64 .ISO> disc, is this sufficient?)


Thanks for any pointers.

Read other answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 62.4

So, I currently have a Windows 10 Pro license upgraded from Windows 8.1.

If I buy a new SSD, and install Windows 10 using the same CD-Key which my current Windows 10 has (no other hardware change, only SSD) will that work or will I have to buy a new license?

A:Will I lose my license?

I have 2 SSD's installed on my machine, one is a CLONE. After I make a new CLONE, (backup purposes) I usually boot up on the Clone and test for a day or so. No Problems yet.

Read other 1 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 60.4

I want to upgrade from 7 to 10 so that I won't lose the chance of upgrading my laptop to a newer version of Windows for free, although I cannot practically make this change until an important piece of software I use daily for work will start supporting Windows 10, which might take a couple of years from the looks of it. Therefore I have to revert back immediately. Will I get to keep my Windows 10 license if I do this, and maybe upgrade when the software I use fully supports the OS? I have a retail key (not OEM) and I've only ever used it on one PC.
Also, do I have to use the built-in revert system or can I just flash back a previous backup image of my hdd?

A:Do I lose my license if I revert back to a previous OS?

Originally Posted by yarakkurek


Will I get the keep my Windows 10 license if I do this, and maybe upgrade when the software I use fully supports the OS?



Yes. After the initial activation you have a permanent digital entitlement stored on Microsoft Activation servers. Subsequent installs of the same edition and version of Windows 10 on the same computer will retrieve the digital entitlement for activation.






Originally Posted by yarakkurek


Also, do I have to use the built-in revert system or can I just flash back a previous backup image of my hdd?



You can go back to your previous OS any way that you choose to. If you clean install it from install media, however, you may be required to provide the product key for it.

Read other 3 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 58

Hi
What kind of license should i buy if i want to install 10 Virtual machine on a Vmware esx enviornment ? 
Are the licenses should be similar to the ones i buy when buying a new PC or Laptop ? 

Read other answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 58

When I was reading about installing Windows in a Hyper-V VM on Windows 8.x, I thought I had read that Windows is licensed per host, not per VM, so you can use the same product key for Windows 8.x in the VM as on the host.

But now that I've installed Windows 8 in a Hyper-V VM on Windows 8.1, it's telling me that it can't use that product key because that product key is already in use on another machine:

"This product key is already being used on another PC. Try a different key, or buy a new one."

So, does each Hyper-V VM running Windows 8 require it's own product key, even if the host is running Windows 8 and is activated?

A:Win8.1 in Hyper-V VM asking for different license key

A VM is considered a separate machine and requires a separate license.

Read other 3 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 57.2

I got me a laptop which has Windows10 on it. For personal reasons, and I do not want to start an argument as to why I would want to "downgrade". Can I activate Windows 8.1 with my Windows10 license?

A:Can I use win10 license to activate win8.1?

Short answer - No

Basically every licence is tied to a particular OS and type, Also OEM licences which are the type supplied with new hardware also have additional limitations. You would also have to source drivers for 8.1, which may or may not be available. There have sometimes been included downgrade licences available on previous OS versions( mostly to business, but sometimes to home users), these are not, as far I I know, being offered at all with Windows 10

Read other 1 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 57.2

Here is a link concerning the new OEM System Builder license. (Edit: Perhaps I should have emphasized originally that I am talking about the OEM System Builder [Personal Use] License even though that is what I linked to). Below is a snip of, to me, its key provision, although there are other important provisions allowing use on a second machine and sale to a another individual. MS always seems to muddy the water when it comes to the OEM System Builder license. Ignoring the VM possibility, the way I read the snip is that 8 can be used, for example, as one of the operating systems of a dual boot given installation on a separate partition. Do you think that this literal interpretation is what MS means. Why would a dual boot, for example, be required? And, why wouldn't one be able to install on a second drive--not just a separate partition?

OK fine, even if my literal interpretation is correct, then I, for one, am up for buying a Win7 computer, partitioning it, and going for the OEM system builder dual boot--thus extricating myself from the clutches of MS, my computer manufacturer, and crapware. Also, why not just buy a new Win8 machine and obliterate everything there--starting over with UEFI, if desired, and doing the dual boot.

My understanding is that MS is being pretty loose, at least informally, in interpreting its OEM System Builder license. I doubt that even, for example, the dual boot thing is an operational requirement. What would be the point?

I am interested in anyt... Read more

A:Win8 OEM System Builder License

Here's more for the System Builder EULA.

http://www.eightforums.com/general-d...tml#post129488

Read other 59 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 57.2

Hey, Do anyone know how to recover the license key of Win8 on a HP Elitebook 840 G1? I was pretty sure the license was under my PC, but i thought worng.So i didnt extract the Win8 license before installing linux for a project. Earlier i thought of reinstalling i thought might as well install linux on the laptop then going back to Windows later.It happens that under the computer it just say "Pro Windows 8" on a Windows sticker. So i kinda lost my key, the one it was preloaded with.Any idea?













