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YOGA 13 BIOS

2012-12-06, 15:18 PM

Does anyone know how I can get rid of the product key in the BIOS so I can install W8Pro(not propack)? I would think a reflash should work, correct?  I can't see them storing the key on another chip... Anyway, does anyone have any ideas or a link to a full YOGA13 BIOS?  Thanks.

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Re: YOGA 13 BIOS

2012-12-06, 16:00 PM
Just go to Control Panel, and in the search box in the upper right, type "Add Features." Select "Add Features to Windows," and then choose "I already have a Product Key." You should be able to use your Win 8 Pro key there to upgrade your existing copy.

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Re: YOGA 13 BIOS

2012-12-06, 17:19 PM

Denya, I have tried that with multiple versions, but not the SystemBuilder Pro key.  In all the previous it made it as far as rebooting and ended up reverting changes.  Has anyone been succesful uprading the OS on a YOGA via "add features"?

 

My goal is a successful clean install from dvd/usb..  

 

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Re: YOGA 13 BIOS

2012-12-06, 19:56 PM

Oh! This isn't related to the upgrade key, the upgrade isn't working for you because of the stupid DRM for that PDF reader trial Lenovo bundles.

 

If you disable the Nalpeiron Licensing Service, the upgrade should go through just fine. I used MSConfig to disable all non-Microsoft services and startup items (just to be safe) and was able to successfully upgrade my Yoga to Win 8 Pro.

 

I also did a clean install and then upgraded that while attempting to troubleshoot my Yoga problems (turned out to be a hardware failure, so I had to return it and I'm waiting on my new one to arrive) and be warned: If you do a clean install, you will lose Lenovo Transition, Motion Control, the UserGuide app, and some other stuff that comes preinstalled, as none of those are available for download from the Lenovo support site, and they're not included in the drivers folder on the laptop. The only way to recover those is to to restore the backup image that ships with the system. :( Lenovo hasn't answered repeated queries as to when/if these utilities will be posted.

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Re: YOGA 13 BIOS

2012-12-07, 0:27 AM

I was able to upgrade to Win 8 Pro and install Media Center after I disabled the Nalpeiron Licensing Service.  I did not try before disabling though.

This forum has provided some invaluable information and saved me a lot of headaches.

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Re: YOGA 13 BIOS

2012-12-07, 2:20 AM

wrote:

I was able to upgrade to Win 8 Pro and install Media Center after I disabled the Nalpeiron Licensing Service.  I did not try before disabling though.

This forum has provided some invaluable information and saved me a lot of headaches.


This.  I did this.  It's pretty straitforward.  Just disable the service in msconfig (I disabled all of the non-MS services).  After that the upgrade went without issue.

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