Windows 8 OEM recovery

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by saggyN73, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. saggyN73

    saggyN73 MDL Novice

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    Hi Guys,
    I recently purchased HP Sleekbook 1104tu which came with per-installed with Windows 8 as operating system. I didn't like the way my HDD was partitioned by HP guys, it had only single partition and recovery partition. All I wanted to do is split C partition into more partition without having re-install everything. I tried shrinking partitions using Windows Disk Management feature, but couldn't get desired effect. So I downloaded EasyUS partition manager software and tried splitting partition again. But one big mistake I made is that I forgot to restart the computer after shrinking partitions with Disk Management before splitting it with EasyUS. Splitting with EasyUS was unsuccessful and all that messed up the whole process. Now I lost my operating system and whole C partition. Then I tried recovery mode, but it couldn't be successful either. Since whole partition data got corrupted, recovery failed. Just to try one more thing, I tried installing Windows 8 using MSDN ISO DVD but it did not work either. It kept reading product key embedded in UEFI and did not allow me proceed saying invalid key. I even called up HP guys, they sent me recovery media DVD today. Now I am trying it with as well, but it is giving me error "This computer is not supported by System Recovery Media. You will not be able to continue to recover this system with these media. Error: 0130-ACJ-UUF". Now you guys are my last hope before I hand over my laptop to HP customer service center. All I want to do is re-install Windows 8 now. Any help will be appreciated. Thank you..
    Sagar
     
  2. ashmicro

    ashmicro MDL Junior Member

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    1. Download a Windows 8 ISO from wherever you like, and burn a disc. 2. Install it using the key printed on your computer's COA. Also during the installation, partition your hard disk the way you want it. The computer will probably run better anyway, as OEMs always put loads of unnecessary crap on. (I'm an I.T. Professional, and people pay me to de-clutter brand new systems.)
     
  3. saggyN73

    saggyN73 MDL Novice

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    I am not sure whether the C partition is lost. There is no way for me to check current partition structure, since I am not able to install any version of Windows on it. Tried XP, Windows 7 as well. HP guys will take many days to repair my laptop.
     
  4. saggyN73

    saggyN73 MDL Novice

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    It does not let me install any version of Windows since it does not even ask me for any key. It reads embedded key and says invalid product.
     
  5. cleggy

    cleggy MDL Novice

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    why not use ubunto to get into pc then you can get into recovery partition and just reload it all as the day you got it.thats what i do in these cases
     
  6. saggyN73

    saggyN73 MDL Novice

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    How can I start recovery process through Ubuntu? Please explain..Thank you
     
  7. ashmicro

    ashmicro MDL Junior Member

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    Turn off the EFI driver in Setup/BIOS?
     
  8. urie

    urie Moderator
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    How can you run a windows or dos recovery program from within Linux. o_O
     
  9. saggyN73

    saggyN73 MDL Novice

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    :p ..ya that's what I am wondering about!!
     
  10. urie

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    @ saggyN73, I would just wait and let HP guys repair it and when you get it back first thing you do is make recovery disks. Then you can mess about with partitions. New machine or not I always make a backup before working on anyone's machine.
     
  11. crappy44

    crappy44 MDL Novice

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    Try TestDisk and recover the gpt/mbr and disk layout. You can run it from a usb boot stick for example.
     
  12. saggyN73

    saggyN73 MDL Novice

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    I would do that too if I were that patient..Techie inside me not letting me slip and keeps pushing to troubleshoot before I give it up and hand it over to HP guys...:rolleyes:
     
  13. saggyN73

    saggyN73 MDL Novice

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    Thanks. I guess, I will give it a try!!
     
  14. bigbadjohn

    bigbadjohn MDL Novice

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    Boot up with Linux see what you have, if you still have recovery partition make it active.
    then it will be first boot
     
  15. saggyN73

    saggyN73 MDL Novice

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    Hi Guys,
    After long hours of troubleshooting, I was able to delete all partitions from drive using Gparted Live CD burnt to USB pen drive. Now I am able to install Windows 7 on it. Now my next challenge is to install Windows 8 on it as secondary OS. But the problem Windows 8 does not ask for any product key and reads embedded key in BIOS which results in failure of installation with message "Product Key on the device does not match". Is there any way of forcing Windows 8 installation to ask this key explicitly. So that I can enter generic serial key, install Windows and later activate it using my OEM license key embedded in BIOS? Like editing some configuration file, etc.
    Thanks for your help!!
     
  16. EFA11

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    open notepad and type

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    then save as ei.cfg and put it at root of the dvd/usb drive. Then you can enter a key for pro or core.

    Hope this is what you were asking.
     
  17. AnarethoS

    AnarethoS MDL Expert

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    Your OEM key in the BIOS is probably for Windows 8 Core - Single language, which is not yet leaked/available for us. The Windows 8 Core available on the MSN ISO support multiple language and can not be used with the key in your bios.

    Solution :

    1) Use original repair media/Send computer to repair
    2) Use Windows 8 Pro activated via KMS and then retail-activate with the free MediaCenter key
    3) Buy Windows 8 Pro Upgrade and do a full install
     
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  19. saggyN73

    saggyN73 MDL Novice

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    Ok. I was about try installing Windows 8 Pro VL using generic key and after installation I was about insert OEM key and try to activate it online. So according to your post, it won't work!!. The 3rd option you have suggested i.e. buying Windows 8 Pro upgrade and do a full install should work?? I was going to buy it anyway. But I want to be sure before I spend (or waste) more $14.99 on it. Will I be able to perform clean install using it? and will it allow me to install it at the first place, since I have already original installed OS and recovery partition?