Solved!

View Solution.

A:How to find license key to Win8 on a HP Elitebook 840 G1

@MrPrecise Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums! You can run this utility to retrieve the product key:  https://github.com/Superfly-Inc/ShowKeyPlus/releases/download/ShowKeyPlus6125/ShowKeyPlus.zip But ... you can NOT run that in Linux, so you would need to boot your PC from Windows media. If you do some Googleing, you will find places you can go that will provide instructions on how to create WinPE boot media.  And, once you have that, you can boot from that and then install the utility.We can proceed when you provide the information.Thanks

Read other 3 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 56.8

This recent thread (Way of Performing Clean Install of Windows 8 OEM) (which also spawned this one--Marketplace Vote Win8 OEM Machine) identifies a number problems arising because of the way OEM?s (particularly Dell) are installing Win8. The first thread, at its most fundamental level, deals with this issue.







Originally Posted by natakuc4


The point I am having issues with is to obtain Windows 8 media to clean install Windows 8 on a machine with Windows 8 OEM preinstalled without buying a second license.



This issue remains unresolved. And, it raises other important issues.

What happens if an OEM Win8 machine owner wants to reinstall Win8 using a purchased second license? Let's say he purchases Win8 system builder software to reinstall under the personal use license. In this regard, the product key provided by an OEM is somewhere embedded in the OEM Win8 machine (some say baked into the mobo, while others say embedded in the BIOS (what about UEFI?)).

Anyway, could/would the "embedded-ness" of this key cause any problems in reinstalling, as mentioned, using system builder software under the personal use license?

And, let's relax the system builder assumption--assuming instead that the owner purchases retail Win8 upgrade software. Here, could/would the "embedded-ness" of this key cause any problems in reinstalling cleanly as our tutorials show can be done (but maybe not in this case)?

Finally... Read more

A:Effect of Embedded Product Key on OEM Win8's--New License

Originally Posted by znod


In this regard, the product key provided by an OEM is somewhere embedded in the OEM Win8 machine (some say baked into the mobo, while others say embedded in the BIOS (what about UEFI?)).

Finally, for sure, where is the OEM provided product key embedded on the OEM Win8 machines?



I will relate my experience installing Win 8 Pro with Media Center.
I have a Gateway that had Win 8 OEM.
I went to the store & bought Win 8 Pro with Media Center.
I followed the instructions & got it installed without any problems.

Just to make sure everything was OK, I called--

Microsoft Product Support Customer Phone Number | Shortest Wait | Best Support | GetHuman.com

And talked to a Tech guy about it & he did a RPC & changed a few things free.
That was nice.

The point here is the new Windows had its own Product Key.
Different from the OEM Key.

There was a post here a while back about finding the Product Key.
The attached VBS script was posted.
It works good.

It showed my new Product Key.
And Product ID.
The ID being what you give to Microsoft when you ask for help.
You can find it in Control Panel under System.

I wrote down my ID & Key so I would have a hard copy to refer to before I used the VBS.

The VBS showed the exact same info I had written down, so I know it works.
Right click it & choose to Open with Command Prompt.

I hope this information is useful to somebody.
Added a picture-

Read other 33 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 56

As a student, I have a free key for Windows 8 Pro 64 via my school's Dreamspark Premium account, and have just purchased an mSATA for my laptop.

I?d like to going from my current setup of:

HDD = boot drive & data drive, with Windows 7 Pro 64

To:

mSATA = boot drive, with clean install of Windows 8 Pro 64 from Dreamspark Premium
HDD = wiped, then used as data drive

I?d prefer to nuke all the content on my HDD from orbit during this process.

--> Does anyone know whether Dreamspark Premium Win8 Pro licenses can be used as "clean install" licenses (i.e. are they System Builder)?
-->Even if they don't, will the installer detect the Win7 install on the HDD an allow a Win8 "upgrade" onto the new, clean mSATA?

A:Dreamspark Win8 license: upgrade or system builder?

Ok, confirmed here: http://www.eightforums.com/general-d...questions.html by Mystere. Dreamspark licenses are non-Upgrade.

Read other 1 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 56

Think this is ok, but read what is probably scare tripe that MS was documenting Win8 upgrade machine info with Win8 upgrade and killing licenses for old o/s on that machine.

Have an older machine prebuilt with Win7 Home that I upgraded to Pro with Anytime. Saved image. Friend was having XP troubles, so I installed a legal XP license on the box & used it for a while. Then loaded 8.1 Preview. Now want to use Win8 upgrade (the cheap one from Jan) on the box. To me, that's an upgrade over XP. I'm thinking my Win7 license is still legit if I need it in the future.

A:Win7 oem license good if Win8 upgrade from XP install?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by dianedebuda


Think this is ok, but read what is probably scare tripe that MS was documenting Win8 upgrade machine info with Win8 upgrade and killing licenses for old o/s on that machine.

