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Reinstalling Windows 8.1 on HP laptop?


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Posted 30 June 2015 - 07:44 AM

Hello all, I have an hp laptop with windows 8 installed.  I would like to reinstall it to sell the laptop.  Like many OEM laptops it has a windows 8 sticker with a product key on the bottom.  Since that key is currently in use in the laptop right now and it's an OEM copy of windows will I be able to put in that key and have windows be activated after I reinstall?  Or will it say that the key is invalid or already in use?  If it won't work then how can I make that key on the bottom work?  Thanks for any help you guys can give! 



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#2 Rocky Bennett

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Posted 30 June 2015 - 07:58 AM

That key on the bottom might not be your Microsoft license. You can extract your license by running;

 

 

https://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/


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Posted 30 June 2015 - 08:02 AM

Yes but If I reinstall will that key work to activate windows, since the key is already being used currently in the laptop?  Thanks!



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Posted 30 June 2015 - 08:18 AM

What OS are you running in that laptop right now?


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Posted 30 June 2015 - 08:25 AM

Hi gacl :)

If you that laptop came with Windows 8 preinstalled, the product key is embedded in the BIOS and Windows will grab it automatically during the reinstallation process. You can also do a "Factory Reset" on your laptop if you still have a Recovery partition or the Recovery CD/DVD that came with it. The instructions to do this can be found in the link below:

http://support.hp.com/ca-en/document/c03546603

Let me know if you have any questions :)

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Posted 30 June 2015 - 08:57 AM

Hi gacl :)

If you that laptop came with Windows 8 preinstalled, the product key is embedded in the BIOS and Windows will grab it automatically during the reinstallation process. You can also do a "Factory Reset" on your laptop if you still have a Recovery partition or the Recovery CD/DVD that came with it. The instructions to do this can be found in the link below:

http://support.hp.com/ca-en/document/c03546603

Let me know if you have any questions :)

Ok thanks so much.  So i can just use any windows 8 iso and it will pick it up during reinstallation?



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Posted 30 June 2015 - 09:06 AM

Yes you can. You can get it directly from Microsoft too.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media

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Posted 30 June 2015 - 09:38 AM

Yes you can. You can get it directly from Microsoft too.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-CA/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media

OK sounds good.  And just incase it doesn't pick it up, what should I do?  Is there any way I can be sure that it will pick it up?  Thanks!



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Posted 30 June 2015 - 09:41 AM

I can tell you that it'll pick it up. Otherwise we can grab it manually from the BIOS and enter it to activate Windows.

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