Not defending it, as I too am opposed to the practice, but something that industry is now doing more and more often. However, information on how to fix it should be readily available. If Windows 8 came preinstalled on your computer, look for a sticker with the product key somewhere on your desktop, laptop, or device. Some will give you the option to burn the discs yourself, but most use a restore function thats built in and accessible when you boot. Also unlike in previous versions, your Windows 8 product key online is automatic and part of this process. It is not like they charge for another key. You cannot remove the sticker and use it on another computer as this copy of Windows is only to be used with the original pc it came with.
And excuse me if I have the terms confused, hopefully the meaning comes across. I wanted to install Linux from scratch, use it, and if I decided I need to be using windows, then reinstall windows if need be. Microsoft has changed the way how the product key works for Windows 8. Support people will not be able to tell you what your key is, it is encrypted and they would have to run a decrypt program to get it and there would not be a point anyway. Recently, a lot of stories cropped across the Web, telling a dreadful tale of many failed Windows 8 activations.
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When I open the app there is normally a separate window that opens and tries to re-direct and access the internet. None of this applies to generic hardware, custom machines or any other platform you bought without Microsoft Windows installed. Again, a Recovery Disk is something the owner you should create when you received your laptop. Most toshiba laptops no longer ship with discs. I would say, leave it.
It is there product they can charge what ever fee they want to make a copy. Even after I basically changed every part in a computer, and therefore making it look like a different computer, Microsoft still let me activate my copy of Windows. While you may be very angry at Toshiba for not providing you with the support you are expecting, the problem is Microsoft changed the rules of the game. I bought a Toshiba C855-S5118 from Walmart a little over a year ago and the hard drive crashed. No serial, receipt, product key or anything. If you're signing in with an existing account, you may be asked to confirm a code sent to your email or phone, copy settings and apps from other Windows 8 computers, etc.
The mechanism was revised several times since, the last one being Windows 8. So, this means the System Builder software. I have upvoted this answer and marked it as the answer, since I believe it is the correct one. The product should be retrievable from Windows Registry using a program like Magic Jelly Bean. Gimme back the old app from Windows 8. U-Factor ratings generally fall between 0. Grateful Dead logo or dancing bears I smoke a lot of pot.
Parts of this is wrong. However, for most people, this should not be an issue. I'm receiving Lenovo desktops now preloaded with Win7x64 and included Win8 upgrade media at our depot now. You should see my cats. I will take all the help I can get. Because of my unbiased feelings towards Vista, I immediately upgraded to Windows 8 Pro 64-bit. Did you know that on a Mac, restoring is a simple as holding a key at startup? As others have stated, the Windows 8 product key is now embedded into the electronics.
Windows 8 has a tendency to freeze up from time to time. I don't think it really means South Carolina when they put it on their car. Microsoft does offer an upgrade option to. Interesting, would you not say? Again, it's a two-handshake process. What if you need to reinstall? This means that the entire operating system that's on there now, whatever that may be, will be gone, as will all the programs you've installed, and yes, most importantly, all of your precious data you've saved to that drive.
When you purchase the System Builder edition, you will get the media, plus the serial number, and you will be able to use it to install your Windows wherever you need. You, the new owner, were expected to make your own. If in doubt use something like magical jellybeans keyfinder and simply write down your key for safe keeping. It is that change which basically makes it impossible for Toshiba to tell you what your product key is. Well it is something you will need if you have Windows installed on your computer.