How do I get the Win8 BIOS key to work?!
I have been fighting to get Win8.1 to install (properly) on this system and it has NOT worked so far, even with multiple media trials. Sadly, I have no choice as the previous owner wanted to keep the hard drive and they put it in their new system. I did this as follows:
- Win8.1 multi-language (USB) - FAIL
- Win8.1 Single Language (USB) - FAIL
- Dell OEM DVD (Found through dumb luck) - FAIL
- Old Win8 DVD (Non-OEM Dell) - FAIL
- Placeholder key and product key finder - FAIL
I have also contacted Dell to get new media (prior to finding it, but I already sent it off) as I put the system in my name and had the previous owner’s data (They were okay with me having it. Don’t worry.) so I was able to transfer the system over to me so I shouldn’t have an issue with this, but the system may come up as including it as it was a refurb.
In addition, I investigated downgrading the BIOS (I have A12 installed; pre patching) and I just can’t do it as it notices I’m doing a downgrade. GRR. Is there ANY way I can test if the key was lost to time (and lost it’s Win8 identity) making this a complete waste of time or is there a way I can force the issue? I’m at a loss as to what to do :(.