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#1 durkinjt

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Posted 20 December 2015 - 12:31 PM

I just installed a 250G SSD in my Lenovo k450 1THDD, 12 Ram, i7. I restored it to factory which was Win 8 and installed Win 8.1 with a disk I 
 
purchased online. To make a long story short, I just noticed my computer is not activated and does not recognize the Win 8.1 key, I was never 
 
given  a key with this computer and it is not located anywhere on the computer. Also tried to reset to factory again and it will not work, give 
 
a message files are missing and to use the recovery disk to fix errors, when I use the Win 8.1 Recovery disk it gets to the installation and 
 
when choosing what HDD drive to use , will not accept any.Can I somehow retrieve an original key?


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Posted 20 December 2015 - 01:07 PM

Magic Jelly Been should do the trick, though I am surprised there is no sticker on the bottom!

 

https://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/


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Posted 25 December 2015 - 12:39 PM

When you (or your PC manufacturer) installs Windows, Windows stores its product key in the registry. You can extract this product key, and — often — enter it when reinstalling Windows on your PC.



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Posted 25 December 2015 - 01:16 PM

Thanks for the help, Magic Jelly Bean worked. Merry Xmas.



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Posted 26 December 2015 - 10:13 AM

Just curious here.  The installation disc you purchase for Windows 8.1 the same version of your Windows 8?  Ex: Windows 8 64-bit.

 

You had installed Windows 8 from the recovery partition, all you needed to do was use the Microsoft Store to upgrade to Windows 8.1.


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Posted 26 December 2015 - 11:06 AM

Windows 8- 8.1-10 computers product key is Embedded in your PC’s UEFI firmware. 

 

http://www.howtogeek.com/206329/how-to-find-your-lost-windows-or-office-product-keys/


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Posted 26 December 2015 - 11:41 AM

Just curious here.  The installation disc you purchase for Windows 8.1 the same version of your Windows 8?  Ex: Windows 8 64-bit.

 

You had installed Windows 8 from the recovery partition, all you needed to do was use the Microsoft Store to upgrade to Windows 8.1.

The disk I bought was Win. 8 Pro, installation was Win.8.






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