dealssamsung np365e5c-s05us laptop a6 x2 pre-owned for…

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So these don't come with an OS?

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Is it possible to add more memory?

squatchy, from what I'm reading on other sites, these do not come with an OS.

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I have ordered 2 of these units so far. And have 2 more on order. The units have Windows 8 and while they do not have an "installed OS" they do have licenses for Windows 8, which if you know anything about Windows 8 OEM licenses, the licenses are stored in the BIOS and you never have to mess with a product key. Just whip out a Windows 8 installation disk and run through the install. They key is automatically read and software is activated.

The two systems I have received have been in near perfect condition, both have manufacture dates less than 6 months ago, and better yet, I was able to register them with Samsung and received a full 15 month warranty (12 month, plus 3 month extension for registering online). I'm not sure how the warranty would hold up if Samsung were to require the receipt, but I doubt they would since I registered them on the site. Who knows. Hopefully I will never have to worry about it.

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@ba1980: with them only having 4gb of memory im pretty sure you can upgrade to at least 8gb probably 16gb

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One hoop you may have to jump through (as I did on one of the units) is I did have to select to boot to "UEFI and Legacy" to get the system to boot to the DVD for installation instead of the "Secure" boot, which just dumped me into the BIOS without booting to the DVD.

Hope that helps if anyone else has a similar problem.

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@czupik: From my research these support 8GB, but they do come preinstalled with 2x2GB.

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I bought one, thanks.
My description says no OS installed, license included. I assume it's Win8 for all these.

I found this link for legally downloading Win 8:
(Note the pre-existing OS requirements)

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/upgrade-product-key-only

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I bought one, do you have to install Windows 7 first? Or a Windows 8 rescue disk? If so where is the best place to get which ever one works? Thanks!!

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If you buy the refurbished one for $10 more, it comes with the OS installed. No recovery disks, but saves you from having to figure out how to get an installation disk to make use of your license.

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@blooblyblobl: Hi. :-)
Not to be contrarian, but not all the refurbs have OS installed. Mine is a refurb without OS.
I kept clicking until I got a grade 7 (most of them are 6) so I sacrificed the extra work in favor of aesthetics.

COUPON TEN DOLLARS OFF:
Enter coupon code CowBoom10 for $10 discount for new customers.
If you go above $300 purchase, coupon code CowBoom20 will double the savings.

Sales tax is added according to state of residence.

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Thanks for the coupon code MCBS - cheap just got cheaper!

Wish they had an option to pick up at your local Best Buy (CowBoom's parent company)

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Can anyone add the link to the drivers? I can't find them, and am not comfortable buying this without knowing if I'd find the drivers. Thanks

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@mcbs: Thanks for the link. It only shows 1 download for windows 8. Do you know if they have drivers for windows 7? Otherwise I might just buy one of the refurbished ones and hope it has the OS preinstalled.

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So if anyone knows somebody with the Windows 8 disks they can use them and install Windows 8? Because these laptops have the COA in the bios and the Windows 8 sticker with the 25 digit code …this should be easy. Or am I simplifying this too much?

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@jgporsche: Windows 8 OEM installed operating systems no longer have a COA for most of the "big" OEMs (Dell, HP, Samsung, etc...) as the PK is stored in the BIOS (or UEFI to get technical). The smaller OEMs would still have COA stickers with the PK on them.

So to answer your question, YES, you should be able to use someone else's Windows 8 installation disks to install on this system. I used a standard Windows 8 OEM disk and installed on my units and as I mentioned, the install never asked for the PK and automatically activated following installation.

PS. The single download for this system (referenced above) is the SW Update software program that downloads all of the Samsung drivers, BIOS updates, and other optional software (Norton Online Backup, Anti-Virus, and other garbage). All of which is optional.

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@chelseahobbit:
I just clicked the linit because of yr Q and it was blocked by my firewall as MALICIOUS.
Since all I do is Google stuff to sift pertinent info, I am NOT a useful (or creative) source of knowledge.

PLAN B
if I haven't found a friend with Win8 by the time the laptop arrives, I will take it to the service desk at my local Best Buy (parent company of CowBoom) and make puppy eyes at the Geek Squad guys there. Win8 will be on the machine when I leave.

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Made bootable disk and still can't get Windows 8 installed but get error 0xc00000e9. Cant get any help from Cowboom or Samsung. Researched on Google and nothing has worked. Anyone else have this issue cause I'm about to send it back?

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@mickee97: Mine arrived today (friday) but im out of town till sunday night.
i will post any results or comments here for you or anyone else.
good luck.

ps
You mean Samsung is unable or unwilling to help?
thanks.

