I am installing a new HDD into a HP ENVY x2 - 15-c001dx and I do not have a Win Product Key, or recovery disks / USB from the unit.
I have not confirmed if the damaged HDD still spins and I do not have a transfer vehicle for the damaged HDD.
My current plan of attack is to download a Win 8.1 iso and install it via Legacy in Bios.
I have been informed any XP, Vista or Win 7 key will activate 8.1, true or false?
I do have a clean, owned Win 7 upgrade disc I could transfer to a bootable USB.
Any and all help / suggestions / education would be greatly appreciated