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Locating Windows 8 or 8.1 Product Key


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#1 cheesha

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 07:53 AM

How do I locate the Product Key for a Windows 8 Computer since Microsoft no longer places the key on a sticker on the outside of the computer?  

 

I want to reinstall Windows, using an OEM Disk, however, need the original key from this computer to properly activate Windows.

 

It was so simple with Previous versions of windows......

 

 

Thank you in advance

 

 

 



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Posted 19 March 2015 - 07:56 AM

Hi cheesha :)

NirSoft developped a small executable called "ProduKey" that displays the product key used for your Windows activation, as well as other Microsoft-related product keys for programs installed on your system like Office and Visual Studio. Here it is:

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

Simply download the archive, extract it and execute it. Let me know how it goes :)

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 08:11 AM

You can also use "Belarc Advisor" which will scan your computer for all available license keys among many other things and will display them in a HTML file.



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Posted 19 March 2015 - 08:38 AM

IMO the very best system information tool is SIW, there is nothing out there that has such a full spectrum of information about the system and hardware all bundled into one program.  It was totally free now you can try the trial which is full, I am willing to bet many will buy after trying.  On the Get it Now you will find the trial version lower left.

 

http://www.gtopala.com/

 

Found a freeware version!  http://downloads.tomsguide.com/SIW,0301-3552.html


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Posted 19 March 2015 - 08:42 AM

I don't know why you would use a complete software that displays information not even wanted by the OP for a simple product key. But that's just my opinion.

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 09:06 AM

I don't know why you would use a complete software that displays information not even wanted by the OP for a simple product key. But that's just my opinion.

I have found it to be a more than valuable tool, check it out you very well may change your mind especially if you help others with there machines.


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Posted 19 March 2015 - 09:17 AM

I can see situations where I would use it, but in this one, I don't think it's needed. It's like asking for a Speccy log to get a Windows version ... What I'm saying is that this program give too many useless information that aren't relevant to what the OP wants to do. Anyway.

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 09:29 AM

Hi cheesha :)

NirSoft developped a small executable called "ProduKey" that displays the product key used for your Windows activation, as well as other Microsoft-related product keys for programs installed on your system like Office and Visual Studio. Here it is:

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

Simply download the archive, extract it and execute it. Let me know how it goes :)

 

 

Thank you for the suggestion. It seems or seemed like the perfect solution.     Last week, we tried the Produkey twice....on 2 different Windows 8 systems and the key it produced shows up as invalid when we try and use it during the reinstall on the very computer we harvested it from.    I will try it one more time.....



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Posted 19 March 2015 - 09:40 AM

I know that ProduKey shows two product keys for Windows depending on the system, did you try both? Also make sure you get the Product Key and not the Product Id.

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 01:45 PM

If  you want to verify the key that is in firmware to the one found by Produckey which should be the same download Firmwaretablesview from the same site as produkey. Right click the exe file and run as Administrator. Click and highlight the MSDN table. In the lower screen will be your key that is embedded in firmware.

 

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 05:18 PM

My suggestion would be to use Belarc, but it's hard to be sure whether the number belarc gives is the real key or whether it is another similar number. It varies with whether the pc came with windows pre-instaled or whether the user installed it, and with computr manufacturer.
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Posted 23 March 2015 - 09:03 AM

Used Produkey Again.  Works great!  Thanks again!



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Posted 23 March 2015 - 09:03 AM

No problem Cheesha, glad that you found your way around it :)

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Posted 23 March 2015 - 09:07 AM

Thanks again! 






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