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Legion Y520 windows key



The computer picked up a virus that corrupted the windows. As such I had to do the windows installation, but I did not make a OS backup, and had to download windows and make a clean install. I would like to know where I can see the activation key of the windows that came with this laptop. where can I check it?


sorry for my bad english 


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Re: Legion Y520 windows key

Hi Nhekipa,

Welcome to Lenovo Community! And happy to have you here.

Lenovo Legion Y520 comes preinstalled with the license of Windows 10 Home 64 and the product key is embedded on Systemboard. Once you are installing the correct edition of Windows, it will get activated automatically once connected to internet or sometimes during Windows update as the product key of Windows is preinjected in the SystemBoard of the machine.

Also product key can be extracted from systemboard using third-party applications like pkeyui/wpkey viewer, thread with similar discussion might give you more insight on this topic.


I hope the above information helped you.

Please feel free to post in Lenovo Community Forums if you have any further queries!


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Re: Legion Y520 windows key

If you used the Onekey recovery tool to make the clean install, Windows will activate itself. If you used some third party download or such (illegal copies of windows), then that's a different story. - In that case, there are other illegal third party applications which will activate windows. However, that doesn't seem to be what you did, so you should be fine. 

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Re: Legion Y520 windows key

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Re: Legion Y520 windows key


  how should i install correct edition of my windows???


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You should have a Windows 10 Home Edition installation media from which you install Windows. If you are downloading the installation medium, make sure you have downloaded the correct version. There are other versions of Windows 10, but your Windows Activation Key that is embedded in the motherboard will only work with the Home Edition.


In some cases, Windows installation media might contain multiple editions. In this case, you should choose Home Edition when you are installing Windows.


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Just to add the info, you can log in with microsoft account on your laptop (Something i did on first day) and that will bound this laptop with your microsoft account. This binding can be used to activate windows for lifetime on same laptop. Just call Microsoft and give your details. They will guide you through activation.

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