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#1 mikey11

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 07:25 AM

i have an acer aspire with bad hard drive, i am going to replace the drive, i dont have any recovery install media, so i am going to create a bootable USB drive from an ISO file,

 

will my product key still be valid if i do this?

 

will windows activate automatically?

 

i am not sure if it had 8 or 8.1

 

would it matter which one i install when it comes to the activation?



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Posted 01 June 2016 - 07:40 AM

Yes. You have to make sure the version of windows that you're installing is the same as the CD key. For instance you can't use a Home 32 bit key for a Home 64 bit install.



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Posted 01 June 2016 - 07:42 AM

Yes. You have to make sure the version of windows that you're installing is the same as the CD key. For instance you can't use a Home 32 bit key for a Home 64 bit install.

 

 

i realize that, but what about windows 8 or 8.1?

 

will it make a difference if i install the incorrect one? or will my product key work for both?

 

is there any way to find out what it came with?....8 or 8.1?.....32 or 64?


Edited by mikey11, 01 June 2016 - 07:45 AM.


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Posted 01 June 2016 - 07:51 AM

No, because windows 8.1 is an upgrade from 8 so that shouldn't affect it.

 

If you install the software and go to input the product key and it's wrong it will say the product key is invalid for this version (not the exact terminology but close enough). The best way to go about figuring out which version it was is to look at the product key sticker on the computer and it should tell you. If there isn't one then you could try looking at the manual or look up the model of the computer because certain models had just one version of the OS installed unless it was a custom build. Also if you have more than 4 GB of ram it's going to be 64 bit.



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Posted 01 June 2016 - 07:54 AM

thanks,

 

my computer doesnt have a product key sticker, i thought windows 8 would activate automatically....no?



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Posted 01 June 2016 - 08:00 AM

Only if you have the recovery disk. At work I have a windows 7 recovery disk for our HP computers. I just pop the cd in and reformat everything and it seems to pull the previous product key off the computer as I've never had to reinput the product key and it activates once connected to the internet without a problem.



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Posted 01 June 2016 - 08:21 AM

thanks,

 

my computer doesnt have a product key sticker, i thought windows 8 would activate automatically....no?

 

Yes the key is stored on the BIOS/UEFI of the machine.

 

 

Edit: If during install you get a prompt for the key simply click the skip button or the option to enter the key later.


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Posted 01 June 2016 - 08:30 AM

Yes. You have to make sure the version of windows that you're installing is the same as the CD key. For instance you can't use a Home 32 bit key for a Home 64 bit install.

 

Sorry that isn't true the Keys are specific for the Windows edition not for the OS bits.

 

https://community.spiceworks.com/topic/187228-downgrade-oem-64bit-to-32bit


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Posted 01 June 2016 - 08:58 AM

 

Yes. You have to make sure the version of windows that you're installing is the same as the CD key. For instance you can't use a Home 32 bit key for a Home 64 bit install.

 

Sorry that isn't true the Keys are specific for the Windows edition not for the OS bits.

 

https://community.spiceworks.com/topic/187228-downgrade-oem-64bit-to-32bit

 

 

 

Interesting. I tried this before and it didn't work. Must've done something wrong at the time. Learn something new everyday.



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Posted 01 June 2016 - 09:17 AM

 

thanks,

 

my computer doesnt have a product key sticker, i thought windows 8 would activate automatically....no?

 

Yes the key is stored on the BIOS/UEFI of the machine.

 

 

Edit: If during install you get a prompt for the key simply click the skip button or the option to enter the key later.

 

 

 

thanks, thats what i thought

 

 


Edited by mikey11, 01 June 2016 - 09:17 AM.


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Posted 04 June 2016 - 10:53 PM

I THINK YOU HAVE TO INSTALL WINDOW 8.1 IT IS BEST VERSION THEN 8.0 AND FOOR DOWNLOAD WINDOW 8.1 YOU CAN USE THIS LINK webforpc.com/software/operating-systems/windows-8-1-download-official-32-bit-64-bit-iso/


Edited by ranksign, 05 June 2016 - 12:44 AM.


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Posted 07 June 2016 - 10:12 AM

I THINK YOU HAVE TO INSTALL WINDOW 8.1 IT IS BEST VERSION THEN 8.0 AND FOOR DOWNLOAD WINDOW 8.1 YOU CAN USE THIS LINK webforpc.com/software/operating-systems/windows-8-1-download-official-32-bit-64-bit-iso/

The product code is tied to the version that was originally installed.


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Posted 07 June 2016 - 02:58 PM

thanks, i installed windows 8 from an iso file, it worked and activated automatically


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Posted 07 June 2016 - 02:59 PM

thanks, i installed windows 8 from an iso file, it worked and activated automatically

 

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Posted 07 June 2016 - 03:50 PM

 

thanks, i installed windows 8 from an iso file, it worked and activated automatically

 

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