I bought a used windows 8 desktop that was wiped of Windows 8. It did not come with a recovery disk or windows key (hp said it was embedded in the motherboard). Is there any way to retrieve it or install windows 8 without buying a new copy or the recovery disks from hp? I talked to microsoft and hp and they weren't very much help. I talked to cowboom, where I bought the computer from, and they said I can send it back because it didn't come with the code (it was supposed to). But I don't want to send it back because I got a good deal on it. HP said that I could buy the recovery disks but it would be about 16 bucks. I was hoping there would be some way to recover the license from the bios or something to avoid this, but I don't know if this is possible. Anyone have any ideas?