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    Windows 8 Core x64 Retail/RTM iso for reinstalling

    If a system that came with an OEM copy of Windows 8 had a hard drive failure, or you decided to change your disc drive and you need to reinstall Windows, it may be easier to do than you think.

    Windows 8 uses the new SLIC 3.0 standard for OEMs to preinstall system with Windows 8.

    With the old SLIC 2.0 which used the master serial system, once you got our hands on a OEM Windows install disc, it would automagically work on any other PC made by that OEM.

    The SLIC 3.0 gets rid of the Master Serial and instead, takes the serial that use to come on your Genuine Windows sticker, and embeds it in your motherboards firmware.

    The upside, you can now use any Windows 8 install disc (retail or RTM) to reinstall windows. Just be sure to use the disc with the version of Win 8 that came with your system (Win 8 Core x86/x64 or Win 8 Pro x86/x64)

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    Here is a post on the digital life forums providing torrents to download the official ISOs

    Download, put them on a DVD/USB then boot and follow along. At no point will it ask your for a serial (if it does, you used the wrong ISO). It will automatically read it off the motherboard and enter it for you.

    Once installation is complete, check the system properties under the activation status. The last 5 digits of the windows serial displayed will be yours.

    Once you connect to the internet, it will automatically activate.

    PS: Remember to use a program like Magic Jellybean KeyFinder to locate and backup your Windows 8 Serial in case you ever need it.
    Last edited by MarshallR@ASUS; 01-13-2013 at 07:45 AM. Reason: Removed piracy 'downside'

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    So does this mean I can do a clean install on my G75VX? please let me know because I really want to do this.

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    DirtyCodingHabitz, you can always do a clean install with w8 if you want to.

    what's keeping you from doing that, may i ask?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rewben View Post
    DirtyCodingHabitz, you can always do a clean install with w8 if you want to.

    what's keeping you from doing that, may i ask?
    Well I don't have a Windows 8 disc nor the original ISO. So whenever I refresh my Windows 8 the bloatware is auto installed.

    So If I install Windows 8, do I have to enter any keys? do I backup my key?

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    read here. your recovered key should be able to retrieve w8 ISO.

    edit: i have also tested the program (Magic Jellybean KeyFinder) linked by the OP above. it worked to reveal the serial number too.
    Last edited by rewben; 01-12-2013 at 08:22 AM.

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    No need for serial key win8 will auto activate. Ive done this changing to new ssd. I also got my win8 iso from torrent.

    It is just weird why asus don't give us a win8 disc because it is troublesome if change new hdd/sdd..

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    No need for serial key win8 will auto activate. Ive done this changing to new ssd. I also got my win8 iso from torrent.
    That's good to know. Before I do anything, which Windows 8 should I be downloading from here?

    I also downloaded all the drivers for my laptop, except Wireless and Bluetooth because there's 3 drivers for both.

    Anyone mind helping me in which order I should install these drivers? I'm not sure if I need all of these, but I just downloaded them just incase.
    Audio
    VGA
    Chipset
    WinFlash
    Card Reader
    Lan
    TouchPad

    Utilities:
    ATKPackage_Win8_64_Z100023
    FanFilterChecker_Win8_32_64_Z100001
    InstantOn_Win8_32_64_Z304
    IRST_WithUI_Intel_Win8_64_Z11601030
    KBFilter_Win8_64_Z1005
    LifeFrame3_Win8_32_Win8_64_Z319
    LiveUpdate_Win8_64_Z319
    MEI_Intel_15M_Win8_64_Z8101252
    Power4GearHybird_Win8_32_Z212
    USBChargerPlus_Win8_64_Z215
    Virtual_Camera_Win8_64_Z1026
    WirelessRadioControl_Win8_64_Z1001

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernier View Post
    No need for serial key win8 will auto activate. Ive done this changing to new ssd. I also got my win8 iso from torrent.

    It is just weird why asus don't give us a win8 disc because it is troublesome if change new hdd/sdd..
    normally, if you have the untouched w8 ISO, you should be able to proceed without key. it's better to get the OS installation media from the trusted source. since we all have the valid key, that's just a few clicks away with the official download software from Microsoft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtyCodingHabitz View Post
    That's good to know. Before I do anything, which Windows 8 should I be downloading from here?

    I also downloaded all the drivers for my laptop, except Wireless and Bluetooth because there's 3 drivers for both.

    Anyone mind helping me in which order I should install these drivers? I'm not sure if I need all of these, but I just downloaded them just incase.
    Audio
    VGA
    Chipset
    WinFlash
    Card Reader
    Lan
    TouchPad

    Utilities:
    ATKPackage_Win8_64_Z100023
    FanFilterChecker_Win8_32_64_Z100001
    InstantOn_Win8_32_64_Z304
    IRST_WithUI_Intel_Win8_64_Z11601030
    KBFilter_Win8_64_Z1005
    LifeFrame3_Win8_32_Win8_64_Z319
    LiveUpdate_Win8_64_Z319
    MEI_Intel_15M_Win8_64_Z8101252
    Power4GearHybird_Win8_32_Z212
    USBChargerPlus_Win8_64_Z215
    Virtual_Camera_Win8_64_Z1026
    WirelessRadioControl_Win8_64_Z1001
    check your device manager for bluetooth and wifi; get the respective hardware id and post it here.

    as for the orders of driver install, i always starts with intel base drivers first, then ASUS, then the others.
    1. intel chipset; intel irst; intel mei;
    2. gpu (nvidia);
    3. network/connectivity (lan, wifi, bluetooth);
    4. atkpackage; this one is important to activate the keyboard back light;
    5. touchpad;
    6. card reader.

    normally once the above are installed, everything will work fine with my laptop.

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    Bluetooth:
    Qualcomm Atheros Communications
    Driver Version 8.0.0.210

    Wireless:
    Qualcomm Atheros Communications Inc.
    10.0.0.205

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