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X1 Carbon: how to find Windows 10 serial key if I need a new installation?

2018-10-18, 10:54 AM

Hello,

 

I've a Lenovo laptop X1 Carbon.

I was wondering: in case of a big issue with my Laptop like impossibility to start Windows 10,

how can I make a new Windows 10 installation? Where I find my Windows 10 serial number?

 

I found on this forum that we can go to Lenovo Center Solution > recovery but in these case you thing that

your customer has always acces to his Windows 10 desktop, exact?

 

Thanks for your help.

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Re: X1 Carbon: how to find Windows 10 serial key if I need a new installation?

2018-10-18, 11:49 AM
Hi

1. you don't need win10 key for OS activation, it's stored in the BIOS and applied automatically once OEM image with the same reduction (as it was factory preloaded) installed

2. you can
2.1 install the OS from the scratch, the same reduction as preloaded
2.2. create win10 recovery media from your existing system
2.3. or download recovery image from Lenovo site and create recovery USB drive
https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/ht103653



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Re: X1 Carbon: how to find Windows 10 serial key if I need a new installation?

2018-10-22, 7:45 AM

Thanks a lot for this information.

 

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Re: X1 Carbon: how to find Windows 10 serial key if I need a new installation?

2018-12-05, 18:13 PM

I am receiving my X1 Carbon 6th generation today (says UPS) and will be installing Xubuntu 18.04 on it. As it has Windows 10 installed (and thus I own a copy of Windows 10) I would like to create a VM (with VirtualBox) to run that Windows 10 so that I can test websites in Windows when necessary (I find in my job I need to do this rarely, but say once a month or so).

 

So I don't want dual boot, nor do I want to run Xubuntu in a VM under Windows.

 

My "old" machine - a T520 - came with the Windows license key under the battery. I hear that the current license key is in BIOS, but that likely won't be accessible from the VM.

 

How can I install my new Windows 10 - pre-installed on the X1 - into a VM? Where can I find the key?

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Re: X1 Carbon: how to find Windows 10 serial key if I need a new installation?

2018-12-05, 20:09 PM

Received the X1 Carbon. Not sure but I think I want to download the recovery USB from Lenovo Digital Download Recovery Service (DDRS). Will this include the Windows License Key and be all I need to install Windows in a VM?

I only want to run one copy of Windows, but I want to run it in a VM under Linux. Why should this be so hard? (It used to be that you'd get the license key, and activation was limited to once per license which seemed to work well and not cause so many issues.)

 

Related: when starting the new X1, it wants me to agree to the Windows 10 License Agreement - is this "activation"? I understand that I *don't* want to activate Windows on the bare machine if I want to install the same Windows in a VirtualBox (is this correct)?

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Re:X1 Carbon: how to find Windows 10 serial key if I need a new installation?

2020-09-18, 19:18 PM

It's easy:

 

Press Windows key + X

Click Command Prompt (admin)

Enter the following command:

 

wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey

 

Hit Enter

 

The product key will be revealed.

 

Cheers! 

 

 

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2020-09-20, 15:12 PM

Hi Ilay,

 

Nice one.
This is revealing the bios embedded key I guess as I never saw that particular key before.
Do you know a way to reveal the key that I entered when upgrading to Win 10 pro?
I know I don't need it as it is attached as a digital license to my Microsoft account and I kept it at hand anyway, but I am curious if and where it is stored on the PC or in the account.

And I find it weird that nobody gave a way to find it?

 

Ciao, Han

 

EDIT: I need to keep the key for when I do a fresh install it activates the original Home version and when I want Pro it asks for the key upgrade.

 

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