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So i just got me a 13" Samsung Ultrabook. I want to do a fresh install of Windows 8, any ideas on where my CDKEY is?? Used to be CD Key on the bottom.

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Sometimes it's placed on the power adapter. Sometimes there's a little flap you can lift up. It really depends. Look at your manual.

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[quote name='mrp04' timestamp='1351646906' post='595286259']
Sometimes it's placed on the power adapter. Sometimes there's a little flap you can lift up. It really depends. Look at your manual.
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Yea check everywhere. mmmm maybe i need to contact samsung.

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Sure it is not on any paperwork that came with the computer. Either way might have to call Samsung.

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Did you check the manual? it could be in there.

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[quote name='th3r3turn' timestamp='1351646697' post='595286253']
So i just got me a 13" Samsung Ultrabook. I want to do a fresh install of Windows 8, any ideas on where my CDKEY is?? Used to be CD Key on the bottom.
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There was a thread mentioning something about it earlier , here's the link to an article discussing it :[url="http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Windows-8-OEM-OA-3.0-Piracy-Genuine-Microsoft,16636.html"]http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Windows-8-OEM-OA-3.0-Piracy-Genuine-Microsoft,16636.html[/url]

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You're not really supposed to fully reinstall Windows, you can use the "refresh my PC" thingy.

Microsoft has a completely new OEM installation type since Windows 8 that makes it a lot harder to pirate Windows. With Windows 7 all laptops of the same type shared an embedded license in the BIOS that could be validated with the right certificate file. With Windows 8 now every machine has a unique identifier.

You could try if ABR still works on Windows 8. It's a tool that backs up the license information on the software side: [url="http://directedge.us/content/abr-activation-backup-and-restore"]http://directedge.us/content/abr-activation-backup-and-restore[/url]
It worked brilliantly in 7 and will still only work on your own laptop since the license info is linked to the BIOS, but I'm not sure if Microsoft's changes in 8 broke the tool. Could be worth a shot.

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[quote name='Ambroos' timestamp='1351649008' post='595286335']
You're not really supposed to fully reinstall Windows, you can use the "refresh my PC" thingy.

Microsoft has a completely new OEM installation type since Windows 8 that makes it a lot harder to pirate Windows. With Windows 7 all laptops of the same type shared an embedded license in the BIOS that could be validated with the right certificate file. With Windows 8 now every machine has a unique identifier.

You could try if ABR still works on Windows 8. It's a tool that backs up the license information on the software side: [url="http://directedge.us/content/abr-activation-backup-and-restore"]http://directedge.us...kup-and-restore[/url]
It worked brilliantly in 7 and will still only work on your own laptop since the license info is linked to the BIOS, but I'm not sure if Microsoft's changes in 8 broke the tool. Could be worth a shot.
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thanks for that! yea i want to upgrade the HD to SSD!

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[quote name='Ambroos' timestamp='1351649008' post='595286335']
You're not really supposed to fully reinstall Windows, you can use the "refresh my PC" thingy.

Microsoft has a completely new OEM installation type since Windows 8 that makes it a lot harder to pirate Windows. With Windows 7 all laptops of the same type shared an embedded license in the BIOS that could be validated with the right certificate file. With Windows 8 now every machine has a unique identifier.
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what? It is completely legal to re-install a fresh copy using OEM key. :huh: Refresh my PC won't help if Samsung has saved the last state.

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i got a samsung ultrabook too and i need help with the following:

- i replace my ssd and obviously lose the windows 8 installation

- how can i re-install windows 8 on that new ssd?

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[list]
[*]Grab a retail ISO that matches your version that was installed by your OEM (Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro)
[*]Use Windows 7 Store USB tool to create a bootable 4GB+ USB stick
[*]Use the bypass product key request during install fix (Google/Bing for Windows 8 create ei.cfg)
[*]Add your ei.cfg into sources dir on the USB stick
[*]Boot off of USB stick
[*]Proceed to fresh install
[*]After installation connect to the internet and run Windows Updates
[*]Fingers crossed, your EFI firmware should activate your copy of Windows 8
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CD-Key is built into the Bios. Windows 8 will detect it on a reinstall and load it automatically.

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Your proof of license may be located under the battery....

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[quote name='Buzz99' timestamp='1356635917' post='595418382']
Your proof of license may be located under the battery....
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Nope, see my post above.

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Had the same issue! On boot press F4 you should get into a a recovery option. Plug your SSD into a usb 2 sata port and then you can copy the HD onto SSD drive. BACKUP everything,

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