Highlighted
wgnation
Copper

New hard drive.. Windows 8 install asking for product key

Jump to solution

Hi,

I replaced a failed HDD and when installing Win8 from from Dell's Windows 8 Recovery Media disk I get asked for the product key. There is no option to skip the key. Dead in the water. 

Posts similar to mine end up with a DELL support asking for a PM of the service tag. I can do that but need to know who to PM.

Thanks

Wayne

0 Kudos
4 Replies

RE: New hard drive.. Windows 8 install asking for product key

Jump to solution

Hi,

Thank you for writing to us !

Kindly provide us with the service tag and email address .

You can private message me by adding me to you list.

Thanks

Robin

DELL-Robin D
Social Media Support
#IWork4Dell

0 Kudos
htimsxela
Copper

RE: New hard drive.. Windows 8 install asking for product key

Jump to solution

I have exactly the same problem. Can you help me fixing it?

0 Kudos
Philip_Yip
Indium

RE: New hard drive.. Windows 8 install asking for product key

Jump to solution

Use a Windows 10 RS1 .iso it'll input all Dell OEM UEFI BIOS System Locked Preinstallation keys. See here for details:

http://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/download-windows-10-oem-and-retail-iso/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nt8aJNxR_js

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qR27q5yMzk

Dr Philip Yip
Tech Enthusiast and Author of the Unofficial Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide

Windows FAQs and OEM Downloads


#IDoNotWorkFor Dell
htimsxela
Copper

RE: New hard drive.. Windows 8 install asking for product key

Jump to solution

This appears to have really saved my day. Thank you so much!

Windows 10 installed just fine and, according to the screenshot below, I believe it got activated. Can you confirm that? It says "Windows ativado", meaning "Windows activated". Just for curiosity, I tried to run one of those Product Key finders and it didn't find the MSDM table in ACPI.

0 Kudos