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post #1 of 11
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Good evening,

I bought an ASUS Q550LF with Windows 8 and of course, I am an idiot. I wanted to put my 240GB SSD in it and Windows 7. Got it installed, and wiped the original hard drive which I was going to put into a External Enclosure to use as a back up. Low and behold there are absolutely no drivers for Windows 7 for this laptop. Cant connect to internet, cant connect a flash drive in windows 7, nothing. I know the Windows 8 key is embedded in the BIOS, or thats what I am told but is there a way of getting the ISO file and downloading it to a flash drive? I noticed on Microsofts site that I can download the ISO files but thats clearly stating the fact that it must be downloaded on the computer that I am upgrading which I cant do.

Any suggestions, ideas?


Thank you in advance!
post #2 of 11
Have you got the license key? If so then download the installer, let it download the files and at the end it'll ask how you want to install, choose "install by creating media" then choose ISO and choose a location and it'll create it there for you. Bear in mind that if you want a 32 bit install then these steps must be done on a pc running 32 bit, same goes for 64 bit. You can then burn the ISO to disk or create a bootable USB and install it. Feel free to pm me if you need any help.
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Have you got the license key? If so then download the installer, let it download the files and at the end it'll ask how you want to install, choose "install by creating media" then choose ISO and choose a location and it'll create it there for you. Bear in mind that if you want a 32 bit install then these steps must be done on a pc running 32 bit, same goes for 64 bit. You can then burn the ISO to disk or create a bootable USB and install it. Feel free to pm me if you need any help.

Thank you so much for your input. Isnt the Key embedded in the BIOS or do I need to try to get it? This is what I was told so if I sound like an id10t, I apologize!
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No worries. Is there a sticker on the bottom that has the key and says what version of Windows your running?
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Windows 8, thats all I got. :-(
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The problem I see is how to start the Windows 8 downloader/installer/upgrader program without a key actually written down somewhere. There's a method to get the installer started on any modern Windows machine, input your key and let it download stuff but not actually upgrade the machine you are doing this on, instead create a bootable USB stick with what was downloaded. You click around on the screens you see to do that. Like I said, I don't know if the installer will allow you to do all that without a key.

It should still be worth it to try to google search about "create 8.1 installation media download installer" and see what's going on with that installer method I mentioned. I might be wrong and you might not need the key at all for the download until the installation actually starts.

I bet the easiest method to solve this is search Pirate Bay and use one of the torrents there to get a copy of the 8 or 8.1 or "8.1 Update" disc image you want, which is a bit depressing. tongue.gif
post #7 of 11
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When I go to Secure Boot on the Bios It says Install All Factory Default Keys, is that something I should be looking at?
post #8 of 11
No, that's something different. It's some sort of crypto protection for the boot loader so that a virus or malware can't change it unnoticed. It means the encryption keys that are used to check if the boot loader has the signature that only Microsoft is able to put on the code.

If you played around with those settings, you need to know that that you probably have to wipe those keys for the installation to be able to change the boot loader on the drive. Then after the installation completed and Windows boots, you'd go back and hit that "install default keys" setting again.
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No, that's something different. It's some sort of crypto protection for the boot loader so that a virus or malware can't change it unnoticed. It means the encryption keys that are used to check if the boot loader has the signature that only Microsoft is able to put on the code.

If you played around with those settings, you need to know that that you probably have to wipe those keys for the installation to be able to change the boot loader on the drive. Then after the installation completed and Windows boots, you'd go back and hit that "install default keys" setting again.

I didnt do anything other than enable and disable secure boot. I am calling ASUS to see if I can get the code from them, they already told me they cant send me recovery media. I am just hoping I dont have to buy a full version of Windows 8. You live and learn. I will keep you posted. Thank you!
post #10 of 11
If you can't find a method to get to the disc, you can buy one from MS actually. It's $5 or so.
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