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Product Key via Recovery Partition

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1 Professional (6.3 Build 9600)

    Product Key via Recovery Partition


    Sony VAIO SVF15N17CXS
    16GB PC3-12800
    i7
    1TB HDD
    Windows 8.1 Professional Build 9600

    Ok, I feel dumb for asking this since I have been working IT for over eight years now but I cannot figure this out (after two days of trying). I have the aforementioned model and it came with Windows 8. I did not annotate the Product Key prior to upgrading to Windows 8.1, followed by Windows 8.1 Professional. I attempted to run the recovery, both boot from and create media from, but was told that required files are missing. After some research, I found that this is due to upgrading the OS and is a common problem. I am replacing my HDD with an Intel 730 Series 480 SSD. Prior to doing so, I would like to find my product key somehow from the recovery partition. I have mounted the partition and assigned a drive letter via diskpart and taken ownership of the entire drive. After looking through many scripts, ini, etc. files on the partition via notepad, I have yet to locate the product key for the original Windows 8. Is there a way to get it from the .WIM on the recovery partition?... Or is it still in my BIOS somewhere? Any help is much appreciated.

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    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Dacrone, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    For Windows 8/8.1 OEM computers, the product key will be embedded in the motherboard's firmware chip now. If you like, you could use OPTION FIVE below to see the OEM key.

    Product Key - Find for Windows 8
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    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1 Professional (6.3 Build 9600)


    Brink,

    Thank you! I had found and ran another VBS on here two days ago, but hadn't found that one. Although I feel like more of a tool now, I'm glad that I didn't mess around until I found that one on my own (most likely a week or so from now haha). In any event, thank you VERY much!
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    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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