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#1 theuntje

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Posted 13 December 2015 - 05:29 PM

I'm having problems with my Asus N56. I'm using Windows 8. I accidently deleted all my environment variables. If I want to go to my advanced system properties I get an error like %windir%system32/propertiesadvanced.exe cannot be found. When I try to go back to a recent backup moment it gives an similiar error message. Of course it was stupid to delete them. 

 

Can someone help me with this problem. Addition to this problem is that I removed my CD drive for an HDD drive. So I can't use an recovery disc. 


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Posted 13 December 2015 - 05:31 PM

why don't you just get a new fresh installation of windows

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Posted 13 December 2015 - 05:45 PM

Would that mean I need the serial key for my Windows? Because I cant use any of the software to check mine because of these errors



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Posted 14 December 2015 - 05:41 AM

If it is a OEM (preinstalled) key, it will automatically detected by Windows after installation and activate, you no need to do anything. If it is a retail key (you buy it yourself) then the product key will be on the label inside the box when you buy it.


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Posted 14 December 2015 - 05:47 AM

So if I get a CD from a friend with Windows 8. I can access it in the bios and windows will find the key automatically?



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Posted 14 December 2015 - 06:30 AM

Is your computer comes with Windows installed or you install it yourself?


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Posted 14 December 2015 - 06:32 AM

Windows was already installed on my pc when I bought it. So even when I use the disc of a friend it still finds the key on my pc?



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Posted 14 December 2015 - 08:22 AM

If it is a OEM (preinstalled) key, it will automatically detected by Windows after installation and activate, you no need to do anything. If it is a retail key (you buy it yourself) then the product key will be on the label inside the box when you buy it.

This true only if it is the exact same version of Windows which was originally installed.  If this originally was Window 8 and you upgraded to 8.1 you will need to install Windows 8 and then upgrade it to 8.1.


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Posted 14 December 2015 - 08:40 AM

@ theuntje

 

Your computer has a recovery partition which can be used to restore the operating system to the way it came out of the box.  You will need to have all of your important data backed up on removable media, like an external hdd, flash drive, DVDs, Cloud, etc.  Using the recovery partition will remove anything which was added after the first time you started the computer.

 

Have you tried using this partition?

 

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 08:55 AM

@ theuntje

 

Your computer has a recovery partition which can be used to restore the operating system to the way it came out of the box.  You will need to have all of your important data backed up on removable media, like an external hdd, flash drive, DVDs, Cloud, etc.  Using the recovery partition will remove anything which was added after the first time you started the computer.

 

Have you tried using this partition?

 

Instructions are below.  Click on the image to expand it.

 

I will try this immediately when I get home from work. I use 2 drives, one SSD with only Windows and a HDD where all my other documents are stored. Many thanks so far!



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Posted 14 December 2015 - 09:09 AM

I'm guessing you added the SSD to this computer?

 

If you did add the SSD how did you install Windows 8/8.1 on it?

 

If you did add the SSD did you uninstall Windows from the HDD that came with the computer?


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Posted 14 December 2015 - 09:29 AM

Yes I bought the SSD and installed windows on it. I believe the program I used was paritition wizard. After that I removed Windows from the HDD



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Posted 14 December 2015 - 09:45 AM

Do you still have the image you created with Partition Wizard?


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Posted 14 December 2015 - 11:19 AM

No I haven't got anything just the copy of windows which is set on the SSD. 



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Posted 14 December 2015 - 11:28 AM

What version of Windows was originally installed, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1?

 

Is the current version installed on the SSD activated?


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