dell laptop windows 8 reinstall

New dell latitude laptops come with no win 8 install DVD and no serial key for windows 8.
how can I reinstall windows 8 to a new blank HD?
if I try to install open license win 8 it will ask for for windows key.
where do I get the instant download for the OEM ver. of windows without ordering a CD from dell?
leop1212Asked:
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arnoldCommented:
Are you trying to replace the existing drive with a larger or SSD?
Use the vendor provided tools to clone the drive.
Look on whether there is a media creation mechanism on the laptop.
There should be a recovery partition on the drive.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
The OEM install should include recovery disk creation utilities.

The key is embedded in BIOS for OEM installs.

For Open License Media, you use your Microsoft provided Open License Key.
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Dejan VasiljevicSys Admin and ProgrammerCommented:
Hi leop1212,

Here You can click on "Create media" the application will download fast. Then chose which windows You need and if You need 64 or 32 bits version. Chose where to save as an ISO or DVD. After that it will download files and save it to Your location. You can either use USB or DVD burner to burn it.  Then enter it to Dell machine, and reinstall system.

Here is the link - link

This is the official from Microsoft. The original one.

In any case I guess You have a windows key at the bottom of laptop.
Just in case.

Also it is embedded in bios for OEM.

This will work for You and everyone else.

Thanks,
D.
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rindiCommented:
Get a USB stick that is slightly larger than the recovery partition on your PC is. Open the Control Panel, select "Recovery", then "Create recovery drive". Now make sure the checkbox to copy your recovery partition is selected, and that will then create a bootable repair USB stick that includes the recovery partition.

When you change the disk you should be able to boot from that stick and do a factory restore directly from it to the new disk.
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leop1212Author Commented:
1 Arnold I don't have original disk to clone
2 Lee W, you just rediscovered America
3. Dejen if you install windows from Microsoft site it will not work with OEM key embedded to the latop
4. Rindi I don't have original disk with Recovery
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rindiCommented:
PC's that have Windows 8.x pre-installed, always have a recovery partition. If they don't, then it is likely your system isn't legit.

Besides that, the key is stored in the BIOS, so as long as you install the proper version of the OS, you don't need the key.
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leop1212Author Commented:
in My case I got refurb laptop with blank HD no recovery on it. just win 8 sticker in the battery compartment
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rindiCommented:
Was that laptop originally sold with windows 8.x or another OS (before it was refurbished)? If yes, then the license is in the BIOS and you just need to install the correct version of the OS that corresponds to the version it was originally sold with.

If it didn't originally come with windows 8.x, then you would have to buy a license of Windows 8.1. Or you can order recovery media from Dell. The recovery media usually doesn't cost much, it is more just the cost of shipping, material, and time, you don't pay for the OS. If the original OS was windows 7, it would make sense to order such recovery media, as then you can update to Windows 10 for free when it gets released this summer, and Windows 10 is certainly better than windows 8.1.
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leop1212Author Commented:
I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

no good anwers
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rindiCommented:
The answers are perfectly fine, particularly with the info we got from the original Question.
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leop1212Author Commented:
if you think that the question was answered than you pick the right answer and close it.
for me all of them reinvented the wheel.
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Dejan VasiljevicSys Admin and ProgrammerCommented:
leop1212,

I gave You a link to download windows 8.1 directly from microsoft and use Your own key that is on the bottom of Your laptop. So It would be as easy as go to my link. Download it. Chose a version. Burn it on usb or CD from ISO. Then use it on the laptop to install new fresh windows 8.1 and at the end use Your key that is related with Your Laptop.

Don't know why this is not a perfect answer and I would like to hear from You what is missing/ or better what is preventing You to do a clean install with this? Which step did I missed?

Thanks,
D.
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leop1212Author Commented:
I don't need you to find me download link on Microsoft. directly or indirectly
anyone can do it.
I ask for the dell OEM download.  3 days ago. I've already done it 5 times.
and yet everyone who answered just give you obviously known fact.
if License  key is programmed to the Bios it will be only recognized by OEM vendor install in my case is dell will not work with copy download from MS.
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arnoldCommented:
You will not know until you try, or call dell to obtain the recovery media from them.
Looking for OEM media download online could leave you in a much worse position than you are now.  Is there no create media within the existing system
Several pointed to getting the recovery partition to the new drive, and then running the recovery after the new drive replaces the old one.

In the predicament you are in where you are seemingly uninterested in buying the OEM media, from dell,
Have you looked at the current COA that is on your system? Contact MS explain your predicament and find out directly from them whether the download will be installable and properly licensed.
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leop1212Author Commented:
I am not looking for something related to my question as  I stated before I've already resolve it by installing win 7 and than win 8 upgrade
just at the time I was looking for the quickest way to install win 8 from OEM media without going through the hoops of installing 7 and upg to 8 or buying OS from scratch when I already have it.
again I have a specific question on Dell OEM win 8 install. I have 20++ year of IT experience just need. I wanted to avoid wasting time and received basic advices on how to  buy and install windows 8.
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arnoldCommented:
Missed the "no" in your question. relied on the title for reinstall.

The complexity stems form you looking to reinstall.  Not sure using windows 8 upgrade DVD as the sole source would allow you to install using the windows 7 disc as Proof, to install it directly.

And you did not want to use the existing .......
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leop1212Author Commented:
in fact it will not allow to install win 8 upg without win 7 install that was the most frustrating and time consuming when I install win 8 and try to use upg key it demanded to have win 7 on it first not win 7 media or serial number.
we never use win 8 as its not good for business environment so we using imaging with win 7 pro
just need a couple of laptops with 8 for testing purposes. Hopefully 10 will be out soon and we can forget 8 same way we skipped on Vista.
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arnoldCommented:
the upgrade often was satisfied with the presence of a prior versions remnants. Some windows 7 install process might be required.
Have not gone through with the newer, but an upgrade often offered the option ...
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If you have roaming profiles in the environment, there are registry changes that need to be made for the windows 8 and 8.1 to have their own special .v3 and .v4 profile suffix
Otherwise it will try to use the windows 7 .v2 and there are conflicts between the profiles.
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leop1212Author Commented:
you got me on you keep saying something
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