Windows 10: Formatting a laptop
Boot it from Kyhi's rescue disk and run showkey plus from that. That will tell you what the product key is stored in bios and what edition of Windows it is for:
Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk - Windows 10 Forums
If you start with a clean install for the same version of Windows 10 as the Windows 8 product key in bios is for, it won't even ask you to enter a product key - it will just use the one in bios. For a clean install you can mount a Windows 10 ISO or insert a Windows 10 USB or DVD with Kyhi's Recovery running and just run setup.exe from it.
Or see my quoted note at the bottom of the link for Kyhi's recovery drive opening post.
Unfortunately none of those links work for me.
I'm waiting for the ISO to finish downloading from the Download Mirror link as I am posting this.
Ive just burnt the image to cd so the OneDrive links work.
Finnish but not finished
The problem is, to run the upgrader requires admin rights. A standard user cannot run the upgrade.
Let's hope that some fellow geek with more information about Windows 10 Digital Entitlement Activation will either confirm or correct this: I think that a clean install might work. Windows 8 / 8.1 devices, assuming the device has a preinstalled OEM Windows 8 or 8.1, should have the OEM key hard coded in BIOS / UEFI. If so, a clean install selecting "I don't have a product key" when prompted for the key should activate automatically.
I have phoned the owner and they have given me the password. Strangely though while I was on the phone the uac prompt went away and GWR continued to download Windows 10!
I have decided to do the upgrade then clean install route. Thats a sure way to marry the key with that machine.
I would also question the competence of her company's IT department if they sold a laptop without wiping company data or accounts off the computer.
after I formatted my external Hard drive with the terminal in Mac OS, I cannot read the disk with windows.
Here is the result from diskutil list:
Lately, every flash drive I've bought requires to be NTFS formatted. Quick formatting gives me the option to change allocation size. Is there a specific size I should be using or just go small?
It's 372.2 GB and it's been at 0% for some minutes now.
I have one laptop,but I can't format with USB,both fill them by 100% and restart laptop it to appear....
I tried with other windows, same problem.
I've got a brand new Acer R3-131T for upgrade.
Got it from a customer, a Walmart item.
At first glance, I thought a mistake was made since I've never seen a PC shipped with a 32GB HDD since before Windows 3.1.
Anyway, I couldn't do the Upgrade...