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new to the g74vw, need some questions answered

boneskid1
Level 7
after much back and forth deciding i went ahead and pciked up the g75 when i saw a refurbished version for just about 50% off
i bought the model with the core i7 3630qm the nVidia gtx 660m w/ 2gb of ram
link to the new one here:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+17.3%26%2334%3B+Laptop+-+8GB+Memory+-+1TB+Hard+Drive+-+Black/6769...
my first impressions were not that great but after using for a few days and finishing updates it was running pretty smooth. so i thought well lets do a fresh install of win8 pro since i have a msdna account and could get it for free, but after i installed win8 pro from the disc it was still only regular windows 8 and not once did it ask for my new product key. i did see the thread where you spoof the uefi to the newer product key but there has to be a way to do this without a work around right?

also do i need the via hd driver to enhance sound or can i go without it?
Thanks,
Boneskid1
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boneskid1
Level 7
so the first post ****ing ate itself into nothing, my first question was. is there a way to install windows 8 pro without having to do a workaround? i got it for free from my msdna account and wanted to do a fresh install on my new pc.
also do i need the via hd audio driver for the sub to work? or for it to "enhance" the audio quality.
Hopefully it works this time.
Thanks,
Boneskid1

oh btw it is a g75vw not the 74 it has the i7 3630qm and the gtx660m w/2gb

boneskid1 wrote:
so the first post ****ing ate itself into nothing, my first question was. is there a way to install windows 8 pro without having to do a workaround? i got it for free from my msdna account and wanted to do a fresh install on my new pc.
also do i need the via hd audio driver for the sub to work? or for it to "enhance" the audio quality.
Hopefully it works this time.
Thanks,
Boneskid1

oh btw it is a g75vw not the 74 it has the i7 3630qm and the gtx660m w/2gb


if you have the w8 pro install media, create a home-made usb-based install stick with it (see here). you can also create another file called x:\sources\PID.txt and put your w8 pro key into it (see here, look for 'PID.txt' without quotes)

Bran187
Level 9
Honestly I don't see why you would have to do a work around ot install Windows 8 on it. Where have you heard you needed to do a 'workaround' and what exactly did it entail?

I only ask because i have thrown windows 8 on several computers for family and friends and never encountered any problems.

Vicodin
Level 10
Unless you paid like $800 for that thing you have been had my friend. Best Buy has the G75vx for $1250 and it has the Nvidia 670mx. I'm not trying to be rude, I am trying to point this out to you so you still have a chance to return it. I can't believe they are still selling the G75 with 660m. Must have alot in stock still.

Nah I got the g75vw for 727.94 after taxes and such. But I shouldn't have to do the pid.txt trick to get the of to properly load the install, with the bios setup the way it is the product key for windows 8 standard is set "inside" the bios so when you load a win8 install disk it automatically uses the product key that is already with the hardware instead of asking you for it.

boneskid1 wrote:
Nah I got the g75vw for 727.94 after taxes and such. But I shouldn't have to do the pid.txt trick to get the of to properly load the install, with the bios setup the way it is the product key for windows 8 standard is set "inside" the bios so when you load a win8 install disk it automatically uses the product key that is already with the hardware instead of asking you for it.


yes, you shouldn't have to do that. what i meant was for w8 pro 🙂

so i found launch csm in the bios, but i cannot find anything about fastboot or secureboot. where are they within the bios?
i apologize for sounding quite stupid. this is a first for me as i am so used to the old style bios operation

OK I got it.I tried the paid.text trick with a USB drive and it worked it now has my windows 8. Pro on it I installed all the proper drivers with exception of the USB 3.0 driver as I cannot find it.so is it included in the chip set driver or do I need to get a special one?

Pitcher1
Level 9
asus have not provide G74 for win 8, i think you will search from here, i saw people share in here.