1. damonator98's Avatar
    Quetion sounds a bit silly, but yes, I have this strange problem. My grandpa got a windows 8 laptop, but he had hard time learning to use it so his teacher(teaches him to use pc) installed windows 7(or downgraded to it). Recently he gave the laptop to me and i want genuine windows 8, but strangely i couldn't find any product code for old windows on laptop or in the box. But I've found windows.old folder with old windows 8 instalation in which could be product key. So what should I do or where should I dig to get windows 8 back ? Ps. Also it seems that Windows 7 in thta laptop aren't genuine...
    03-22-2015 05:42 AM
  2. Richard Culverhouse's Avatar
    There's is no sticker on the laptop with the key on it....? They are usually on the bottom.
    03-22-2015 05:49 AM
  3. arjan wolthuis's Avatar
    I should go back to 8 if 7 isn't legit. With my laptop the sticker is under the battery
    03-22-2015 06:30 AM
  4. psiu_glen's Avatar
    The newer laptops won't have a sticker with a key. Install the proper version of Windows (direct from MS site) and it will automagically activate - manufacturer key embedded in it.

    Just had to do this with our Win 8 laptop, hard drive died with no warning. Put in new one after downloading and creating USB stick install on another PC and bam, 8.1 up and running.

    Edit: I did a clean install though there were options for upgrading etc, if you want to save any data you would want to dig around first...
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    03-22-2015 06:47 AM
  5. damonator98's Avatar
    Thanks psiu_glen, I'll try to do it your way, cause i have win 8 sticker on back and in bios i found "preinstalled OS win8 (some letter mess)" I just recently found that people who took care of his laptop somehow managed to install two conflicting windows 7 versions (also not genuine ones) in one partition of HDD so i'd like to take care of this mess... Which way is better in your opinion: intalling windows 8 in another partition and formating the "messed up" one OR merging both partitions and then formating HDD from xp instalation disk, installing not genuine XP, and then ?genuine? (if I understood you corectly) windows 8 ? Grrr, I'm surprised how people who don't know what they're doing can mess completely brand new pc so badly...
    03-22-2015 07:55 AM
  6. psiu_glen's Avatar
    What model laptop is it? That might help determine. You might want to note that code down from BIOS.

    I haven't had to deal with anything like that thankfully...what a mess. At least it sounds like you don't have any data on there. Of course, the real issue is getting a valid Windows install working for free, as the laptop came with one. But it sounds like they messed that all up already?

    In which case I think the nuke from orbit and wipe it all and cross your fingers approach is the way to go. (disclaimer: I'm not buying a copy if Windows if it doesn't work for you) ;)

    I looked up info on Thurrott's site, he's been going through some current examples of this sort of thing.

    https://www.thurrott.com/windows/100...-media-legally

    https://www.thurrott.com/tag/clean-pc/
    03-23-2015 07:05 AM
  7. damonator98's Avatar
    So i can confirm that upgrading downgraded windows is possible by downloading untouched windows 8 (in this case) OEM version from torrent. This is what I did and it worked flawlessly.
    04-13-2015 10:00 AM

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