Activate windows 8 OEM?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by xVermicide, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. xVermicide

    xVermicide MDL Novice

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    ok, so i don't know much about the new OA3.0 or OEM activation in general.
    but here's my situation:

    i received a windows 8 gateway pc yesterday in the mail.
    later last night, i tried to partition the hard drive using easeus partition magic, and but while the laptop was performing the partition, the computer restarted itself out of nowhere and windows said 'your system needs to be recovered.'
    it said to insert my recovery media (which i didn't have) or my windows 8 disc (which i didn't have) or to contact support.
    since i didn't have the recovery media, i downloaded a win8 iso and set up my usb drive to install it.
    my hard drive needed to be formatted because the partition went wrong, and so i installed a clean windows 8 (not pro, my pc came with core windows 8) onto my laptop. now i have no idea how to get it activated again.

    please help me
     
  2. Josh Cell

    Josh Cell MDL Developer

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    You just need to install your OEM Key and activate online.

    Please see if it have the COA Stick with your Product Key.
     
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  3. xVermicide

    xVermicide MDL Novice

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    sorry COA stick? what exactly is that?

    the problem is, i don't have any OEM key. i looked all through the documentation the box and there is no OEM windows key. it would look like XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX or something, right?
     
  4. Dolorous Edd

    Dolorous Edd MDL Expert

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    It would be on a sticker on your computer. If you own a laptop it may be under the battery compartment.
     
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  5. xVermicide

    xVermicide MDL Novice

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    let me restart my computer and check under the battery
     
  6. Josh Cell

    Josh Cell MDL Developer

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  7. xVermicide

    xVermicide MDL Novice

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    there is no COA sticker on my laptop at all, there is a windows 8 sticker on the bottom next to a sticker with the model/serial number. but there is no COA sticker on my laptop and there is no OEM key in the box
     
  8. Josh Cell

    Josh Cell MDL Developer

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  9. oscill8r

    oscill8r MDL Junior Member

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    "each new PC will come with a "Genuine Microsoft" sticker affixed, rather than the earlier Windows Certificate of Authenticity."

    I think OEM kit with Windows 8 no longer has COA anymore.
     
  10. Toink

    Toink MDL Member

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    Try checking in the battery compartment - (remove your battery, of course). Otherwise, you may need to call Gateway/Acer support...
     
  11. ambidav

    ambidav MDL Guru

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    Have you tried pressing any of the f buttons on reboot? to enter factory recovery? there could be a hidden recovery partition, i think on most pc's it's the f11 button.
     
  12. xVermicide

    xVermicide MDL Novice

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    i've checked all over the laptop, there is no sticker. not even under the battery.
    there is no recovery partition, i deleted all partitions and started fresh
     
  13. ambidav

    ambidav MDL Guru

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    Just out of curiosity do you know the model your laptop? so i can google and have a look? there must be coa sticker on there somewhere...
     
  14. Dolorous Edd

    Dolorous Edd MDL Expert

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    $14.99, cheapest and easiest way to fix this.
     
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  15. oscill8r

    oscill8r MDL Junior Member

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    You could install Windows 8 Pro ... KMS activate ... apply for WMC key ... wait for key (18hrs for mines to show up today) ... done! :D
     
  16. Dolorous Edd

    Dolorous Edd MDL Expert

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    And the first time you crash you won't be able to reinstall. Upgrade license is forever or until Windows 9 hits the street.
     
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  17. zbteck

    zbteck MDL Member

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    best fix -> Pro KMS + WMC Key = $0.00
     
  18. 100

    100 MDL Expert

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    According to the OA 3.0 information your preinstalled OS would have had a generic key installed, which allows it to activate with the information that is stored in the computer's firmware (which is there even after partitioning the hard drive). It's possible that you could use the generic key to get it to activate, but these might not yet be available.
     
  19. 5856898

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    Per OA3.0, Your DPK(Digital Product Key) already injected into your computer's firmware, simply reinstall your new OS and activate...