Windows 8 Won't Activate with OEM

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by natalic, Dec 25, 2013.

  1. natalic

    natalic MDL Novice

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    Ok, I've finally become desperate at for help. I have an Asus X55C that the hard drive recently died on (that's why I don't have the OEM key) and of course Asus doesn't put it on the systems body.

    I have tried reading with RW Everything, the MSDM area doesn't exist. I have tried many many times to get this working and am at a loss...

    I have the MSDN install, I am installing using UEFI...Am just now totally lost. Is there some specific license key I should use or am I just SOL? Thanks
     
  2. WinDev

    WinDev MDL Expert

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    Which SKU do you installed ?

    Are you used Microsoft Toolkit ?

    Are you used Windows 8.0 or Windows 8.1 ?
     
  3. natalic

    natalic MDL Novice

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    Microsoft Toolkit is for KMS. I am using core since I imagine this crap didn't come with pro. 8.0 for now, will update to 8.1
     
  4. Aninvitedsoul

    Aninvitedsoul MDL Senior Member

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    Good luck with 8.1 but plz give use feedback,which is better 8.1 or 8.? But try 8 pro first you'll find it very good as I think it is. enjoy.
     
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  5. natalic

    natalic MDL Novice

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    I can't update to 8.1 until I get 8.0 activating. This laptop CAME with 8, so I need to find why I can't activate it now. I've tried to use the drive but it's totally cooked...Another thing to note is this laptop does NOT have secure boot at all.
     
  6. OldMX

    OldMX MDL Senior Member

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    Get the windows 8 keyviewer and check it on th online pid checker to find the first version installed.
     
  7. 皆さんこんにちはマギです

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    my notebook came with 8.0 ..
    i backed up the tokens, and dumped the OEM key.

    reformatted w/8.1, copied over the tokens, and activated w/OEM key.

    you can try to do it w/just the OEM key.
    you can try to extract the key with this tool.

    other than that.. you're out of luck..
    unless you want to use KMS ..
    or you can somehow boot that hard drive to extract the tokens..

    good luck
     
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  8. juststoppingby

    juststoppingby MDL Novice

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    Sorry for a stupid question, but what are tokens?
     
  9. natalic

    natalic MDL Novice

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    Their is no MSDM key, so nothing to read...Tried all of this.

    Not my laptop, it's my fiance's cousin's laptop and the drive was dead when I got it.
     
  10. natalic

    natalic MDL Novice

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    Decided will just use Windows Loader on it since I have no other choice, the OEM must not have copied the MSDM table.
     
  11. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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    Loader does not work on 8 and beyond. Only runs on 7 and server versions.
     
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  12. natalic

    natalic MDL Novice

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    Yep. I am just going to use Win 7, to hell with asus.
     
  13. MSMG

    MSMG MDL Developer

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    But the Asus X55C ships with a Windows 7 OS right, when you got the laptop, if the os installed was windows 8 and then I think the windows 8 os installed would be a retail version or a oem key version which was purchased separately. then the laptop would not contain a MSDM Key.