Have an older machine prebuilt with Win7 Home that I upgraded to Pro with Anytime. Saved image. Friend was having XP troubles, so I installed a legal XP license on the box & used it for a while. Then loaded 8.1 Preview. Now want to use Win8 upgrade (the cheap one from Jan) on the box. To me, that's an upgrade over XP. I'm thinking my Win7 license is still legit if I need it in the future.


Hiya there

Let me see if I have this right

1) Machine with windows 7 installed (oem) upgraded to Windows 8

as I understand it, your legal licence for that machine is now windows 8


2) you then installed XP on the same computer and now want to upgrade that to windows 8

as I understand this wont you have to pay for another win 8 (8.1 this time) upgrade, as your licence for windows 7.. has been upgraded to 8 ? in other words what you have is windows 8 and windows XP.


Interesting question, I have no doubt someone with more knowledge than me will come along to answer this.

Andy

Read other 9 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 56

I'm wondering how to use my migrated Win8 Retail license on my next machine. It will be a few years from now and well past the free upgrade offer.

I've used Showkey and I'm not sure if what it returns will be usable. If memory serves me (don't trust it myself) I think it's either the default Win10 Pro key or my Win8 Key (I'm on Win8 now, will post an image next time I'm on Win10).

The default Win10 certainly won't activate and the Win8 key will not upgrade after 29 July 2016.
The digital entitlement won't be valid - that's for the old machine.

It will most likely require phone activation and that's not a problem. I'll just have to remember that's how Win10 will activate given this scenario.

Remember: it's a Retail licence
I understand and comply with all of the legalese (one machine, remove from old...)

Any thoughts?

Read other answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 56

Hi,
I bought a ThinkPad Edge E430 with Windows 8 Pro DPK TPG. There's no product key. No product key also below or under the battery, but sticker has sticker with Win8Pro. I did recovery usb disk drive from (create recovery drive ) option in control panel with Copy contents from the recovery partition to the recovery drive checked box. Is that enough, if you damage the disc and need to install new windows? What should i do to not lose my license if the disk is damaged or the motherboard in the future?

Thanks in advance!

A:How create full backup license for Win8 Prox64 DPK TPG?

Welcome to EightForums.

   Information

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




Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

Check out chapter 3 in this manual:

http://download.lenovo.com/consumer/...12_english.pdf



You can order OEM Recovery disks from your OEM manufacturer's website.




You can also use the Windows system image.

System Image - Create in Windows 8

Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

Read other 2 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 55.2

I had partitioned my main harddrive into 2 parts - one part for windows, one part for programs. I had installed everything to the second part of my partitions. I have been thinking about reinstalling windows. Will I lose all those programs? Like when I start up the freshly installed windows os will they still be functional?
 

A:Want to reinstall windows but not sure if I will lose everything

Read other 15 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 54.8

Hi

I work in a store that sometimes requires me to pull office keys (pre-2013) off the system before we do the wipe so that after we reset the system back to factory we can then use the same key to reactivate the office after an install.

SIW Portable (Free) does not work on windows 8

does anyone else know of any decent portable license polling applications

thanks
 

A:Solved: Portable Free App to poll Office License info on Win8

Read other 6 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 54.8

I canīt run Windows Me, because "the file VMM32.VXD" is corrupt. I guess I have to reinstall Windows, but I would like to keep the files I`ve already had in my computer. Is that possible? Or reinstalling Windows would erase all?

Cheers.
 

A:If I Reinstall Windows ME, do I lose my files?

I assume you are getting a message that the file is corrupt, not the message "VMM32.VXD is required to run Windows. If this file is not in your PATH, you may need to reinstall Windows." (if that is the message you are getting, check out this:http://support.microsoft.com/kb/194679)
But to learn more about the file and how to repair it, check out: http://www.easydesksoftware.com/news/news10.htm and http://www.helpwithwindows.com/techfiles/vmm32.html
(the latter was written before ME but the fact remain the same).
And welcome to this forum!!
 

Read other 2 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 54.8

Hello everyone,

First off, Thanks for the instruction.

Second - I'm planning to reinstall my windows 8 in my laptop, which was pre-installed with a recovery drive. I'm doing this because the either my memory usage or disk is running way too high than what I actually used. I've tried googling for solutions but none of them worked. Second, every time I do an update from windows or Hp, then it reboots but it goes automatically in "diagnosing PC" or "automatic repair."

The BIG QUESTION is when I reinstall windows 8, will I LOSE ALL MY DATA?

My layout in one hard drive, partition into 5:
C: Operating System
D: Recovery Drive
X: My data
Y: My data
Z: My data

So when I re-install, will I lose all my files in drive X, Y, and Z?

Note: I don't have an external disk to back it up for the time being (my last one recently failed).

I would be very thankful for your help. Thank you.

A:when I reinstall windows 8, will I LOSE ALL MY DATA?

I'm pretty sure you'll lose installed programs, but you may be safe with your data if you're very careful. However, if it were me, depending on how much data you have, I'd be caught backing it up.

