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How do I find my Product Key?

  1. #11


    TY NiFu, worked like a charm. FYI Produkey, like Magic Jellybean, also returned the wrong key.

    Drew

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  2. #12


    Posts : 42
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    On a related note, if you took Microsoft's offer of a free code to add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 Pro, your OS will now report its activation code as the new code Microsoft emailed to you for WMC.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by rchris View Post
    On a related note, if you took Microsoft's offer of a free code to add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 Pro, your OS will now report its activation code as the new code Microsoft emailed to you for WMC.
    Wait, so I've recently got the free code, Will that be my product key for now on? sorry just making sure

    Edit:

    So can i use the "Add Features" code as a product key if i need to reinstall windows 8?
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  4. #14


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    You will reinstall PRO - you need the PRO key for that.

    Then you upgrade the edition to PRO with media centre - you need the MC free key for that.
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  5. #15


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


    What SIW2 said. Your Windows 8 Pro install media will not accept the Media center key during the install. You still have to install 8 Pro and then go to add features and enter the Media Center key. You have to do the two step process. Both product Codes are yours forever.
    I read something the other day that stated. Once you enter your Media Center key, that key becomes your new product code and is the one your PC activates by. I'm not going to link to the article because it also talked about that being used to cheat windows activation. I only mention it because if its true, you don't want to use your Media Center key on more than one PC. It would be the same as trying to use your 8 Pro key on more than one PC. It's not allowed and Microsoft's activation server will detect it.
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  6. #16


    Pennsauken, New Jersey
    Posts : 7
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center


    I know this thread is already "solved" but I felt that this should be mentioned.... Piriform Speccy is able to pull up your original product key that was used to install windows. It is free and it's simple to use. Open it, and click the "OS" tab on the left and the "serial number" will come up that states your original product key that was used to install Windows 8. This isn't the key that is used to add the Media Center Pack, which is in the attached screen shot that shows the last 5 digits of that key.... Reference the screenshots, and I hope this also helps future users with this issue!
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails speccykey.jpg   activate.jpg  
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  7. #17


    Posts : 42
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by jtmal0723 View Post
    I know this thread is already "solved" but I felt that this should be mentioned.... Piriform Speccy is able to pull up your original product key that was used to install windows. It is free and it's simple to use. Open it, and click the "OS" tab on the left and the "serial number" will come up that states your original product key that was used to install Windows 8. This isn't the key that is used to add the Media Center Pack, which is in the attached screen shot that shows the last 5 digits of that key.... Reference the screenshots, and I hope this also helps future users with this issue!
    This gets more and more confusing (to me). I use Speccy, but on Windows 8 Pro, the Serial Number shown in Speccy is NOT the license code I entered to activate, nor is it the free Media Center code I received (which is the one shown on the "Activation" screen--last five digits).
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  8. #18


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 691
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    Belarc Advisor will show the key in it's data display.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 165
    Windows 8


    Some key finders use an old code to decrypt the key which only works till Windows 7.

    • Piriform Speccy v1.19.411: Shows wrong key
    • Belarc Advisor - Free Personal v8.3: Shows correct key (but must be installed)
    • Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder v2.0.9.5: Shows wrong key
    • NirSoft ProduKey v1.54: Shows wrong key
    • RockXP 4.0 Beta: Shows no key
    • Windows 8 Product Key Viewer, v1.4.2: Shows correct key (simple portable program)
    • This simple script: Shows correct key (simple portable vbs-script)
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  10. #20


    Posts : 42
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
    Belarc Advisor will show the key in it's data display.
    Belarc shows the same (wrong) key on my Win 8 Pro installation--same key as Speccy shows.
    Now, I do have a TechNet license key; maybe that makes a difference? But it didn't on Win 7 with Speccy or Belarc.
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