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Where is the Windows 8.1 Key?

2015-08-03, 12:46 PM

Hi,

 

Some months ago, I upgraded my "ThinkCentre E73" to Windows 8.1 using the supplied disks. I now wish to do a clean install of Windows 10 from an ISO file but wonder if I will need the 'key'. If I do, where can I find it?

 

Thanks - Joe

 

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Re: Where is the Windows 8.1 Key?

2015-08-03, 15:06 PM

hi Joe,

 

You can find the Windows 8.1 product key by following this guide.

 

Take note though that before you can clean install a copy of Windows 10, you will need to upgrade your current Windows 9.1 installation to Windows 10 then activate it (this converts your Win8.1 key to a Windows 10 key and syncs your hardware ID and activation license to the microsoft servers).

 

Once you have an activated copy of Windows 10, you can clean install will be able to activate Windows 10.

 

You can read more here:

How to Activate and resolve common Product key issues in Windows 10

Windows 10 FAQs

 

 

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Re: Where is the Windows 8.1 Key?

2015-08-03, 15:06 PM

hi Joe,

 

You can find the Windows 8.1 product key by following this guide.

 

Take note though that before you can clean install a copy of Windows 10, you will need to upgrade your current Windows 9.1 installation to Windows 10 then activate it (this converts your Win8.1 key to a Windows 10 key and syncs your hardware ID and activation license to the microsoft servers).

 

Once you have an activated copy of Windows 10, you can clean install will be able to activate Windows 10.

 

You can read more here:

How to Activate and resolve common Product key issues in Windows 10

Windows 10 FAQs

 

 

Regards



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Re: Where is the Windows 8.1 Key?

2015-08-03, 16:24 PM

Neokenchi,

 

Thank you for the very informative reply although there is a lot to take in as far as obtaining the key is concerned. It is some months since I obtained my Lenovo from the supplier (CPC Farnell) and so I no longer have the paperwork. However, I will do as you suggest and wait for a MS download and then do the clean install later. I may be wrong but I prefer to install onto a 'blank' partition when I can as I have often forgotten just what I have loaded.

 

Cheers - Joe

 

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Re: Where is the Windows 8.1 Key?

2015-08-06, 22:02 PM

My H50 came with Windows 8.1 and as soon as I got it going I was offered the chance to upgrade to Windows 10, which I did.

 

I followed the guide and downloaded most of the applications mentioned; 3 of them gave the same Produc Key but ProduKey gave a different Product Key.

 

Might it be that one key is for the originally installed Windows 8.1 and the other is for the upgrade to Windows 10?

 

If so, which key am I to belive if I ever have to do a clean install of Windows 10?

 

I'm more confused now...

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