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

Submitted by axor1337
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.
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+ - Ask SlashDot 1

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axor1337
axor1337 writes: "OK, so I have been a long time apple hater. Mainly because of their closed hardware ecosystem. and I still don't think I will ever buy a mac, BUT...

My daughter(13) wanted a iPod touch for her Birthday a few days ago and we got it for her. I was playing with it (after she went to bed) and LOVE IT!. the only thing I found it lacking was a camera, but the mac rumor mill says that the gen 4 coming out in Sept. will have the new features of the iPhone 4. I am planning to wait till then and get one for the wife and one for myself. My Question to the SlashDot community is this:
What are the best productivity apps for the iphone/ipod touch?"

+ - Demonoid site down Tracker up

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axor1337
axor1337 writes: "It appears that Demonoid.com is down at least the site, the tracker seems to still be working. I don't know any more thought I would see if the SlashDot crew could find out more."

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