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How do I find my Product Key?

  1. #21


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
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    You're right, sorry it worked on a previous build I guess. The link to "This simple script" above does show the current key for 8 Pro w/media Center correctly though.
    I installed from Technet myself but always keep a txt file stored with all my key codes. If you want your original key code just go to your Technet account, it's all there.

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  2. #22


    Posts : 42
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
    You're right, sorry it worked on a previous build I guess. The link to "This simple script" above does show the current key for 8 Pro w/media Center correctly though.
    I installed from Technet myself but always keep a txt file stored with all my key codes. If you want your original key code just go to your Technet account, it's all there.
    Yes, I've saved all my key codes also. It's just interesting (and confusing) about all these strange codes showing up via different means.
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  3. #23


    Posts : 165
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by rchris View Post
    Belarc shows the same (wrong) key on my Win 8 Pro installation
    What key ? Is it BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB ?

    Test with "The Ultimate PID Checker" if the key is valid or not.

    Quote Originally Posted by rchris View Post
    Now, I do have a TechNet license key; maybe that makes a difference?
    What type of key ? MAK or KMS ?
    Test it with "The Ultimate PID Checker" (it's a portable program, no installation necessary).
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  4. #24


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
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    I guess it's a case of some software not being compatible.
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  5. #25


    Posts : 42
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by NiFu View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by rchris View Post
    Belarc shows the same (wrong) key on my Win 8 Pro installation
    What key ? Is it BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB ?

    Test with "The Ultimate PID Checker" if the key is valid or not.

    Quote Originally Posted by rchris View Post
    Now, I do have a TechNet license key; maybe that makes a difference?
    What type of key ? MAK or KMS ?
    Test it with "The Ultimate PID Checker" (it's a portable program, no installation necessary).
    Yes, the format you show is what I'm looking at.
    Don't know if it's a MAK or KMS; can't see that designation anywhere on the Win 8 download area or on my subscription keys at TechNet.
    I'll have to try the PID checker when I get time. It's not that I doubt that the key shown by Belarc & Speccy is valid; it's just that it is not the key I got from TechNet and entered to activate (nor is it the Media Center free key I used).
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  6. #26


    Bingo! The vbs script works perfectly.
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  7. #27


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    Windows 8 Pro


    I'm hoping to get some help with this.

    the script that NiFU provided works fine on my Windows 7 PC but not on the Windows 8 Pro install. I have tried Belarc, magic beans, key finder, recover keys, nifu's script, and a few other methods and programs. they all return BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB as the serial. Belarc is the only one that showed the correct last 5 digits (first 20 were still BBBBB, etc). I'm assuming the last five shown are correct as those are the ones that show under the windows info screen.

    this was installed by a friend on what used to be a windows 7 laptop. friend is out of the state now and I need the key to re-install. so i know it's not in the BIOS as the OEM computers, but nothing i've tried works.

    any other ideas?
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  8. #28


    Webster NY US
    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by trojannemo View Post
    I'm hoping to get some help with this.

    the script that NiFU provided works fine on my Windows 7 PC but not on the Windows 8 Pro install. I have tried Belarc, magic beans, key finder, recover keys, nifu's script, and a few other methods and programs. they all return BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB as the serial. Belarc is the only one that showed the correct last 5 digits (first 20 were still BBBBB, etc). I'm assuming the last five shown are correct as those are the ones that show under the windows info screen.

    this was installed by a friend on what used to be a windows 7 laptop. friend is out of the state now and I need the key to re-install. so i know it's not in the BIOS as the OEM computers, but nothing i've tried works.

    any other ideas?
    How did your friend install it? From a retail CD? If so, then the COA and key should be with the retail package.
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  9. #29


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Welcome to EightForums.

    You will find the key No: in the order email.
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  10. #30


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


    If your friend used a bulk license or one from MSDN/Technet it could either be scrambled purposely or no longer valid if his subscription expired, but that's just theory. Also if it was from MSDN/Technet it was supposed to be for his use only anyway.
    Did you try this tool?

    SIW | System Information for Windows by Gabriel Topala
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