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  1. #11


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Clint View Post
    A product ID and a product Key are 2 different things.
    So medab1, when you do a reinstall are you going to use the product ID or the product Key from the vbs script? That was the question.

    Product Key.

    When I installed Windows 8 Pro it asked for the Product Key.

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  2. #12


    As I said in a previous post:

    Did you install the free Media Center on top of Windows 8? If so the active key will be Media Center. If you reinstall, you need to enter the Windows 8 key then install Media Center if you want.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 511
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Who is correct? medab1 says he is going to use the product he obtained with the vbs script. Ztrucher says to use the Windows 8 key.
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  4. #14


    The key the vbs script shows is the current, active key.
    If Media Center was not installed on top of Windows 8 then the vbs key is the one you need.
    If Media Center was installed then the key you need is the key that was there before Media Center was installed.

    If the computer came with Windows 8 then the vbs key is the one you need.
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  5. #15


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    The key the vbs script shows is the current, active key.
    If Media Center was not installed on top of Windows 8 then the vbs key is the one you need.
    If Media Center was installed then the key you need is the key that was there before Media Center was installed.

    If the computer came with Windows 8 then the vbs key is the one you need.

    I agree with you.
    I bought Windows 8 Pro Pack WITH Media Center bundled with it.
    It all installed with the Product Key provided by Microsoft.
    Which is the one I wrote down & appears in the vbs window.

    If I had not bought win 8 pro a different Key would appear. The oem Key. Which is not needed now.

    Microsoft link - How to identify, locate, and replace a product key
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