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Upgrading HP hard drive that crashed, have no OS restore disc


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#1 that1redhead

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 03:09 PM

Hi

 

I have a cheap HP2000 - Model #2000-2b09WM that the (320gb)hard drive went out of.  I am searching for the best deal on a 500GB, 5400, SATA 2.5" hard drive to replace it.  My issue is that the computer completely crashed and I hadn't made any restore disc's at all.  Is there a way to install the original OS, Windows 8, without having to pay for a disc?  I don't want to put out the $$ if it's going to be less expensive to buy another cheap laptop. 

 

Thanks in advance.  :)



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 01 March 2015 - 03:15 PM

If the laptop came with Windows 8 then the key is embedded in firmware. Go here and download the Windows 8.1 media. Make sure  you download the same version you have. The media needs to be downloaded from a Windows 7 or 8 computer.



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Posted 01 March 2015 - 08:22 PM

Thanks JohnC_21  The laptop I will use came preinstalled with Windows 8.1 but the HP came with Windows 8 and was upgraded to 8.1.  So will I download Windows 8 or Windows 8.1?  Thanks again.  :)



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Posted 01 March 2015 - 08:30 PM

The link I provided I believe is only for Windows 8.1. If you updated to 8.1 and everything is fine it should work for you. You may have to download some additional drivers after the install but those should be easy to get.



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Posted 02 March 2015 - 02:38 PM

Added note the COA sticker on the bottom of the LT will have the product key.


Edited by OldPhil, 02 March 2015 - 02:38 PM.

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#6 JohnC_21

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Posted 02 March 2015 - 03:00 PM

I believe OEM computers with Windows 8 do not have a COA sticker on the laptop as the key is now embedded in firmware.

 

http://www.cnet.com/news/windows-8-moves-to-bios-based-product-keys/



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Posted 05 March 2015 - 06:48 AM

I believe OEM computers with Windows 8 do not have a COA sticker on the laptop as the key is now embedded in firmware.

 

http://www.cnet.com/news/windows-8-moves-to-bios-based-product-keys/

 

 

I believe that this is true for HP laptops, the last one I bought did not have a COA sticker.


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