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[Guide] Recover your Windows product key

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Re: [Guide] Recover your Windows product key

Postby Caravelle » September 21st, 2015, 6:46 pm

Many thanks. I help out with support for a little-known non-commercial program and one of the big issues we have is with people who try to install the 32 bit version on their 64 bit computers, realise their mistake, don't uninstall before installing the right version and find very odd things happening... So I like to be sure.

I guess I'll find out if it works from the USB stick when I try it :) I'm just reading up about Macrium at the moment, seems a good idea to use it before I attempt the Win 10 upgrade.

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Re: [Guide] Recover your Windows product key

Postby Caravelle » September 22nd, 2015, 1:34 pm

I guess I'll find out if it works from the USB stick when I try it :)


And it does. Yay ! :D

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Re: [Guide] Recover your Windows product key

Postby jimastin2202 » October 19th, 2015, 7:47 am

Hi nememo.

Thanks for pointing out RWeverything, it worked brilliantly, I now have my Windows 8.1 key :D

My Linx 7 became very brick like after a Windows 10 upgrade failure, (stuck in the boot loop of trying to roll back to Windows 8.1). :x

Taking the bull by the horns, I downloaded Windows 8.1 Home edition from the Microsoft site, stuck it on to a USB and booted.
I now get a message saying the key doesn't match the version of windows - has anyone come across this before? :?

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Re: [Guide] Recover your Windows product key

Postby Dann » October 19th, 2015, 3:17 pm

jimastin2202 wrote:Hi nememo.

Thanks for pointing out RWeverything, it worked brilliantly, I now have my Windows 8.1 key :D

My Linx 7 became very brick like after a Windows 10 upgrade failure, (stuck in the boot loop of trying to roll back to Windows 8.1). :x

Taking the bull by the horns, I downloaded Windows 8.1 Home edition from the Microsoft site, stuck it on to a USB and booted.
I now get a message saying the key doesn't match the version of windows - has anyone come across this before? :?

Regards,
Jim.


You'll need Windows 8.1 with Bing
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Re: [Guide] Recover your Windows product key

Postby jimastin2202 » November 1st, 2015, 10:48 am

Dann wrote:You'll need Windows 8.1 with Bing


Thanks Dann,
Still struggling so any help gratefully received!

I've downloaded Windows 8.1 Single Language Version with Bing from the Microsoft site, (both UK and US versions, 32bit), using the media creation tool.
(By the way, out of frustration I've also tried the 64 bit versions).

Following nememo's excellent guide:
> Used rufus to install onto a memory stick
> Boot the tablet using an OTG cable and USB hub.
> Tell the BIOS to boot from the stick image.
> Tablet boots into Windows installation process and asks for the product key.
> I enter the product key found using rweverything.
> Message appears "product key does not match any windows images available"

After reading through a lot of posts, I *think* I need the factory image as it will probably be a Volume License rather than a Retail key.
No response from the email I sent to the Lynx support team query hence asking the question...

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Re: [Guide] Recover your Windows product key

Postby danskeman » November 1st, 2015, 6:17 pm

jimastin2202 wrote:
Dann wrote:You'll need Windows 8.1 with Bing


Thanks Dann,
Still struggling so any help gratefully received!

I've downloaded Windows 8.1 Single Language Version with Bing from the Microsoft site, (both UK and US versions, 32bit), using the media creation tool.
(By the way, out of frustration I've also tried the 64 bit versions).

Following nememo's excellent guide:
> Used rufus to install onto a memory stick
> Boot the tablet using an OTG cable and USB hub.
> Tell the BIOS to boot from the stick image.
> Tablet boots into Windows installation process and asks for the product key.
> I enter the product key found using rweverything.
> Message appears "product key does not match any windows images available"

After reading through a lot of posts, I *think* I need the factory image as it will probably be a Volume License rather than a Retail key.
No response from the email I sent to the Lynx support team query hence asking the question...

Jim,


Hold on - you say you downloaded 8.1+Bing from MS.

As far as I knew, you cannot download 8.1+Bing from MS.
Also, not sure the original Linx version was single language. If not, the Linx key would not work with a single language version.

Can you provide a link?

Did you not make a recovery USB stick when you bought tablet?
If not, then unless you can get a recovery image,you may not be able to revert.

You only option may be to reinstall windows 10 which fortunately uses standard MS ISO.

edit: just found this link - cannot vouch for itthough.

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Re: [Guide] Recover your Windows product key

Postby jimastin2202 » November 2nd, 2015, 12:52 am

Hi Dann,

Sorry, I mistyped in my original email, I should have omitted the "with Bing" when mentioning the MS link.
I've tried the source you mention above and had the key error but will try again - I'll let you know if it succeeds.

Stupidly, I mixed up the micro SD cards and used the backup when upgrading to Win 10, (it's now blank).
So I think I'm now looking at buying a Win 10 license to get the tablet operational again unless I can find an image from somewhere!

Thanks for responding, it's much appreciated and sorry for the confusion!

Regards,


Regards,
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Re: [Guide] Recover your Windows product key

Postby nememo » November 2nd, 2015, 6:31 am

You can always try the Linx 8 or Linx 10 factory image? They should work, you might just need to install the drivers for the 7.
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Re: [Guide] Recover your Windows product key

Postby jimastin2202 » November 3rd, 2015, 11:51 am

Hi All,

Very glad to report the image worked with the link Dann pointed out above. Install was straightforward, no need to type a product key and I now have a working tablet running Windows 8.1 with Bing. The downside is it's without the correct drivers for the tablet but that should be straightforward to fix.

I *think* I've finally found the reason for all my problems, a counterfeit SD card that had been formatted and used successfully. (I proved it was a fake by using h2testw.exe). As it's a fake, it will pass a quick format but fails when trying to create recovery disks!

What I've learned from this:
1) LinxTablet.co.uk is a great site with good people who provide excelent support - thank you!
2) You definitely need an OTG cable, USB hub, USB keyboard, mouse and *genuine* SD card.
3) If it becomes a brick, don't give up, use nememo's guide and if necessary the link Dann provided above.
4) Back up your windows key to this site for peace of mind.

Thanks Dann, for a great site and to nememo for pointing the way forward.

Regards,
Jim.
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Re: [Guide] Recover your Windows product key

Postby jimastin2202 » November 3rd, 2015, 11:54 am

Hi nememo,

I had tried the other factory images but no success.
May have been my error in missing something in your instructions of course of that

Regards,
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