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Hello all,

 

I am over in Lebanon trying to update my brother-in-law's Lenovo and just cannot get it to update from the store.  The internet is not so great here and with the power switching from city to generator and vice-versa a couple times a day, that causes the download to restart.  I have been at this for a week with no luck.

 

His IdeaPad S400 has an arabic/english keyboard and the system says "Windows 8 Single Language"  Strangely it does not have a product key so I can't do that create an ISO method.  Lastly, my technet subscription expired so I can't download anything from there!

 

Does anyone have any suggestions how I can get Windows 8.1 on here.  I leave in a few days on Sep. 2nd and wanted to do this for him before I leave.  Can the store installer be packaged up and sent as a file to me?

 

Thank you for reading!

 

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You might be able to get the product key if it's stored in the registry, programs exist that can find it.

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Sorry, I forgot to subscribe to this thread so I didn't see your reply.  I tried a generic key finder program but it didn't find it.  I usually use SIW which I downloaded the other day so I will have him bring the laptop and try that.  In my experience though, it doesn't normally pull an accurate key from OEM installs.  I leave tomorrow so I don't know if I will have the time,  but if I can get a Lenovo OEM I may try a clean install.

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I can tell you that Store apps and some updates will fail without a valid activation, are you saying it's activated but you can't retrieve the key? Or that it's not activated?

 

It may even look like it's updating, but will fail I guess.

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might i ask you for what exactly you need windows? if you are doing more basic stuff, you might as well grab a linux distro, where you don't need an internet connection, opensuse for example is great.

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might i ask you for what exactly you need windows? if you are doing more basic stuff, you might as well grab a linux distro, where you don't need an internet connection, opensuse for example is great.


I don't think wiping the whole device and installing a different OS is the answer to an update issue.
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Hello,

if you can try to get an Lenovo OEM 8.1 ISO as it will read the key from the UEFI and activate it with any issues.

 

Since you have the Single Language version, then some changes must be done if you don't have the OEM ISO:

- you may use the following powershell command in order to retrieve the key from the UEFI:

powershell "(Get-WmiObject -query 

			
		

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