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    Product Key - Find for Windows 8

    Product Key - Find for Windows 8
    How to Find Your Windows 8 and 8.1 Product Key Number
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    How to Find Your Windows 8 and 8.1 Product Key Number


    information   Information
    The Windows 8 product key is a sequence of 25 letters and numbers divided into 5 groups of 5 characters each (ex: XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX) that is used to activate either the 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 8 edition that you purchased and installing.

    OEM PCs that come with Windows 8 or Windows RT preinstalled stores and encrypts the product key in the uEFI or BIOS firmware chip now. The product key is no longer on the COA sticker to help prevent theft. Whenever you need to reset or reinstall the same Windows 8 on your OEM PC, the product key will automatically be applied and activated.

    When installing a retail (upgrade) or system builder copy of Windows 8 on a PC, you must enter your product key to continue the installation and automatically activate.

    Windows 8 Enterprise does not require you to enter a product key during installation. You will have a free 90-day evaluation period before you must change the product key to be able to enter your volume license product key and activate Windows 8 Enterprise.


    This tutorial will show you how to find your Windows 8 product key from within Windows 8, a Windows 8 retail box, or online order confirmation email.

    Note   Note
    For more information about a Windows 8 product key, see: What is a product key?

    For more information about the Windows 8 EULA, see: Windows 8 EULA

    For more information about what to look for with genuine Windows 8, see: How to Tell

    A Windows 8 Media Center Pack or Windows 8 Pro Pack product key will not activate Windows 8. Instead you must install and activate Windows 8 with your Windows 8 product key, then add Media Center back with it's product key.

    Tip   Tip
    A Product Key and Product ID are two completely different things, despite the similarity of the terms.

    The 25 character Product ID is created during the installation process and is prominently displayed under the Windows activation section at the bottom of the Control Panel (icons view) -> System window. It is used to obtain/qualify for technical support from Microsoft; it is of no use during the installation process.

    The 25 character Product Key is used to "prove" ownership of a legitimate license and is required to perform the installation to activate Windows with.




    OPTION ONE
    Find Windows 8 Product Key from Online Purchase Confirmation Email


    Note   Note
    When you order and download Windows 8 online from either the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant, Add Features to Windows 8, or online retailer, you will get a confirmation email that contains your order details and product key.

    It is highly recommended that you print out this order confirmation email and place it in a safe place to have available for whenever you may need it.

    1. Check your email for this confirmation email, and open it. You will see your Windows 8 product key towards the top like in my emails below.
    NOTE: If you do not see it, then check your spam or junk inbox and filters to see if it may have been blocked.

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    OPTION TWO
    Find Windows 8 Product Key in Retail Box


    Note   Note
    A Windows 8 retail box contains a welcome card, separate 32-bit and 64-bit setup discs, and a card containing your product key.

    1. Open your purchased Windows 8 retail box, and look for the card that contains your Windows 8 product key. (see screenshots below)

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    OPTION THREE
    Find Windows 8 Product Key with "Belarc Advisor"


    Note   Note
    You must be signed in as an administrator to run this program. This program will not find the product key of Windows 8 Enterprise since it's a volume license.

    1. If you have not already, download and install the free Belarc Advisor program.

    2. Run the program. When it displays the results in your default web browser, scroll down until you see your Windows 8 product key like below.

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    OPTION FOUR
    Find Windows 8 Product Key with "ProduKey"


    Note   Note
    You must be signed in as an administrator to run this program. This program will not find the product key of Windows 8 Enterprise since it's a volume license.

    1. If you have not already, download the same 32-bit or 64-bit ZIP version of the free Produkey program as your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 8.
    NOTE: This program is a standalone .exe file that will not install anything on your PC.

    2. Run the program. When it displays the results, you will see your Windows 8 product key like below.

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    OPTION FIVE
    Find Windows 8 Product Key with "ShowKey" Script


    Note   Note
    You must be signed in as an administrator to run this program.

    This .vbs file will not find the product key of Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise since it's a volume license.


    1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the ShowKey_v1.3.vbs file.
    NOTE: This script is a standalone .vbs file that will not install anything on your PC.

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    2. Run the script. When it displays the results, you will see your Windows 8 product key like below.

    Note   Note
    Installed Key = Product key that Windows is currently activated with.

    OEM Key = Product key embedded in the UEFI firmware that came with the PC.


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    3. If you like, click/tap on Yes, to save your Windows product key information to a .txt file at the same location you ran the .vbs file from.

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    Show Key VBS


    This VBS script works for me.
    It only shows the present key.
    I have my OEM key & Pro key.
    This shows my PRO key.
    If this is of no interest, please delete.

    ShowKey.vbs


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    Thank you David. I added the ShowKey.vbs file as OPTION FIVE in the tutorial.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Thank you David. I added the ShowKey.vbs file as OPTION FIVE in the tutorial.
    I hope someone finds it useful.
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    Hey Sean,

    This Tutorial is how I found my windows product key, and thanks!

    Do you know how I can find my WMP product key? I tried going to the MS website, but it didn't show it as a purchase for some reason (or, obviously, list the Product Key). I used the upgrade back when it was discounted from a windows 7 install.

    The reason is, I would like to have WMP installed on 8.1 after I upgrade to the final from the preview, through the store. I foolishly thought 8.1 preview was able to be uninstalled back when I installed it. And I am having problems locating the key.
    Thanks!
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    Hello Dusty,

    If you mean the key for the Windows 8 Media Center Pack, then unless you have the email or a print out of the invoice, you may have lost it for good.

    If you know the order number, then you can get the key directly at this link: https://www.mswos.com/

    If you have the proof of purchase for the Windows 8 Media Center Pack, then the Microsoft Store Support Team may be able to help you in recovering the product key for the product that you have purchased. You can contact the Microsoft Store Support Team from this link:

    Microsoft Store Support

    Hope this helps.
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    ^ Yes, that is what I meant. Unfortunately, I had no success in locating such an email (I should have saved but must not have). I will say that I hadn't used it very often, but it was nice to have in case I ever did (and I had used it in the past).

    Oh well, best pay more attention in the future. Thanks.
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    Sorry to hear that mate.
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    Great news Brink. Just updated to 8.1, it didn't ask for Product key (used the one already in activation), and installed media Center as well. This is a good note for anyone who was having a similar problem as I did.
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    I'm happy to hear the update went well.
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