Toshiba Win8 Laptop - HD Failed - No Recovery Disks - Options?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by kgorczyn, Sep 28, 2013.

  1. kgorczyn

    kgorczyn MDL Novice

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    As you know, no COA sticker.

    I downloaded MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.8.1.RTM.X64.ENGLISH.DVD but it wants a product key when I boot from it.

    I thought it was supposed to take the product key that is embedded in the BIOS? UEFI is on on BIOS. Am I using the wrong version of Windows 8 DVD?

    Toshiba C855-S5350
    I believe it came with Win 8 (regular) x64

    I have Googled for hours, this shouldn't be this damn hard. I just want to reinstall the OS.
     
  2. AlexAlba

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  3. kgorczyn

    kgorczyn MDL Novice

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    Thanks for the suggestion. I tried what you recommended, I still get prompted to enter a Product Key with the new [Single Language] Image.

    Any other ideas? I can't believe these manufacturers and Microsoft have made this so difficult. And normally I'm pretty good with this stuff....
     
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  6. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    Fine if you believe, no doubt with that! But: has your Laptop and Windows 8 Sticker with Logo on downside? Only if that sticker exist you really could believe that it came with an legal Windows 8 OEM!

    For the update to 8.1 you'll have to wait till October 18. 2013 for to get it legally updated. If you do it now with an Installation P Key it may could not get activated. I wouldn't take that risk because it's possible the the only way around that would be to either buy an Regular Windows 8 Package or also wait till October 18. to get it done.

    For now, I would suggest that you first hand create the set of Recovery DVD's from an maybe existing Recovery Partition of your Laptop. Check the Manufacturers info How To.....!
     
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  7. kgorczyn

    kgorczyn MDL Novice

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    Well I installed Windows 8.1 using one of the keys provided on this forum, but of course it will not activate.

    I downloaded the "Leaked Dell OEM Win 8 x64" but I still get the "The Product Key Entered Does Not Match Any Of The Windows Images Available For Installation." - It never prompts me for the key just gives that messages.

    The old HD won't spin up, no way I can get the factory image off of it.

    Any other ideas? Toshiba Support will be worthless. They will want me to dish out $40 for their recovery discs. #1 I don't want to pay and #2 I don't all the BS Software/Toshiba Crap that comes with the factory image.

    Is there a tool to extract the Win8 Key from BIOS? Any other Win8 Versions to try?
     
  8. CEW

    CEW MDL Member

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    Yes, rweverything. #1

    Have you tried using the default key to get it to install, then enter your oem key you got from rweverything. That may do it.
     
  9. kgorczyn

    kgorczyn MDL Novice

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    :worthy: If you lived near me, I'd take you out for drinks. :worthy:

    THANK YOU - WORKED FLAWLESSLY once I got the product key from RWEverything!

    To to summarize, I installed the Windows 8.1 Core/Pro x64 from MSDN and installed using the default key.

    Once up and running (but not activated) I downloaded and installed RWEverything, got the code from the MSDM Tab. And it activated perfectly!

    Thank you again! Nice and easy as I had hoped it would be (once figured out).
     
  10. raheem786

    raheem786 MDL Novice

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    Need Window 8 RT single language OS for Toshiba laptop

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    Great..same problem with my lappy...i got the key some how with lot struggle,
    now I just lack of windows os with MSDN key, i dont have MSDN access to download the OS.
    Can any body share the windows 8 OS for one day so that i can download then you can remove it?
     
  11. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    @raheem786

    Why don't you read the sticky first??
     
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