Lenovo Flex 2 14 1080p Clean Windows 8.1 installation

7 Responses

  1. Alpha says:

    Hi Mark, thanks for the very useful article.

    I tried to perform a fresh install from a USB disk as I could no longer access the hard disk partition. I was prompted to insert the license key. As I don’t have one and I’ve lost access the hard disk, how do I go beyond this step?

    Many thanks for your help.

    Alpha

    • Mark says:

      I believe at that step there is an option to skip entering the licence key – although it’s not necessarily obvious. For the last few versions of Windows it has not been a requirement to enter the licence key during instalation.

      What should happen is after the installation is complete and you log in with your Microsoft ID it should either activate automatically after a few hours (assuming you are connected to the internet). If it doesn’t then click Start then type ‘activate’ and you should find a way to kick of the ‘activate windows’ process. If all that fails then try the option to activate Windows over the phone.

      Good luck!

      Mark.

      • Alpha says:

        Hi Mark, thanks for your response.

        The problem is that it will not allow you to proceed with the installation without entering the license key. Only options are to abort the installation, or enter license key and click “Next”.

        I downloaded a fresh Windows 8.1 image from the Microsoft site.

        Best,
        +Alpha

  2. Charmi says:

    Hey, awesome article. Worked beautifully. Am really happy with my flex 2 now.
    BTW, I ran into a small problem. My keyboard backlight stopped working. Any idea which driver is needed for it? thanks.

  3. Tapan patel says:

    Very USEFUL thanks

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