I have a friend's new Windows 8 laptop that has a winload.efi error at startup that Windows can't fix on it's own. He doesn't have any recovery discs. I downloaded, using the links in the stickys, a copy of Windows 8 64bit and booted from that. When I try to Refresh you PC, it says the drive is locked and can't continue. When I try Reset you PC, it says a required drive partition is missing and can't continue. When I try System Restore, it says I must specify which Windows installation to restore, which I can't do. There are no Sytem Images to recover. Automatic Repair doesn't fix it. I've tried from the command prompt the following: bootrec /rebuildbcd bootrec /fixboot bootrec /fixmbr Neither one fixed the problem. At this point, since it's a new computer and warranty isn't an option (out of the country) I would like to reinstall Windows. Can I use the disc I downloaded to install using the OEM key for the laptop? I've never done this with Win8. Is it a simple procedure like WinXP and Win7?