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@mcbs: Samsung would not help since I didn't receive it the way they are distributed with the OS previously installed. I probably could get help had I paid for tech support but I'm not putting any more money into this laptop. I'm not surprised by Samsung's response and only contacted them after Cowboom told me to contact the manufacturer.

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Windows 7 installs fine on this machine. As long as you grab the ethernet drivers, you can have Windows Update grab all the other drivers for you. It may take an hour or so, but it beats the alternative: no drivers at all.

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@mickee97: When you say you made a bootable disk did you make it from another persons installed copy or from the download link above? I didn't have any problems with a retail copy of Windows 8 Pro , the kind being sold for approx. 40 dollars when Win 8 was first released. Ask around, someone you know probably has it and you won't need their key since it's hard coded into your machine. Good Luck

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thanks everyone for the advice.
@stevebc957: neither. I found a download for the windows 8 iso image that allows u to make a bootable disk. I didn't use the link since it says u need to be on the PC you're upgrading. Im going to install Windows 7 then maybe later try upgrading via the link.

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HOW TO INSTALL WIN 8 WITHOUT A DISK
If you don't have any OS disk of any Windows version, use another computer to download Win 7 from this manufacturer:

http://assassinhtpcblog.com/?page_id=39#guide5
(Bottom of the page)

Select, say, Windows 7 Home Premium x64.
Download to a folder you can find easily and transfer the file to a DVD.
Use the DVD to install Windows 7 on the Samsung laptop.
After installation, When prompted for a product key, select SKIP.

Continue setup. When done, download Win 8 from this page:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/upgrade-product-key-only

I hope it works out for you.
Good luck.

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@moomanerism2: Hello!
How did you grab the Win7 drivers? In the absence of comm drivers, the laptop has no way to connect to internet. Can I download drivers via another machine and install them on the Samsung after Win 7 is Installed? Do you have a link for the drivers, or do I go to Win Update from another Win 7 machine? What next?
THANKS FOR POSTING THIS DEAL, BTW.
:-)

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@mickee97: Glad it helped!
Now maybe you can help me. :-)
On installing Win 7, all goes well until I try to connect to Internet: my machine (and OS installation) lacks all drivers, including the necessary drivers to recognize communication hardware, so it thinks it has no WiFi, no Ethernet, nothing but Bluetooth.
Samsung thinks Win7 does not install well on this machine, but obviously my rep was wrong about that. So, do you have a suggestion/explanation to get me over this hurdle?
[I am going to research the matter, but I am hoping you will see this in time to help me.]
THANKS - I am beginning to LOVE this site!
MCBS

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@mcbs: actually, I kinda spoke too soon cause I've been having the same issue. I was able to install 7 but like you cannot connect to the internet because windows 7 drivers don't exist for this laptop (per Samsung). The only way to get it working is to use a Windows 8 disk (which I'm trying to find right now).

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@mickee97: Yep, that is my finding with Samsung phone support & web site. I squeezed the cs rep for info: a 3rd-party web site is likely to have the Win7 drivers if we search deep. Also, the fact that some here installed Win7 just fine makes me hope they can offer ideas.

I am happy with the purchase & the machine looks like new, or looks as a new one would after being on my desk for 24 hrs. It is big and heavy and, well, very black -- but I knew that. A great buy even with the few hassles: I look at this as an opportunity to explore basic aspects of computing that I haven't encountered. And a challenge of sorts.

Cowboom offered a refund, but now that the laptop is in my clutches I don't want it to go anywhere! At worst, if I dislike Win8 (without a touch-screen) I can give it to my 9-year-old and pilfer his Samsung Chromebook.

Let me know how you fare, and I'll do the same. If you wish to exchange emails, I can create a temp Gmail acct and give you the address here.

CHEERS -- MCBS

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@mcbs: it only took me all night but i managed to get get my Samsung up and running. There's a much easier way than how I went about it but if you're still having any issues you can email me, coke.michelle@gmail.com

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I disliked the Win 8 GUI ( along with just about everybody else judging by Microsoft's recent earnings announcement ) but found it to be by all accounts a solid and stable OS. I downloaded and installed classic shell (www.classicshell.net) ((free by the way)) and now I have an up to date OS with the familiar Win 7 look and feel, you can also choose an XP or Vista interface. It also has many other enhancements available.

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I was having a hard time installing win8, it was very finicky with the hard drive, after I installed I would get a blank screen like it could not find the OS.

Turns out the AHCI settings were wrong in the BIOS, just had to enable it, hope this helps if u guys have similar problems.