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Windows 8 Core x64 Retail/RTM iso for reinstalling

veer01_42
Level 8
If a system that came with an OEM copy of Windows 8 had a hard drive failure, or you decided to change your disc drive and you need to reinstall Windows, it may be easier to do than you think.

Windows 8 uses the new SLIC 3.0 standard for OEMs to preinstall system with Windows 8.

With the old SLIC 2.0 which used the master serial system, once you got our hands on a OEM Windows install disc, it would automagically work on any other PC made by that OEM.

The SLIC 3.0 gets rid of the Master Serial and instead, takes the serial that use to come on your Genuine Windows sticker, and embeds it in your motherboards firmware.

The upside, you can now use any Windows 8 install disc (retail or RTM) to reinstall windows. Just be sure to use the disc with the version of Win 8 that came with your system (Win 8 Core x86/x64 or Win 8 Pro x86/x64)

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Here is a post on the digital life forums providing torrents to download the official ISOs

Download, put them on a DVD/USB then boot and follow along. At no point will it ask your for a serial (if it does, you used the wrong ISO). It will automatically read it off the motherboard and enter it for you.

Once installation is complete, check the system properties under the activation status. The last 5 digits of the windows serial displayed will be yours.

Once you connect to the internet, it will automatically activate.

PS: Remember to use a program like Magic Jellybean KeyFinder to locate and backup your Windows 8 Serial in case you ever need it.
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Karrde wrote:
You have selected "P2: MATS....(dvd-drive)" as Boot device? Use "UEFI: MATS....(dvd-drive)" for a GPT Boot disc. Or do you want to disable UEFI and switch back to MBR style?


I have no idea what all that means. I just used the Windows USB Tool to put Windows 8 ISO on my 16gb usb so I can boot and install.

I did disable secure boot so I can boot with usb.

DirtyCodingHabitz wrote:
I have no idea what all that means. I just used the Windows USB Tool to put Windows 8 ISO on my 16gb usb so I can boot and install.

I did disable secure boot so I can boot with usb.


Okay USB. If you use the official Microsoft Windows (7) USB DVD tool the USB thumbdrive is formatted with NTFS and unable to boot in UEFI mode.
You have to boot the USB drive (or DVD) in UEFI mode (even with disabled secure boot) to be able to install it at a UEFI/GPT style SSD/HDD.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/15458-uefi-bootable-usb-flash-drive-create-windows.html

DirtyCodingHabi
Level 9
I reset my Windows 8 once again, installed all updates, installed most programs that I use. I don't have any unresponsiveness. I bet it was Comodo Firewall because I remember having similar issues on games with Kaspersky Internet Security back in 2010.

DirtyCodingHabi
Level 9
Thank you to everyone that helped out. I fixed the problems I've been having 🙂