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Can Recovery folder reinstall Win 8 on New Drive


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#1 hateway

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 11:21 AM

I wasn't sure if this was the correct forum to post in. I have a failing 2TB drive and I hace copied the Recovery folder from that partition as well as the Windows folder. Is there any way that I can reinstall Windows from these folders, fooling the machine into thinking it's just a factory reset? It's an HP Pavilion. I was wondering if this would be possible rather than paying $35 for recovery media from HP and having to wait a week.

 

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 11:38 AM

Hi,

 

If the system on the machine works its possible to create a recovery flash drive to reinstall the machine after replacing the hdd.

http://support.hp.com/gb-en/document/c03489643


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Posted 05 December 2016 - 11:59 AM

It no longer runs, but I can extract data



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Posted 05 December 2016 - 12:05 PM

It no longer runs, but I can extract data

 

In that case I suggest you create a DVD/flash drive with clean Windows 8.1 directly from Microsoft here and the drivers from the HP website.

 

Edit: If the original OS provided with the machine is Windows 8/8.1 during install simply skip the key prompt and Windows will auto activate when it gets access to the internet.


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Posted 05 December 2016 - 12:39 PM

Is there any tool (like Belarc) that I can use to glean the windows prouct key from this old drive?



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Posted 05 December 2016 - 01:01 PM

ShowKey, both the EXE and the VBS versions, also can be used to smoke out Windows product key - I think Bleepingcomputer's download section has at least one if not both of them.


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Posted 05 December 2016 - 01:05 PM

After re-reading the opening post, if I understand correctly - you're going to copy the factory recovery partition's folder from old HD to new HD?  I don't think most if not all factory recovery partitions nor their folders can simply be copied or even moved from HD to HD; you might consider using Macrium Reflect to make a full image of that factory recovery partition onto any external media, then restore said partition and its folder onto new HD.


Edited by RolandJS, 05 December 2016 - 01:07 PM.

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 01:17 PM

Thanks for the helpful posts!



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Posted 05 December 2016 - 02:06 PM

ShowKey, both the EXE and the VBS versions, also can be used to smoke out Windows product key - I think Bleepingcomputer's download section has at least one if not both of them.

But how do/ can you run these on the drive when it can't run Windows and only use it as a slave?



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Posted 05 December 2016 - 02:39 PM

Is there any tool (like Belarc) that I can use to glean the windows prouct key from this old drive?

 

The original OS provided by HP isn't Windows 8 or 8.1?


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Posted 05 December 2016 - 02:47 PM

 

Is there any tool (like Belarc) that I can use to glean the windows prouct key from this old drive?

 

The original OS provided by HP isn't Windows 8 or 8.1?

 

Yes it is, but the Key is nowhere to be found on or in the case. So I need to harvest that to unlock it.



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Posted 05 December 2016 - 02:57 PM

Yes it is, but the Key is nowhere to be found on or in the case. So I need to harvest that to unlock it.


The original OS provided by HP isn't Windows 8 or 8.1?

 

 

The key is stored on the machine hardware inside the BIOS/UEFI you don't need it to install.


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Posted 05 December 2016 - 03:10 PM

 

Yes it is, but the Key is nowhere to be found on or in the case. So I need to harvest that to unlock it.


The original OS provided by HP isn't Windows 8 or 8.1?

 

 

The key is stored on the machine hardware inside the BIOS/UEFI you don't need it to install.

 

Great, thank you!



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Posted 05 December 2016 - 03:36 PM

 

ShowKey, both the EXE and the VBS versions, also can be used to smoke out Windows product key - I think Bleepingcomputer's download section has at least one if not both of them.

But how do/ can you run these on the drive when it can't run Windows and only use it as a slave?

Ahhhh, I missed that; I was only giving other choices to go along with Belarc.


Edited by RolandJS, 05 December 2016 - 03:38 PM.

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 04:42 PM

Thanks to all!






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