I'm trying to fix up a laptop for a friend of mine. I pulled the product keys and then wiped the drive. I found out however that there is an embedded key on the computer. The original disk and anything else that came with the laptop is gone, can I make an install on a usb to have a key that matches the one pulled from the machine?
If this isn't doable then will I run into problems trying to buy a new install? When I tried to install a backup of windows 8 I had it never prompted for a key stating that the one I had was invalid.