I recently pretty much screwed myself over with Windows 8. I was trying to recover my applications and program settings via the Windows old folder. Whatever I did I cannot boot into my computer when I get to a lock screen. It freezes if I try to login. If I reset all or refresh using the installation disk under repair, it asks for an installation disk which I have and when taken out and put back in it says it's not valid. I've tried auto help, and it failed. Is there any way for me to access the CD key? I bought Windows 8 OEM from NCIX online shopping, and for some reason I can't find the CD key on the disk or the CD carton.
I don't know how to reverse my problem, and it may be my only hope to find the CD key and use my CD for a fresh install. Could I boot into Linux and find it somehow? Anything is good as I don't have money to buy Windows!