I had to make the transition from Linux (Debian, jessie [APU, had to]). I am highly technically competent, so assume in good faith my following story assumes I know what I am doing, because I do. This actually took me four days. First, the OEM backup failed (HP software). Secondly, I could not download the ISO provided by Microsoft via my key, because it’s an OEM key. The OEM license key for Windows 8 Core (not 8.1 - it’s rejected) does not allow you to download windows 8 via Microsofts service.
IF ANYBODY HAS A PROBLEM WITH WINDOWS 8 REINSTALLING AND TRYING TO GET AN OEM KEY TO WORK: Follow THESE INSTRUCTIONS. In short: Use a Generic Deactivated Key provided by Microsoft, download/install windows 8.1 Core (not pro) with that key, after install input your ACTUAL OEM key, and it will validate. If your HD is crapped, your key is STILL NOT LOST because it’s now in the UEFI bios. Retrieve it with a program or this powershell code: powershell “(Get-WmiObject -query ‘select * from SoftwareLicensingService’).OA3xOriginalProductKey”
Long story short, I have been actively having one long meltdown over four days fixing, debugging, troubleshooting, and finally Wikipedia Walking so far down the rabbit hole I ended up attempting to get Linux networking to work so I could transfer my legitimate ISO to Windows because my netbook card reader/USB wouldn’t read anything over 4GB and the ISO was 4.1 GB. Linux networking failed after eight hours of troubleshooting, installing, configuring, googling, summoning elder gods, and sacrificing virgins. Short story: It was Linux’s fault, not Windows, that networking didn’t work.
If I have any “readers” whatsoever, you should find this comedic, because it’s hilarious from the outside. From the inside I want to cry. I am finally back to Windows. As much as I hate windows? I am never using Linux as anything more than a toy ever again. Nothing has managed, in my experience, to be as deliberately user-hostile (even technician hostile). Nothing. Linux wins this prize, and the smug hipster developers too busy #wontfixing actual bugs probably like it that way.
Hyperbole. I just needed to vent at some stereotypical image so I could blame SOMETHING. Otherwise I’d cry.