hey.. I am currently using alienware 14 and I want to install windows 8 on my new hard drisk (750gb 7200rpm). I TRIED ALL THE BOOT OPTIONS, THE ERROR I AM GETTING IS THE PRODUCT KEY DOES NOT MATCH WITH ANY OF THE IMAGES AVAILABLE! I have genuine windows 8 dvd! please help me
"I have genuine windows 8 dvd!"
A genuine "Dell" Windows DVD? or does it come from somewhere else. This is Windows 8 x64 (non-Pro), correct?
You shouldn't need to enter a product key when used on a system that shipped with Windows 8. (If this system did not ship with Windows 8, you can't use a Dell DVD ... you'd have to purchase Windows 8 and use "retail" media to install.)
However, if this system shipped with Windows 8 and your Dell installation DVD is giving that message, then you need to create a file called PID.txt and put it in the /sources folder of the installation media (you'll have to either burn a different DVD or install via USB). Inside the file should be this (where the X's are the characters of the product key):
You can get your specific product key from the BIOS by installing Windows 7 (you can download a 30 day trial from Digital River - just google 'windows 7 iso'), then running RWEverything, and writing down the key stored in ACPI Tables, MSDM.
Or you can use a generic key to get Windows 8 installed, then use RWEverything to get the key, then activate using it. Here are the generic keys: