Asus laptop dead hard drive

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by bigbadjohn, Apr 5, 2014.

  1. bigbadjohn

    bigbadjohn MDL Novice

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    Windows 8 Asus laptop dead hard drive

    I understand all I need to do is install and it will pickup serial from bios
    and be activated

    I found a windows 8 pro dvd but it did not activate maybe because laptop came with basic
    I want to activate it without an activator as its not my laptop, and it did come with windows 8 genuine on it
    I notice all the links here are dead and all the torrent are for other than basic windows 8

    Thanks
     
  2. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    #2 pisthai, Apr 5, 2014
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    AFAIK you'll need to know first what original Windows 8 it were: Core, Single Language or Country specific. Or you like to install the Pro version, you'll need to ad an ei.cfg file to the install media which contains:
    Code:
    [EditionID]
    [Channel]
    Retail
    [VL]
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  3. ian82

    ian82 MDL Expert

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  4. Mr.X

    Mr.X MDL Guru

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    Next, you can make use of this nice nice project and it will preserve your OEM activation along with the use of Windows 8.1 rather than 8. This project will do the OEM branding thing too. :D
     
  5. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Hmm, 90 % CoreSingleLanguage ... :g:. Matter of the region you live in. In EU they are shipped with normal Core. Afaik CSL is for so called "emerging markets" and should prevent them being reselled in other countries with discount.
     
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  6. ian82

    ian82 MDL Expert

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    as much as I hate ASUS, they are affordable, but they provide cheap crap that's how the cost is down.

    Example: all laptops I have personally seen are on Windows 8 Single Language, come with some crappy Atheros WiFi that cannot even exceed 72 MBPS WiFi connection and doesn't support 5 GHz. network when even cheap Acer laptops put a WiFi card that supports 5 GHz. networks.

    I bought the laptop you see in my sig for $2500 USD and I get crappy WiFi which is why I had to order a Bigfoot Wirless N Killer 1202 card

    I don't know how they're sold in other countries like Europe or US, but this is how it is in the Middle East and Asia
     
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