W8 product keys does not match any image

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by optimistique1, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. optimistique1

    optimistique1 MDL Novice

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    Hi I have a Samsung Ultrabook Series 5 with Windows 8 and I just wiped the HDD to install Windows 7 about a week ago. I now want to go back to windows 8 and I have not backed up my computer or made any recovery media.

    I downloaded a Windows 8 ISO and burned to disk and tried to install and get an error saying the product keys does not match any image in the media or something....

    How can I get back to having a fully activated W8 on my computer again?

    Many thanks

    Garry
     
  2. redroad

    redroad MDL Guru

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    Have a look here
     
  3. optimistique1

    optimistique1 MDL Novice

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    Hi that's great. Must of the instructions are a little bit 'over my head' I'm afraid. How do I know if my Windows 8 was CoreSingleLanguage or CoreCountrySpecific and what is SKU? Sorry for the questions but I am a bit of a Windows novice :)
     
  4. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Check your key with janek2012s PID Checker: http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/20816-The-Ultimate-PID-Checker

    It will show the exact SKU :D.
     
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  6. optimistique1

    optimistique1 MDL Novice

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    Perfect will give it a go now. Many thanks for your help :)
     
  7. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    Recommend a key check prior to any download, so you´ll know for sure, what you need...:D.
     
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  8. ian82

    ian82 MDL Expert

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    yes, this can't be installed via VMware this is the OEM Windows 8 that manufacturers load on the laptops
     
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    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    My bad...little blind spot, i guess :eek:.
     
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  11. redroad

    redroad MDL Guru

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    No worries .. It was good to point out that that is the first step :Dneeded
     
  12. MrMagic

    MrMagic MDL Guru

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    Thanks, so if someone asks me to reinstall 8 on their laptop that originally came with 8 pre-installed, this would be the disk to use
     
  13. ian82

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    yup, used it on numerous laptops

    it won't even ask for a key provided the laptop came with Windows 8 Single Language which is what 90% of laptops ship with

    If you try to install the normal retail Windows 8 it will tell u key mismatch but this works
     
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    MrMagic MDL Guru

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    Good stuff, cheers, nice disk to add to the collection then :)
     
  15. EFA11

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    All my laptops are the other 10% that need the non-CSL lol
     
  16. ambidav

    ambidav MDL Guru

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    I wouldn't say 90% of laptops ship with core single language!! i'd say it's quite the opposite 90% for windows 8 core more like!! not to forget the single language edition = emerging markets!! quite a minority :)
     
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    Will this Dell ISO work for me...? Here's my problem. I have an HP ENVY DV7 and it ran into some issues a few weeks after I got it and the online tech guy had me do a system recovery which is on the recovery partition. The re installed Windows 8. Now a few months later I installed a Prolific USB driver, and something went wrong it didnt open up a comm 4 comport so I removed the driver , it then said I need to restart, which I did but then it would not go into Windows it kept saying " Attepting to Repair Files" which it could not do but eventually it went into Windows 8 but was giving me an error, so I decided to do a System Recovery as described on the HP Help file. I followed the steps accurately and it looked like it was doing a re install, however at the very end I get an error saying it could not complete the System Recovery. I then opened a Command prompt, and I looked at the D partition, and the Recovery folder is GONE. The C drive still shows all the folders Windows, Program files etc.... but I have no clue on how to get back into windows. I've tried all the on screen recovery options and it just goes in circles and will not complete. Not even a system restore or anything. So I'm just wondering if I download this DELL ISO and burn it if I can just install Win 8 using that ISO. I see it says it will read my BIOS and get the key from it, so this will work and it will activate it also? I'm somewhat of a novice with Windows 8 I have always worked with earlier versions of Windows, and this Windows 8 is a real bear to understand. My Laptop is an HP ENVY DV7T 7212nr and came with Windows 8 64 bit.. Not Pro just regular version it looks like. No DVD or anything else came with it. Thanks for any help...
     
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    walmart sells the HP ENVY DV7T 7212nr and it is regular, not CSL if that helps. I would assume it depends where you purchased it (country etc etc).