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How to find product key of installed Windows 8?

Fri May 30, 2014 8:54 am

I can see only the last five letters/numerals. How can I find the rest?
 
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Re: How to find product key of installed Windows 8?

Fri May 30, 2014 9:01 am

No Certificate of Authenticity sticker?
 
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Re: How to find product key of installed Windows 8?

Fri May 30, 2014 9:32 am

I assume you can boot the PC? If so, this:

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html
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Re: How to find product key of installed Windows 8?

Fri May 30, 2014 9:33 am

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Re: How to find product key of installed Windows 8?

Fri May 30, 2014 9:48 am

Better, more on-point version of the last two links:

http://forums.mydigitallife.info/thread ... Key-Viewer

Does nothing but snag Win8 keys from BIOS.

Nirsoft Produkeyview will NOT retrieve Windows 8 OEM keys. Belarc will only show you the serial if the currently-running OS knows it. The link I gave reads it from the BIOS direct, doesn't matter what OS is installed or running. Sauce: I used it to get my OEM key from the BIOS after I installed Win8.1 Pro, before it was activated (8.1 won't auto-activate 8.0 BIOS keys, have to do it manually).

Usacomp - The serial number is not part of the COA sticker anymore. Starting with Win8, the COA is exactly this: Image

It uses color-changing ink (shifts color when tilted), and is anti-tamper (hence why mine shredded when Dell put packing tape across mine), but has no form of serialization (which makes Dell's refusal to replace mine extra-extra dumb).
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Re: How to find product key of installed Windows 8?

Fri May 30, 2014 9:57 am

Usacomp2k3 wrote:
No Certificate of Authenticity sticker?

Windows 8 Certificates on preinstalled machines have no numbers... info is in the Bios.
 
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Re: How to find product key of installed Windows 8?

Fri May 30, 2014 10:11 am

Thank you all for your replies. I can now see the rests of the product key.
It is a retail version of W8 Pro and I lost the product key card which came in the box.

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