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#1 jp.vdvyver

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 03:09

I once had a Sony Vaio fit 15 with win 8 loaded with bloatware, no recovery disk. However I used a win 8 upgrade disk to do a clean install on a freshly installed SSD, and it worked, though it didn't asked for any serial codes. I'm guessing the notebook had some sort of embedded registration or something.. But I'm getting a MSI notebook, and has a win 8.1, and not sure if it would be the same experience like before doing a clean install. If the worst come to push, I'll just have to get a win 8.1 oem disc. Any thoughts?


#2 +warwagon

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 03:30

I once had a Sony Vaio fit 15 with win 8 loaded with bloatware, no recovery disk. However I used a win 8 upgrade disk to do a clean install on a freshly installed SSD, and it worked, though it didn't asked for any serial codes. I'm guessing the notebook had some sort of embedded registration or something.. But I'm getting a MSI notebook, and has a win 8.1, and not sure if it would be the same experience like before doing a clean install. If the worst come to push, I'll just have to get a win 8.1 oem disc. Any thoughts?

 

You use an 8.1 ISO or 8.1.1 ... then use one of the 3 serial numbers floating around the internet depending on which version you have to get it installed. Then use a tool to look at the Windows 8 serial in the bios. Then use that to activate windows.

 

http://www.digitaltr...uct-key/#!1apce

 

But this new laptop you are getting might already have a 8.1 key in the bios so if you use a 8.1 installer then it will probably be just like before, where it won't ask for a key.



#3 OP jp.vdvyver

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 03:36

You use an 8.1 ISO or 8.1.1 ... then use one of the 3 serial numbers floating around the internet depending on which version you have to get it installed. Then use a tool to look at the Windows 8 serial in the bios. Then use that to activate windows.
 
http://www.digitaltr...uct-key/#!1apce
 
But this new laptop you are getting might already have a 8.1 key in the bios so if you use a 8.1 installer then it will probably be just like before, where it won't ask for a key.


Thanks for the tips, I will let you know further if it succeeded or not.

#4 Shiranui

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Posted 20 June 2014 - 06:45

Yes, it can be done.

There is another thread where this was explained in more detail. Have a search for it.