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Problem! Key in BIOS but I can't use Windows defender!

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    Problem! Key in BIOS but I can't use Windows defender!


    Applied new SSD to Laptop but can't use the Product key as I don't know what it is as it's in the BIOS. Key is needed for Windows defender to function.
    Any help appreciated!

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    When reinstalling windows the product key is detected and windows activated automatically.
    To view the bios key use this (select the MSDM checkbox)

    Windows 8 WDP Product Key Viewer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarka Dal View Post
    Applied new SSD to Laptop but can't use the Product key as I don't know what it is as it's in the BIOS. Key is needed for Windows defender to function.
    Any help appreciated!
    Don't understand why you would need the product key for Defender to work. Is any other AV running on your machine?
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    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Tarka Dal View Post
    Applied new SSD to Laptop but can't use the Product key as I don't know what it is as it's in the BIOS. Key is needed for Windows defender to function.
    Any help appreciated!
    Don't understand why you would need the product key for Defender to work. Is any other AV running on your machine?
    No.
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    OK, so what indication are you given, and what are you doing, when you apparently are notified that you need the product key? Trying to scan?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarka Dal View Post
    Applied new SSD to Laptop but can't use the Product key as I don't know what it is as it's in the BIOS. Key is needed for Windows defender to function.
    Any help appreciated!
    Is your Windows 8 activated?
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    Though about that; he might have to activate using the refresh procedure described in Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade.
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    Sorry guys I have had to do a clean install again as my OS was corrupted.
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    No problem. Good luck to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    No problem. Good luck to you.
    And to you my friend...
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