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Hello,

I've recently got SMART Short Self Test Failed error with my primary hard drive. I'm going to buy a new one and replace. How can I re-install my Windows 8.1. I don't have any serial number because Windows was pre-installed?

Thank you in advance!

regards,

Boris

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Back up your data before it is lost. Please get the hard drive replaced.

1.To press the windows key + w to open that the setting panel , and type optimize in the search field.
2.To click the defragement anjd optimize deveice list of the setting display.To optimize windows has been opened.
3.ih these optimize drives windows to click the drive C: drive, then click Optimize.
4.Finally the optimize is complete click close.

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Back up your personal files from that drive on external media immediately. emoticon.Wink.title

Create installation media for Windows 8.1

The product key is stored in BIOS so you shouldn't need to know it to reinstall Win 8.1.

Maybe this is the time to upgrade to Win 10 on the new drive while the upgrade is still free?

Ron

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Thanks buddy!

I didn't know that Windows serial could be uploaded to BIOS 🙂

I'll try as soon as new hard disk is delivered and let you know the result!

Have a great day!

Cheers,

Boris

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Back up your data before it is lost. Please get the hard drive replaced.

1.To press the windows key + w to open that the setting panel , and type optimize in the search field.
2.To click the defragement anjd optimize deveice list of the setting display.To optimize windows has been opened.
3.ih these optimize drives windows to click the drive C: drive, then click Optimize.
4.Finally the optimize is complete click close.

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