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Windows 8 Where is the Win 8 serial and how to get a Win8 DVD?


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Mar 20, 2010
I bought a notebook with pre-installed Windows 8.
Unfortunately there is no Windows 8 DVD supplied with the notebook.

Assume the hard disc or system crashes:

From where do I get a windows 8 DVD for new installation?

When I go to system info in Windows 8 I can see a
Product ID .....-......-.....

Is this the serial number for Windows 8?

Can I use this Product ID to re-activate Windows 8 again?

What about the Windows 8 installation source? As far as I found out I have to use some "Backup/Recovery" tool from Windows 8 to store the current installation onto an external drive (and restore it (if necessary) from there).

Where exactly do I found the recovery/backup tool in Windows 8?

Does it store the full partition structure from the hard disc?
Your notebook should have a recovery partition from which you can boot a clean recovery. It should also have a utility program to burn recovery disks from the recovery partition. You should burn a set of these disks immediately and also make a second copy for added security.
> Start, type Recovery and move down to Settings or WinW, type RECOVERY.
You will see Windows 7 Recovery.
Click on it.
Select "Create a Repair Disc".
There you can also "Create a System Image".

Oh, and, BTW, the Product Key and the Product ID are not the same thing.

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