Got an extra SATA hard drive laying around? Get a docking station for the drive and put your data on that temporarily. You don't have to move it, just copy it to the hard drive. Then, if things go bad, you can then put your data back on the laptop.

Here's a USB 2.0 docking station at newegg. They run from cheap (this one) to rather expensive. I have the Black X and it's sitting in my computer closet waiting until the need arises once more. Follow the link and then do a search for docking stations and find one that will fit your needs.

Rosewill RX-DU101 Black External Enclosure - Newegg.com

I do love my external drives, but the Black X came in really handy when my first external went belly up.

Read other 14 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 54.8

I've searched through some other responses to this question but couldn't find the exact answer for my situation. Sorry if it's a repeat.

I recently fried the bios on my mobo and thought this was a good time to upgrade. I will be replacing the mobo and memory but want to keep the rest including my hard drives. I understand there are different thoughts about whether I will have to reinstall XP or if I can repair it.

Would I lose ALL the files on the HD if I have to fully reinstall XP?

Is XP going to not let me reinstall thinking its a new machine? I can't get the files off the HD easily because my bios is toast and I can't boot the machine as it is now.

Any ideas? Suggestions?

Thanks in advance -
 

A:Reinstall XP with new motherboard - will I lose my HD data?

Read other 8 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 54.8

Hello,

i am in panic because my Dell - Windows Vista Ultimate 32bit SP1 computer wants me to boot from CD.

it has been acting up lately so i decided to back up all my files today. unfortunately, it will not log me in; will not go into safe mode or last good configuration; it wants me to boot from the cd drive; when I placed the "reinstallation dvd - OS - Windows Vista Ultimate 32bit SP1", it is asking me about the language and if I agree to the license terms .....

I am now panicking because I realize that I might lose all my files. Quickly, I turned off my computer and now having a panic attack. At this point, I really do not care for the computer anymore. I just want to make sure that I still have my files safe and that I can recover it. Please, can anyone help me. Thanks.

A:don't want to lose my files if i reinstall Vista - help please

You can back up with ubuntu if it become necessaary
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...dows-computer/

But we need not go there yet lets see what we can do.

Dont worry.

Tell me what happened.

Read other 15 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 53.2

Hello all.
I have a question I been racking my brain with.

If i go to a mom and pop computer repair shop,or even geek squad. I bring in my computer and tell them "i need you to reinstall windows" what do they do?...if there is a cd or recovery partition great...BUT what do they do if say I blew out my recovery partition? my hard drive died?...I don't have the CDs.....

per microsoft EULA, from what i understand, they are supposed to sell a new licensed copy of windows..correct? but how many do that? i know i have called and been quoted $100 for the whole job...no way that is a new copy of windows.

I am curious for curiosity sake, but also because I do my own computer repair on side...I mean I can throw a cracked version on my stuff if i wanted to..but thats not legal...surely these computer repair places arne't using illegal cracked versions?

thanks for reading.

A:Reinstall windows/license

Hi most likely they have volume licenses

Read other 1 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 53.2

I have around 5 different models of Dell Machines (Vostro 430's & Optiplex 7010's) which have no OS on as they have had Linux on for past few years. I now need to reinstall Windows 7 but have a concern with the Dell recovery disc I am using.

Each machine has a Windows 7 Professional OA sticker on with a license key - how can I get an OEM CD which can be used on each machine then I input the license key for each one?

Dell gave me a recovery disc which I installed on 2 machines but when I checked to see what the license key was using 3rd part software I found it had put the same key on both machines and neither key matched the stickers on the machine. I am confused as Dell told me this is ok if its activated but I thought you must have separate keys on each machine?

I have been going backwards and forwards for few days with Dell & Microsoft - can anyone advise me as I have to get it right as its for business use.

Thanks in advance

A:Dell OEM License reinstall help - same key on each

Product Key: 32KD2-K9CTF-M3DJT-4J3WC-733WD
Product ID: XXXXX-OEM-8992671-00524
Vendor: Dell
Haha ! You had installed Windows 7 Professional on two machines and those have the above Product Key and Product ID - Right? That is no secret and I am no magician . All Dell machines installed with Windows 7 Professional will have the same OEM SLP key.

If your other two DELL machines too have the Windows 7 Professional stickers, go ahead and install Windows 7 with the same recovery CD. ( I think it is more correctly called/named Reinstallation DVD and not Recovery CD. ) The machines will get activated automatically.

These machines have an identifier SLIC table embedded in the bios and when the installed OEM Files and key match with the SLIC, they get activated.

In cases where the SLIC table gets corrupted, such OEM activation will not go through. You can then use the Product Key on the sticker to activate your Windows. Each machine will have a different Product Key on the sticker and Microsoft knows which Product Keys have been given to DELL when it reaches their activation servers.(If the Key is legible, please take a snapshot and keep it safely for such a rainy day)

Read other 6 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 52.8

I mean the email account settings (username, password, etc)? Or will I have to add all email accounts again after re installation of Office 2013? Thanks

A:If I uninstall/reinstall Office 2013, will I lose my email accounts?

