M17x R4 without hard drive, windows?

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  1. danielschoon

    danielschoon das it mane

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    Hi,
    I can possibly buy an M17x R4 without an HDD installed. No HDD is not a problem but no Windows installed is. I dont see a window sticker on the laptop with the windows key either. So is there any way to install windows on this laptop without having to buy a new license? I read something about the windows key being installed in the BIOS on later models, does the R4 have that too?
    thanks
     
  2. M18x-oldie

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    The Win sticker usually is hidden behind the battery.
    The key in the BIOS came later, with aw17 r1 iirc.
     
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    Thanks. Yes it seems like some of them do have the windows sticker under the battery. So then i would be able to do a clean install of windows isnt it?
     
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    Yes, with the sticker and the code, you could then activate it.
     
  5. TheReciever

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    If it's valid.

    Otherwise there is always Linux.
     
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    Should be, sm weeks ago I activated an old Win 7 key I had saved, on one of my machines.

    Had stripped it off a trashed laptop sm years ago.
     
  7. Grant B Gibson

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    Even if it doesn't come with a key, you can still install windows, but it likely won't be activated. You could always find a cheap Windows 10 key somewhere, say off Ebay or a random key site.
     
  8. mariussx

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    Windows 7 and below have the licence keys printed on the sticker, Windows 8 and above have the license keys in the BIOS.
     
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    There are Win 8 stickers
     
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    True, I got one on my R4, however I got it when I bought a Pro license directly from Microsoft. I have never seen an OEM put a Windows 8 license key on a consumer laptop. It could be I just never came across them. :)
     
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