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Have Window 8 CD but no key on box

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    Have Window 8 CD but no key on box


    I purchased the OEM when it first came out and I am now just getting around to installing the OS on a machine that has Vista.
    The product key is not on the package.
    Is it possible to find the key on the CD?
    I inserted the CD and by right clicking found the file folders that were on it.
    Would the product key be in one of these folders?
    Thanks.

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    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Is it possible to find the key on the CD?
    Would the product key be in one of these folders?
    NO.

    You need to return to the Retailer.
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    Thanks. I will have to look around for the rest of the packaging.
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    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    When you purchase Microsoft licensed software, it will have a license tag on the package. The key for Windows 8 is very tiny. See this for more information. How to Tell ? Software Also Keep It Real Also How to know you're buying genuine Windows - Microsoft Windows
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  5. #5


    Windows 8 key code

    The original box is not close by right now so I will have to check later.
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  6. #6


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    The DVD's are mass produced and all identical. You won't find the product code on the DVD itself. It should be on a peal off sticker inside the box. Or documented somewhere inside the box. It won't be printed on the box itself.
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    Posts : 25
    WIN8.1/Server 2012 R2/Win 7 Ultimate


    Mine came with a cardboard wrapper around the DVD. This had the key on it very small writing. This was inside another sleave that was the outside packaging.
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    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Almost like they hope you toss it out.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 467
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Almost like they hope you toss it out.
    Now why would they do that , then you would have to buy another copy......what company would want to do such a thing
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Have Window 8 CD but no key on box
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