You would have to Re-add them again. Its a safety Feature.

Read other 6 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 52.8

Hi There,

I reinstalled windows a few days ago and today have started noticing some popup windows that I only just realized were related to windows license.

I can't get a screenshot of the window yet, but when it comes up again I will post it, however it tells me to go here:
http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/validate/
I used the windows key that is on the back of my computer (which is from PCSpecialist), and it has worked twice before.

I can not attempt to re-activate windows because I cant get onto control panel and I cant go start menu > right click computer > properties.
I ran a SFC check, but it said nothing was wrong. I am currently running a chkdsk.

The OS is Windows Vista Home Premium SP1, 64-bit.
Is there any more info you need?
Any help is appreciated.

A:Windows license problem after reinstall

Is the Windows Vista the same CD that came with your computer?

Read other 9 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 52.8

Hi there,

my friend asked me to restore his laptop so after work i went to his home to do it and when i arrived he noticed me that another friend installed from scrath Windows XP and he deleted the restore partition and has a illegal copy of Windows...

As i found this forum i read a thread with guide to create a bootable USB and that thread gives links to download Windows 7 with SP1. I get the OS and the software needed to create a bootable USB.

Now i need to know which license i need to activate Windows. His laptop has a license on the battery bay but it says Windows 7 Starter SNPC OA HP and i don't know if i can use it with the OS that i downloaded from this forum.

A:Which license i need to use to reinstall Windows 7 on a Notebook?

Quote:
His laptop has a license on the battery bay but it says Windows 7 Starter


You need to install Windows 7 Starter.

Read other 5 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 52

I did something to mess up all my office programs. I don't know what happened but everytime I try to open Word or Excel or any office program it gives me some "please wait while windows installs" message and then it says I need a CD to continue. I have no idea where the CD is, I don't even know if I ever had a CD, the programs may have come installed on the computer already, I don't remember. Anyhoo, I downloaded a program called Balarc Advisor to find my registry key or whatever I need to download office again without having to buy it again. So now I have the exact version of office that was on my computer and the software license number thanks to the belarc program. The problem is I don't know how to use this information. I went on the Microsoft website, but they only have an option to download the newest version of office. How do a get the old version?
 

A:reinstall office 2000-no cd but do have license number

If you have a license number, and it's registered to you, then you should be able to contact Microsoft and get replacement CDs.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326246
 

Read other 1 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 52

Hi Friends,

I've this below question on the windows license and couldn't find any convincing answer in the internet.
so posting here.

Due to some issue, If I have to reinstall the Windows 8 on my laptop, will there be any issue with using the same product key or license?

To describe further, here is my current situation.

I had installed Windows 8 on my laptop and registered with the product key/license.
Now it seems like the installation is not proper and I want to reinstall from scratch.

The question I'm pondering is since I've already used the product key/license when I installed for the first time, Will it allow me to use the same product key/license again when i install it the second time (or third time and so on) OR will it stop me saying that this product key/license is already used?

Thanks,
Kiran

A:Question on Windows 8 License/Product Key while reinstall

Hello Kiran, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Since it's on the same computer, you shouldn't have any issues with reinstalling and activating as needed.

Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

Read other 1 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 52

Hi All,

My windows 7 system is failing to boot so I'm looking at having to reformat my drive and reinstall.

As I can't boot up my system, most of the options for finding out my license key I have found on the internet are pretty much redundant, does anyone have any suggestions?

To clarify, I'd like the license/key that allows me to legally reinstall windows once I have wiped my drive, as I don't want to have to pay for a whole new license as I don't feel I should have to!

Is this something that is possible to do? If so can I do it without being able to boot my system? (I can access the command prompt as an option of the windows bootup repair, and can access files by booting Ubuntu from a USB stick)

Thanks

Edit: I can find no trace of the windows sticker which usually lists such information

A:Need help discovering my license to reinstall corrupted windows

There is a sticker somewhere on the PC case with the needed key. If you bought the w7 disk, it's on the packaging.

Read other 8 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 51.2

Hi Tech people,

So here is my dilemma....I have a Toshiba satellite preinstalled with windows 8, after a family member borrowed it the hard drive was DOA, nothing I could do to salvage it. So I bought a new hard drive (from Toshiba) and began to reinstall windows 8. everything went fine until I tried to activate it and my product key failed. I have the original key from the BIOS as well as an additional media & key (windows 8 pro) but neither product keys will work. I think I might have miss matched my media disks, (I have 8 various copies of windows 8). when I input either keys I am given a message stating that the key is not ment for this version please use windows 8 setup or use a windows 8 pro key. well both of these keys are windows 8 pro. I called Microsoft and they verified that both of my keys are legit, but the disk I was provided (by Microsoft) is not. they told me I have a MAK key and my version is GVLK. they told me I would have to pay $100 for a new key. is there anyway I can just get a install disk that uses MAK keys or something? and what the hell is the difference in using a mak key vs GVLK?
 

