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I have a Lenovo Yoga 11s it had windows 8.1 on it (legit install) I upgraded to windows 10 let it activate and everything was fine. Then after a week or so I wanted to get all my SSD hard drive space back so I did a clean install of windows 10 when I did that I deleted my backup partition on purpose since I wouldn't ever have wanted to restore to windows 8 and I knew that I could just do a reset on windows 10 or worse case do a full clean install and it keeps the keys in the cloud.

Microsoft never gave me a key to write down or anything like that either.

Anyways a few months later and Windows is telling me I need to activate. Just incase I could fix it with a reset I did that... I knew it wouldn't help but I wanted to try anyways.

Still asking me to activate it.

SO NOW WHAT!!!!

How on earth can I re-install windows 8 so that it will use my original OEM key from the laptop. They don't even print them on the bottom of the laptops anymore. Just a sticker that says Windows 8 but no key.

Anyone know of a specific place I can download a copy of windows that is for my laptop without paying tons of money for restore dvds if those even exist. I doubt that the normal retail copy of windows 8 I can download from Microsoft will work.

I really don't understand how this happened. I did everything the way I was supposed to do it and I did it as an upgrade at first to make sure it would register my laptop.

THIS REALLY SUCKS!!!

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Well if you haven't changed any hardware it should activate itself after a while. But if you did or did not and it is not activating then you will need one thing, the key for your old install. I hope you still got it sitting around. Now click the search thing at the bottom and type "support", start a chat and explain the situation and give them the key if asked. They should be able to fix it over the net if you don't mind them taking over ya PC to solve the issue. I had to do that on my PC when I did a clean install and it solved my issue.

Sorry read your post in more detail. Just contact them through the chat option and tell them what happened. They should be able to gaze upon your history of the key and hopefully get your copy re-activated.
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Well if you haven't changed any hardware it should activate itself after a while. But if you did or did not and it is not activating then you will need one thing, the key for your old install. I hope you still got it sitting around. Now click the search thing at the bottom and type "support", start a chat and explain the situation and give them the key if asked. They should be able to fix it over the net if you don't mind them taking over ya PC to solve the issue. I had to do that on my PC when I did a clean install and it solved my issue.

Sorry read your post in more detail. Just contact them through the chat option and tell them what happened. They should be able to gaze upon your history of the key and hopefully get your copy re-activated.

just so others know in case this happens to them... microsoft chat is the best way to go. they confirmed the issue was from installing single language version. then they activated it with their own key so now i have an activated single language license! I doubt that would be common but bottom line 2 things i found out... chat support is great and you cant use single language to save space unless you already had single language.
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