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Windows 8 Activation on new Lenovo Y580

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Lenovo most certainly includes the recovery media creator on all machines. It's a default tool within Win8, but most PC manufacturers include a tool of their own bundled with new machines.

It's pretty much the standard now for 90%+ of new machines that you'll need to create that recovery media first thing after booting it up. Also, ignore that 16 GB USB drive and go for the 32. I had a client just yesterday who needed a bigger drive as the recovery tool rejected the 16 GB and demanded 22 GB or higher. Go figure.

Alternatively, do what I do. Buy yourself a copy of Windows 8 Pro for $69.99 or whatever and you're covered either way.