A:reinstall win8 after crash

Read other 9 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 51.2

Hi everyone,I just reinstall win8.1 on my y50 (old one got virus and i format it and reinstall the OS)so when i try to use OKR , it shows that "Current System can not support backup"does anyone know why?Also what other preinstalled software does laptop come with?Thank you.

Read other answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 51.2

A friend has a Dell laptop bought in Norway running Windows XP Home which defaults to the Norwegian language for menus and system messages.

I know there is no way to configure XP Home to change the OS to display in English, so i'm wondering whether her license key will work if I install an English XP Home edition?

Does the MS license cover this?

Many thanks
 

A:XP Home license key reinstall onto English ver from foreign lang version

Yes, yes, and yes.
Check out the regional settings in the control panel.

I reciently configured mine to display German and Japanese text easily.

Might take a bit of work for the menus and such though...
It may be easier to make a unattended CD, and re-install off that.

http://unattended.msfn.org
 

Read other 2 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 50.8

Hi,
 
I run Windows 8 x64. During the last few days Windows 8 kept on trying/pretending to reinstall itself on start up/turning on my notebook. Colors of the screen changes I am asked to be patient and 2 or 3 mins later an empty--no tiles--start screen is showed and my account's name. No settings available on the right except Sleep/Switch off/Restart. A few turning on and off and then I used to be able to use Win8, but now it I am unable to do so anymore. Actually, today it's trying to do so constantly, so now I'm using Puppy Linux Live CD 5.2.8. to be able to ask for some help.
Recently I changed BIOS settings to be able to boot live CD. Yesterday I set all settings to default.
I guess its a Win8 bug, isn't it?
Well, I have no hot F keys to boot in safe mode, so actually I am unable to boot Win8 at all.
I don't think that I have any kind of malware, but Windows 8 bug/s.
Please help and tell me what to do! (Pls note, that I cannot run any diagnostic program under Win8, since I cannot boot. I can use Linux or bootable CD only.)
 
Thx for your help in advance!

A:Win8 constantly tries to reinstall ITSELF on start up!?

Plz show me a pic of what happens when you boot the computer.

Read other 8 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 50.8

I'm running MS Office 2013 Professional in Windows 8. The old hard drive in my laptop was beginning to fail and I could not clone it directly to the new drive because of the few bad sectors. So I moved over all of my data and documents to the new drive and reinstalled windows, office, and the other apps from scratch. The problem I'm having is with Outlook within Office 2013. Right from the start, I had problems with the new install in terms of migrating my old mail files to the new application install. Multiple issues, from Inbox always hanging up, Outbox hanging up, folders disappearing, etc...I tried to do an Uninstall of Office/Outlook via Control Panel, and a fresh Reinstall via Setup files, but the main mail folders/file that is causing all the problems was automatically ported over to the new reinstall, so all of my problems continue. How do I uninstall Outlook/Office, making sure that I also uninstall the main mail folder/file/configuration, so that it is truly a fresh new install FROM SCRATCH, and NOT saving & porting over any email configuration. Obviously, when you Uninstall the app, it does NOT Uninstall your main email configuration/address/folder...it is saved, and automatically reconfigured upon the Reinstall. Hope I'm making some sense and not babbling incoherently....Jim

A:HOW TO REMOVE/REINSTALL OUTLOOK IN WIN8

Hi JHphc028 Your Outlook configuration files and folders are located in %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft and %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft. There should be a folder called Outlook in both these folders. To be sure that you delete everything related to it, I would uninstall Microsoft Office completely using Revo Uninstaller Portable, set the scan type to Advanced and delete all the Registry keys and files/folders found related to it after. Or I would just go in Program Files (x86), Program Files, ProgramData, etc. and delete the Microsoft Office/Office folders manually.http://www.revouninstaller.com/download-free-portable.php

Read other 1 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 50.4

I had a version of Windows 8 installed on a secondary hard drive for testing purposes. When I no longer needed it, I uninstalled it and formatted the hard drive. What's odd is that the Bootloader for Windows 8 is still there, and throws up an error screen saying it can't find critical system files.

Ive tried restoring the MBR using my Win7 disc, but to no avail.

A:Win8 Bootloader/recovery still in place after reinstall

Sounds like a boot menu entry pointing nowhwere. You should be able to delete it from msconfig>Boot tab

Read other 2 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 50.4

I have a Win8 laptop. Installed a free antivirus from AT&T which bricked my machine. I didn't have a backup copy -- yes, I know I should have -- but I own Win7 and used that. It's not working well. I thought I could just upgrade to Win10. It's not working well either. Anyone have a cheap Win8 I can buy? Or know how to fix the double image Win10 is giving me? I can't read anything on the screen well enough to use system restore. Additionally, it's not accessing the boot menu.  I appreciate your help. 










Solved!
Go to Solution.

A:Catastrophic loss. Didn't have Win8 to reinstall h...

