I recently purchased a Lenovo Ideapad N580 with Windows 8 installed. I was thinking about adding features. However, this requires the product key and I have been unable to locate it.
What I've done: 1) I checked in the Control Panel under Systems but could only find the last 5 digits of the product key.
2) Looking underneath of the machine does show the Windows 8 sticker but it does not contain the key.
3) After searching around through the internet and according to this article preinstalled versions of Windows 8 use UEFI firmware settings. I followed these instructions, found the UEFI button, but when I select it, there are no settings to select from, and nowhere can I see my product key.
How am I able to retireve and view the Windows 8 product key?
For factory shipped with Windows 8, the serial number of the OS is actually within the BIOS menu, and not on the Windows 8 stickers under the laptop.
For a reinstallation of the same version of Windows 8 as your system originally shipped with, you will not require know the key. Windows 8 will use the key embedded in the BIOS.
However thare is a proported Windows 8 key viewer. (Please see link below)
However, since the embedded key has only one purpose (To automatically activate Win 8 on a single unique instance of hardware) It is uncertain if the key returned is definite, apart from being a collection of characaters in a format that looks like an Microsoft key.
The resaon for this is that this one of the improvements Microsoft has made.All newly manufactured machines that came preloaded with the Windows 8 will not come with the COA (certificate of authencity). Instead, this will be embedded in the BIOS. This will avoid product keys from being compromised and OEMs will buy what they need.