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Windows 8.1 Product Key for Activation

2013-10-23, 15:51 PM

Hello I have the same problem. There is no sticker under my pc. 
I updated to windows 8.1 and the update program asked me for a cd key. So i took just the key from my desktop because i thought it is only for verifying- now i have the problem that i cant activate it with this key- and perhaps overwrote the original. 

 

So is there a way to retrieve the old key? Was it written on one of the documents?

Thank you

 

Moderator Note; subject edited; post moved here to start new thread from a Win 7 thread.

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Re: Windows 8.1 Product Key for Activation

2013-10-23, 19:24 PM

Normal 8 to 8.1 upgrade does not ask for a key.  If you did a full install of 8.1 you should have gotten a key with the disk.  If you updated from 7 I have no idea what is the norm.

 

Hopefully someone more knowledgeable than I will come along with better answers.

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Re: Windows 8.1 Product Key for Activation

2013-10-23, 23:40 PM

@amorgeddon

 

You can upgrade Win 7 to Win 8 only if you bought a Win 8 license, that is, your Win 7 activation key won't work with Win 8.


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Re: Windows 8.1 Product Key for Activation

2013-10-25, 9:09 AM

My Lenovo came with windows 8 preinstalled. I then updated  to the windows 8.1 preview.

When i wanted to install the original 8.1 Release it asked for a key.


The question remains- where could i finde the original key for my lenovo ?

 

 

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Re: Windows 8.1 Product Key for Activation

2013-10-25, 13:45 PM

With Belarc Advisor: http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

 

But you don't need to know your actvation key. You might just reset your PC and upgrade to 8.1 from Windows Store.

 

EDIT: keep one thing in mind: if Windows 8 Home was preinstalled on your PC, you cannot install Windows 8 Pro. I mean, you can, but your activation key will not work, you'll have to buy a license.


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Re: Windows 8.1 Product Key for Activation

2013-10-25, 15:24 PM

Ok 

 

I downloaded the program when it finishes it just opens a huge text file -where can i find my original key?

 

The option with updating over windows store didn´t work for- so i used a workaround to get the iso file and installed this over my old installation.

 

This worked- but..... 

 

The key that it shows me now is the wrong key- that i used only for installing so i cannot activate windows.

 

Thats why i need the original key my system came with.

 

Was there no Handbook, Cd or Sticker where on it was written?

 

 

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Re: Windows 8.1 Product Key for Activation

2013-10-25, 15:58 PM

Search the string "Software Licenses" in the Belarc reporting page.


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Re: Windows 8.1 Product Key for Activation

2013-10-25, 16:42 PM

Newer units have no key visible, it is in BIOS and automatically takes care of itself.

 

You might snoop around eightforums.com  Preview causes some problems I've read but do not know what all is involved.

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Re: Windows 8.1 Product Key for Activation

2013-10-26, 11:34 AM

Unfortunatly this is what i get

 

Windows 8 Professional (x64)</FONT></TD><TD><FONT size=2>00178-11196-84258-AB004 (Key: none activated)</FONT></TD></TR>

 

I will try to look it up in bios - or do you know where it is written there?

 

 

Maximilian

 

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Re: Windows 8.1 Product Key for Activation

2013-10-26, 11:43 AM

If Windows 8 was preinstalled on your PC, then contact Lenovo or Microsoft to request a new product key.


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