Right before you use the Acer recovery media, you should load BIOS defaults and then save/exit, and use diskpart clean to wipe your HDD. So it would be like this: 1. Load BIOS defaults and save/exit2. Boot your Acer recovery media. Navigate in the menu to "command prompt".  Use "diskpart clean" to wipe your HDD3. Shutdown your computer4. Turn on your computer and use Acer recovery media












View solution in original post

Read other 5 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 50.4

I have a Win8 laptop. Installed a free antivirus from AT&T which bricked my machine. I didn't have a backup copy -- yes, I know I should have -- but I own Win7 and used that. It's not working well. I thought I could just upgrade to Win10. It's not working well either. Anyone have a cheap Win8 I can buy? Or know how to fix the double image Win10 is giving me? I can't read anything on the screen well enough to use system restore. Additionally, it's not accessing the boot menu.  I appreciate your help. 










Solved!
Go to Solution.

A:Catastrophic loss. Didn't have Win8 to reinstall h...

Right before you use the Acer recovery media, you should load BIOS defaults and then save/exit, and use diskpart clean to wipe your HDD. So it would be like this: 1. Load BIOS defaults and save/exit2. Boot your Acer recovery media. Navigate in the menu to "command prompt".  Use "diskpart clean" to wipe your HDD3. Shutdown your computer4. Turn on your computer and use Acer recovery media












View solution in original post

Read other 5 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 50.4

Hi,
I bought a computer (Z930, 128 SSD, 6GB RAM) with Windows 8 preinstalled, and I want to remove windows 8 and install windows 7 for which I have the license.
my question is:
1 - is it possible to format completely the hard drive to install a "clean" windows 7
2 - after doing this, will it be possible to reinstall Windows 8 from USB recovery media that I've created.
2 - Is the installation of Windows 7 pose a problem? (about the new UEFI; reconnaissence of hardware ...)

thanks

Message was edited by: bassam
to clarify my question about the reinstallation of Windows 8: if I delete all partitions of my hard disk, will it still possible to use the USB recovery media support that I created? is there any partition necessary to the USB recovery media support

A:Satellite Z930 - Is it possible to reinstall Win8 after its deletion?

Hi

Last week I tested it on my Satellite U940 and my answers are as follow:
> is it possible to format completely the hard drive to install a "clean" windows 7
Yes.
> after doing this, will it be possible to reinstall Windows 8 from USB recovery media that I've created.
Yes.
> Is the installation of Windows 7 pose a problem? (about the new UEFI; reconnaissence of hardware ...)
Generally speaking no, it is not a problem. Only problem can be installation of some drivers, tools and utilities but I believe you will be able to install it.

Check also http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/TSB2C03F80002R01.htm

> to clarify my question about the reinstallation of Windows 8: if I delete all partitions of my hard disk, will it still possible to use the USB recovery media support that I created?
I have tested it and there was no problem at all.

Before you start to do anything test recovery USB functionality.

Read other 3 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 50.4

I have a Win8 laptop. Installed a free antivirus from AT&T which bricked my machine. I didn't have a backup copy -- yes, I know I should have -- but I own Win7 and used that. It's not working well. I thought I could just upgrade to Win10. It's not working well either. Anyone have a cheap Win8 I can buy? Or know how to fix the double image Win10 is giving me? I can't read anything on the screen well enough to use system restore. Additionally, it's not accessing the boot menu.  I appreciate your help. 











Solved!
Go to Solution.

A:Catastrophic loss. Didn't have Win8 to reinstall h...

Right before you use the Acer recovery media, you should load BIOS defaults and then save/exit, and use diskpart clean to wipe your HDD. So it would be like this: 1. Load BIOS defaults and save/exit2. Boot your Acer recovery media. Navigate in the menu to "command prompt".  Use "diskpart clean" to wipe your HDD3. Shutdown your computer4. Turn on your computer and use Acer recovery media













View solution in original post

Read other 5 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 50.4

Hi, i have and 6 month old asus with preinstalled win8, for about 2 weeks ago it started to crash, and i received several error messages, now it is looping trying to repair it self.

I can get into the menu and use sytem restore, i can also use the selfrepair and make Windows start all over, but none of this is helping, everytime i starts up it starts repairing and crashing again.

So my idea is to format my harddrive it is in 3 sections C: D: and X:
My current Win 8x86 is in danish language i have bought and upgrade to win8 pro also. but i dont have any of these DVD with me,
I have however two guys here one with win8x64 in eng and one win8x86 in danish, i have tried to use their dvd and reinstalling or repairing win8 that way, but my laptop will not accept it

I am and sailor and out at sea at the moment, our internet is nearly non existing so not easy finding solutions online. and getting little desperate thinking about 4 weeks without my laptop working, so i hope someone can give some good advice
 

A:reinstall win8 on asus K56CM-XX284H

are you getting any error messages

d/load and run the h/drive makers dos diagnostic utility on the h/drive

http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287
 

Read other 2 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 48.8

Well, I was asked to fix a several month old win 8 laptop.

