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    windows 8 product key


    Hello First thread i have a acer laptop and the hard drive died now i going to get a new hard drive but i don't have the product windows keyhow do i get this.

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    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Robster, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If the laptop came preinstalled with Windows 8, then your OEM product key is embedded in the BIOS/UEFI firmware now. The product key is no longer on a COA sticker on the computer anymore. When you fo a factory restore of Windows 8, it will auto detect the product key from the firmware chip and automatically enter it.
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    win 8.1 pro 64bit with media centre


    sorry brink
    but that is where you will find the key

    you use a scanner to zoom into a about 5mm to 6mm area, you will find the key there - that is where I found mine
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    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    You don't need a scanner and a zoom function to view your product key. See Option 5 here in Brink's tutorial:

    Product Key - Find for Windows 8
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by mblack View Post
    sorry brink
    but that is where you will find the key

    you use a scanner to zoom into a about 5mm to 6mm area, you will find the key there - that is where I found mine
    On my laptop that has the factory OEM install, there is no product code on the COA sticker. I can magnify it all I want but there on product code on it. It's stored in the BIOS. My Windows 8 install media reads it automatically during the install without prompting me to enter one. Its all automatic.
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