Windows 8.1 Activation on HP 20 - Going Crazy!

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by MDDave, May 6, 2015.

  1. MDDave

    MDDave MDL Novice

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    G'day You Lot,

    I'm losing it. I'm trying to install 8.1 (legitimately, for now) on a HP 20-2200a (ENERGY STAR) Product Number: J1F89AA. HP Told me it should have 8.1 S/L, but nothing better in the details. I've been using the downloads MS provides through their media download tool. I reckon I've tried them each a few times, and with the time it takes to install Win 8.1, even with a USB, it's blood frustrating.

    Anyone have any experience they can share in this, or maybe a complete, proven guide for how this should all be done? I'd love to be an expert in Windows activation, but with all the other crap I have to know, it's just not practical.

    Advancing my thanks for any help you all can provide!

    Cheers
    Dave
     
  2. coleoptere2007

    coleoptere2007 MDL Guru

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    Already answered http://forums.mydigitallife.net/thr...OEM-Sources-Information?p=1025886#post1025886 :)
     
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  3. MDDave

    MDDave MDL Novice

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    Gotcha... I've been looking it over, and thanks. As I stated in that other post. This machine suffered a catastrophic HDD failure and nothing was retrievable from it. My issue here, is getting the right ISO for install. I think their is something about that in the guide, but I'm not certain what ESD is, and if the intent is that it's run from the target machine. I'm looking into that now.

    Cheers
    Dave
     
  4. MDDave

    MDDave MDL Novice

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    Warranty on the HP, yes, but the're not helping. They turfed me off to MS, but they sent me back to HP. HP wants me to buy a restore set. I told them that was unacceptable and to try again. They failed.
     
  5. ZaForD

    ZaForD MDL Expert

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    Hi Dave,

    I had similar issues with two HP Stream devices (7 Tablet and 14 Notebook) we got at Xmas. Although they got stuck in bootloop's after doing a full (factory) reset, not a HDD failure.

    Like with you, HP sent me to MS, how sent me back to HP, who's answer was to pay out for restore images. For devices less than a month old. :mad:

    My solutions were:
    1) Checkout the HP website for other country's - I'm in the UK and the Stream 7 restore image is £40, but in the US it is/was free.
    I've a cousin in the US, so I gave him the device details and after a little BS over the phone he got the restore image and posted it on Mega for me.

    2) Check out Murphy78's DVD's - the Stream 14 had either S/L or Bing installed. I used one of Murphy's disks and it installed and activated fine.
    I'm not sure which disk is was now, but it was either from this thread:
    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/thr...ected-CCSL-and-ProfessionalStudent-OEM-images
    or from on of his Xin1 disks on TPB.

    I won't post the link here as I don't think its allowed, but I'm sure can find it.

    Good Luck ;)
     
  6. MDDave

    MDDave MDL Novice

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    Thanks, ZaForD! I'll have a look at the other post and see if a keyword or two can get me what I need. Could you possibly PM and useful links to me? I an't wait to put this one to bed! Cheers :) Dave
     
  7. LatinMcG

    LatinMcG Bios Borker

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    #7 LatinMcG, May 6, 2015
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    my 2 cents.. i installed win 8 on an HP with the media download tool and it auto activated due to BIOS slic 2.2+ (key built in to bios)
    so likely you need to check bios version and flash latest. and see if its missing info like UUID and so.

    Edit: i think i had transferred many files from original.. so it might have had to do with it
     
  8. MDDave

    MDDave MDL Novice

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    That's a good call. I'll flash it up and see how it goes. Thanks, LMcG!
     
  9. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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    Neither SLIC nor 2.2. :p OA 3.0
     
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