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HARD Drive with Windows 8 preinstalled crashed / How to Reinstall

I did not make a recovery drive and now my windows 8 hard disk preinstalled , has crashed.
If I use a Windows 8 CD/USB from a friend and install on new internal hard disk , will it accept key from BIOS or do I really need to buy a new Windows OS.
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    I know Windows 8 OEM discs (system builder) happily activate white box (HP etc.) keys from the BIOS.

    Can't speak for retail copies.
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