Installing Windows 8 on an accidentally formatted HP laptop

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by Falador, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. Falador

    Falador MDL Novice

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    Hi all,

    I accidentally did a very stupid thing: while trying to install Windows 7 instead of Windows 8, I formatted the entire hard drive that came with the laptop, so the recovery partition is dead.

    Is there any way I can re-install Windows 8 with an ISO, and still be legitimately activated? Or am I totally screwed?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. urie

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  3. Falador

    Falador MDL Novice

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    Thanks, urie!

    I did have a look, and it's bad news for me: My laptop came with Windows 8 Core, so no ISO and no recovery partition. HP said this isn't included in the warranty and I have to pay some 3rd party to reinstall it.

    Today's a bad day..
     
  4. PaulDesmond

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  5. Falador

    Falador MDL Novice

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    I'm sorry, but I'm a little confused, so this question will probably sound dumb: If I install the Windows 8 Core x64 ISO, which is exactly the system that my laptop came with, will it be activated? It's just that I've nothing - no product key, no recovery partition, nothing but a Windows 8 sticker on the back of the laptop and an empty hard drive. I checked the link urie posted, but all I managed to gather was that I'm probably out of luck..
     
  6. Falador

    Falador MDL Novice

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    Then I am definitely going to give this a try. I'll update as soon as I have anything.

    Many Many Thanks!
     
  7. uffbros

    uffbros MDL Senior Member

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    Paul has the best answer and it will definitely work cause I just done it with same downloads.
     
  8. Falador

    Falador MDL Novice

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    Good news! After numerous attempts at installation, I finally managed to reinstall Windows 8, and it got activated no problem :)

    Thanks guys!