I have a Sony Vaio SVE151J11M laptop which unfortunately is only just two weeks out of warranty from the retail store I bought it from just over a year ago. My problem is that the hard drive has completely crashed due to some memory management and Kernel Data problem. I can only get to the main Windows 8 screen before the computer freezes and eventually crashes.
I attempted a system reboot but I was unaware that the system reboot disks had to be manually downloaded from the laptop so the system won't allow me to to do anything I am completely stuck. Anyway a friend of mine who is an IT Tech advised me to buy a new internal hard drive and a Windows 8 re-install/recovery disk which I did online.
I have not yet received these products but now I have been told that without the Windows 8 License Key (which is not displayed anywhere on the laptop), I won't be able to re-install Windows from the disk, as the key is stored on the system. Will I face problems attempting to re-install Windows 8 if there is a new Hard Drive or is the license key stored somewhere else in the system that Windows re-install disk could detect it?