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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: can anyone explain why re-installing windows 8.1 is so difficult?

axor1337 writes: Short back story, I manage a small computer repair shop and am very familiar with how to re-install windows. Windows 8 has been a different animal as many of you know. These Machine are pre-activated with a key that is stored in the firmware. Unlike previous versions of window the key isn't accessible by the end user. Today I was working a customer's Asus laptop it was infected with a version of cyrpto-Locker and the recovery Partition was corrupted. Normally (with every other OEM) we would just do a clean install with a windows 8.1 thumb drive and call it a day. when doing this on a ASUS laptop it always asks for a KEY. this doesn't happen with any other OEM. I called ASUS tech support and they informed me that their system don't have an embedded key. and that they "Can't offer recovery disc's" . I hung up and called again and got the same info. that just doesn't sound right with what I know about Windows 8 activation. Does anyone in the Slashdot Community Have any Idea's.

Comment Mechanical hard drives (Score 1) 307 307

I am the manager of a computer repair shop in that capacity hdd's are the most common hardware failure. Most repairs are software problems. Almost every Computer I see I my shop has conduit, pc optimizer, or other crap on it. But number 2 issue is failed hard drive. And nobbody has backups.

Comment Be a Professional (Score 0) 246 246

I manage a computer repair shop. I teach my guys that discretion is paramount. First of all I'd they snoop on customer files they get fired. Second if the do see something they aren't to discuss it. Finally if they stumble on something criminal (like kiddy porn) they report it to me and I deal with it. In the case of the aforementioned I'll call the cops. But I make the decision and the responsibility.

Comment Chrome new goto (Score 0) 362 362

I manage a local computer repair shop, until recently we installed Firefox by default with operating system reinstall 's. Now we have moved to recommending chrome mainly be many of our user are having issues with sites like pogo working on Firefox. I think this is a nail in a fast closing coffin for Mozilla, users want things to just work and Firefox no longer does. But chrome never seems to fail.

Comment Ubiquity nano station is your solution (Score 0) 300 300

Ubiquity http://www.ubnt.com/ has a device called a nano station it is perfect for your needs it can share the connection using wireless over distances up to 5 miles. but the range can be limited in the device via power management. they run DD-wrt and can be configured as access point or point to point connections. I have used them for years as a network solutions provider.

Comment Re:Could We? (Score 0) 290 290

well, as I am in America and own guns, I would shoot the fucker in the head and piss on his corps! Now as for the Sovereignty of Libya Fuck that too! Sovereinty is derived from the people and their willingness to be governed! When the people of an oppressed Nation STAND up and DEMAND their freedom we need to Listen! We also need to provide what ever assistance we can. so I here and now Pledge mine! get me with in a Mile of That ASSHOLE with a clear line of sight and I will blow his head off with my .50 cal! and since I am a Marine Scout Sniper I ain't just blowing smoke!

Comment Can we say UAV all together now UAV! (Score 0) 290 290

OK so here is my Idea we use a set of UAV's equipped with GSM band transceivers ans satellite uplinks, have the UAV's station keep over the most populated area's bouncing their signals from the GSM up to Satellites. this tech all currently exists and is possible using current mil-tech! and while expensive very feasible! well that is my Idea whats yours!

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