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The product key is in the BIOS, so you don’t need to worry about that part. The media can be downloaded from Microsoft using the link @tech_ni provided. It’s been that way since Windows 8.x was released, so this isn’t a new thing. You will lose the OEM supplied programs unless you can back them up somehow, but this is the only catch to using non-OEM recovery media.
-The WiFi driver probably requires you to get it from Acer, along with Ethernet. In most cases, the other drivers are available from Microsoft. However, they aren’t always the best. If you aren’t happy with the Microsoft supplied drivers or want the OEM supplied driver, download them from Acer. Even then, you can usually source the drivers like the chipset and onboard video from the manufacturers like Intel, but isn’t always the case with things like the WiFi card, since these can be OEM (In this case, Acer) specific. Depending on the laptop, the OEM may have a specific VID that isn’t included with the reference driver and the reference driver will reject the card.
+The WiFi driver probably requires you to get it from Acer, along with Ethernet. In most cases, the other drivers are available from Microsoft or chipset vendor. If you want to try the Microsoft drivers they should work but aren’t always the most optimized; if you aren’t happy with the performance get the OEM drivers or go to the chipset manufacturer for components like the chipset and onboard video.
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+Just be aware certain components may require the OEM driver; this happens a lot with WiFi cards. This usually only happens if the VID is OEM specific like Lenovo, but generally doesn’t happen if the OEM chooses to use the reference card’s VID.

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-The product key is in the BIOS, so you don’t need to worry about that part. The media can be downloaded from Microsoft using the link @tech_ni provided. It’s been that way since Windows 8.x was released, so this isn’t a new thing.
+The product key is in the BIOS, so you don’t need to worry about that part. The media can be downloaded from Microsoft using the link @tech_ni provided. It’s been that way since Windows 8.x was released, so this isn’t a new thing. You will lose the OEM supplied programs unless you can back them up somehow, but this is the only catch to using non-OEM recovery media.
The WiFi driver probably requires you to get it from Acer, along with Ethernet. In most cases, the other drivers are available from Microsoft. However, they aren’t always the best. If you aren’t happy with the Microsoft supplied drivers or want the OEM supplied driver, download them from Acer. Even then, you can usually source the drivers like the chipset and onboard video from the manufacturers like Intel, but isn’t always the case with things like the WiFi card, since these can be OEM (In this case, Acer) specific. Depending on the laptop, the OEM may have a specific VID that isn’t included with the reference driver and the reference driver will reject the card.

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Edit by: Nick ,

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The product key is in the BIOS, so you don’t need to worry about that part. The media can be downloaded from Microsoft using the link @tech_ni provided. It’s been that way since Windows 8.x was released, so this isn’t a new thing.
-The WiFi driver probably requires you to get it from Acer, along with Ethernet. In most cases, the other drivers are available from Microsoft. However, they aren’t always the best. If you aren’t happy with the Microsoft supplied drivers or want the OEM supplied driver, download them from Acer.
+The WiFi driver probably requires you to get it from Acer, along with Ethernet. In most cases, the other drivers are available from Microsoft. However, they aren’t always the best. If you aren’t happy with the Microsoft supplied drivers or want the OEM supplied driver, download them from Acer. Even then, you can usually source the drivers like the chipset and onboard video from the manufacturers like Intel, but isn’t always the case with things like the WiFi card, since these can be OEM (In this case, Acer) specific. Depending on the laptop, the OEM may have a specific VID that isn’t included with the reference driver and the reference driver will reject the card.

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Edit by: Nick ,

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-The product key is in the BIOS, so you don’t need to worry about the product key. The media can be downloaded from Microsoft using the link @tech_ni provided. It’s been that way since Windows 8.x was released, so this isn’t a new thing.
+The product key is in the BIOS, so you don’t need to worry about that part. The media can be downloaded from Microsoft using the link @tech_ni provided. It’s been that way since Windows 8.x was released, so this isn’t a new thing.
The WiFi driver probably requires you to get it from Acer, along with Ethernet. In most cases, the other drivers are available from Microsoft. However, they aren’t always the best. If you aren’t happy with the Microsoft supplied drivers or want the OEM supplied driver, download them from Acer.

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Edit by: Nick ,

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-The product key is in the BIOS, so you don’t need to worry about the product key. The media can be downloaded from Microsoft using the link @tech_ni provided.
+The product key is in the BIOS, so you don’t need to worry about the product key. The media can be downloaded from Microsoft using the link @tech_ni provided. It’s been that way since Windows 8.x was released, so this isn’t a new thing.
The WiFi driver probably requires you to get it from Acer, along with Ethernet. In most cases, the other drivers are available from Microsoft. However, they aren’t always the best. If you aren’t happy with the Microsoft supplied drivers or want the OEM supplied driver, download them from Acer.

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The product key is in the BIOS, so you don’t need to worry about the product key. The media can be downloaded from Microsoft using the link @tech_ni provided.

The WiFi driver probably requires you to get it from Acer, along with Ethernet. In most cases, the other drivers are available from Microsoft. However, they aren’t always the best. If you aren’t happy with the Microsoft supplied drivers or want the OEM supplied driver, download them from Acer.

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