I was told it had been interrupted during an update and said no OS found, after getting permission I tried to refresh and when that froze (4% for an hour) reset. Then I loaded a copy of win 8 onto a usb to try a clean install, still nothing. I use a program to wipe it, then try a fresh install again. useless. I try installing win 7, same issue.

No matter what I do I keep getting varients of this \windows\system32\config\system 0xc00000e9 and a message mentioning registry problems.

Any ideas?
Failing that is there any way to more or less erase the registry and start from scratch?

A:Win8 FUBAR-update ruined-registry issue-reinstall useless

If you do a clean install you registry is replaced (along with everything else)

0xc00000e9 tends to indicate a hard drive failure though which may not be good news.

Read other 2 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 48

Hello,

I have done the WIN 8 upgrade on a Toshiba L870-156 laptop. The upgrade is OK, but I have no more Toshiba recovery media creator, as the upgrade procedure said that it had to be desinstalled before the upgrade and reinstalled after the upgrade.

I have one big issue : where can I find Toshiba recovery media creator to reinstall it ?

By advance thank you.

A:Upgrade WIN8 on Satellite L870 - Toshiba recovery media creator reinstall

You need to install the Windows 8 version of the Recovery Disc creator. I think it's generic so grab it from the drivers page of one of the new Win8 model notebooks.

Read other 4 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 46.4

I have Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007 on three computers. It is a three license version.
I'd like to wipe one of the computers (a Dell 4550) that Office 2007 is installed on by cleaning off the hard drive and reinstalling Windows and all the other programs that I have on it.
Does anyone know if I can reinstall Office 2007 on this computer or will it appear to Office 2007 that I'm trying to install it on a fourth computer?
 

A:Solved:Reinstall Office 2007 "4th" time on 3 license copy

Read other 8 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 46

It started out as a small problem with malware then after running an malware program i could not log in into windows, id log in and then get instantly logged out, so I googled the problem and all solutions to the problem was to repair reinstall windows with the cd, which work but then i got another dang error which was error code: 0X80004005. Which means basically there is problem preventing Windows from accurately checking the license for this computer. So i googled that and got the solution to that (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306081 [method 2]). I proceeded with the instructions till i got to the point where it instructs me to "Press 1 to access your primary drive installation with Recovery Console." which i attempt with no luck

Any help or suggestions WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!!!

A:WINDOWS CANNOT CHECK THE LICENSE AFTER WINDOWS REPAIR REINSTALL

That error message, and most other errror messages, can have many possible causes and interpretations.FWIW: http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/g...6-d3dedb727db1/Do you have XP installed, as I see that Vista frequently can generate an error with these numbers?KB referenced by you: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306081<<...instructs me to "Press 1 to access your primary drive installation with Recovery Console." which i attempt with no luck>>Can you provide more detail as to exactly what happens after you entered the Recovery Console? Did you make the selection? If not, what happened to prevent such? Did you get to the password prompt line?Louis

Read other 2 answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 44.4

I'm getting now this error now after 1 year
We been using VDI-Windows 7 for more  than a year , suddenly we got this message

Can please advise what wrong in VDI image ?
Observation :
> office and Windows OS is NOT immediately activate through KMS

> delay of 1 to 2 minutes before successfully activated the windows / MS office  

Error :
License Status: Additional grace period (KMS license expired or hardware out of tolerance)
---------------------------
Windows Script Host
---------------------------
Software licensing service version: 6.1.7601.17514

Name: Windows(R) 7, Enterprise edition
Description: Windows Operating System - Windows(R) 7, VOLUME_KMSCLIENT channel
Activation ID: ae2ee509-1b34-41c0-acb7-6d4650168915
Application ID: 55c92734-d682-4d71-983e-d6ec3f16059f
Extended PID: 00392-00170-918-500000-03-1033-7601.0000-0602015
Installation ID: 008975677433059582065751136626964085574702997444417101
Partial Product Key: HVTHH
License Status: Additional grace period (KMS license expired or hardware out of tolerance)
Time remaining: 43200 minute(s) (30 day(s))
Remaining Windows rearm count: 3
Trusted time: 18/1/2016 3:45:43 PM
Please use slmgr.vbs /ato to activate and update KMS client information in order to update values.


Robert

Read other answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 44.4

Hi,
Our company buy almost 6 months ago the Microsoft Action Pack that includes Visual Studio 2013 with online login to Access the program.  A few days ago I started having this error message and I cannot access the application anymore. 
Any advice on how to fix this?  I already contacted the MSDN support and they ask me to create a topic in this forum for help.  Or they will have to ask me for small fee($$$) to resolve their problem.

Read other answers
RELEVANCY SCORE 44.4

Windows 7 pro is OEM with License key built-in on board by Supplier. And this license probably oem shared one , and can not be dug  out from the computer. Recover CD installed with package is windows 8 pro without license nor.


Can I use a purchased windows 10 pro license install in this computer ?  Won't be duplicated license ?  If valid , how to removed the windows 7 pro on board license please ?

Read other answers