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Windows 8.1 Recovery discs

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#1 AIpha


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Posted 13 May 2015 - 04:47 AM



I recently purchased a laptop but it stopped working as the hard disc failed. So, the operating system was gone. The manufacturer replaced the hard disc and sent 4 Windows 8.1 system recovery discs for installation. But then the laptop had an issue with motherboard and I have returned the machine. 


Now I have 4 discs with genuine Windows 8.1. Can I buy a laptop without Operating system and use these discs to install Win 8.1 on it? 


I'd appreciate your comments.

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#2 Delphinus


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Posted 13 May 2015 - 02:12 PM

PCs from most major brands usually have something that their OEM Windows installs look for to verify that the OS is for that brand and model number. This is sometimes called a 'tatoo', flashed to the motherboard. So, unless you buy another laptop that is the same brand and model as the one you had, it's very unlikely that those recovery disks are going to be of any use.

Edited by Delphinus, 13 May 2015 - 09:17 PM.

#3 myke1124


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Posted 15 May 2015 - 12:17 PM

Recovery disks are usually good for just the computer they shipped with.  If you need generic recovery media, you can get that from microsoft. Generic recovery media is nice because it does not have all the extra bloatware from the manufacture.  If you buy a computer with no OS it probably will not have a license key built into bios, therefore this method will not work.

From a working computer, download the media creation tool from Microsoft. It is the purple "create media" button on the page linked below.




You will get the option to select what version of windows 8 you need. This method will use the license key built into your bios during the windows install process. 


I recommend an empty 4+ GB USB stick for this process. This process will destroy any data on that USB stick.

Edited by myke1124, 15 May 2015 - 12:23 PM.

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