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How do I find my Product Key?

  1. #31

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by mbratch View Post
    How did your friend install it? From a retail CD? If so, then the COA and key should be with the retail package.
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Welcome to EightForums.

    You will find the key No: in the order email.
    thank you for welcoming me to your forums, but do either one of you realize what you're telling me? to look at the sticker with the number or look at the number in my e-mail...don't you think if I had the key with me I wouldn't need to ask you for help on a thread about recovering the key from the registry?

    my friend took the laptop to his home and I wasn't there when he installed the software. he is an IT director for a small company so it most likely was some sort of volume/enterprise license key. the installation itself seems to be a retail installation of Windows 8 Pro, version 6.2.9200.

    the reason I ask is because I've done a lot of searching, and I see all kinds of software saying they will recover the key, and they all fail. I've seen threads like this one that promise a result, and even the OP seems to have had success...yet I haven't. I've spend several hours looking into this with no results.

    so even if I can't get the key now and I have to wait for him to come back to the state to fix my pc, i'm still curious as to why it works for others and it repeatedly fails for me.

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  2. #32

    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 681
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)

    Volume/enterprise license keys are scrambled usually for security purposes in the enterprise environment so you'd have to contact the person if at all possible. If he simply gve you the key by phone you could reinstall using an ISO perhaps? We haven't tried all the software available yet I don't think... howabout ProduKey - Recover lost product key (CD-Key) of Windows/MS-Office/SQL Server
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  3. #33

    Posts : 165
    Windows 8

    Quote Originally Posted by trojannemo View Post
    the script that NiFU provided works fine on my Windows 7 PC but not on the Windows 8 Pro install.
    Have a closer look at this script.

    Product key is stored in registry key:
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\
    In value "DigitalProductId" and starts at position 52 (Offset = 52)

    Do a comparison of this registry key between your Windows 7 and Windows 8. You will find the key in Windows 7 at this position (Offset = 52) in an encrypted version (the script decrypt it). In your Windows 8 this part is empty ("00 00 ..."). And empty leads to the product key BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB.

    MAK keys are never stored in registry - only retail keys and KMS keys.

    Retail keys and KMS keys can be deleted manually with this command:
    slmgr -cpky (means: clear product key from registry)

    Everybody can test this:
    • Read product key (e.g. with the script) - shows your retail or KMS key
    • Make backup / export registry key HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\DigitalProductId
    • Run this command: slmgr -cpky
    • Read product key again (e.g. with the script) - shows BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB
    • Check registry (Offset = 52) - shows "00 00 ..."
    • Import saved registry key
    • Read product key again (e.g. with the script) - shows previous key
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  4. #34

    tried all above options except 1 and 2, as my system was pre installed. none work for me. belarc and other key finding programs report product same key that is invalid for installation.
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  5. #35

    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    This script may or may not show you the key you need.
    Check it out---


    Click image for larger version
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  6. #36

    Posts : 1
    Windows 8

    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    This script may or may not show you the key you need.
    Check it out---


    Click image for larger version
    Thanks very much for sharing! You're a life-saver.
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