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  1. #11


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    The Product ID listed there is not your product key.

    Product Keys and Product IDs are two completely different things,
    despite the similarity of the terms.

    The 20 character Product ID is created during the installation
    process and is used to obtain/qualify for technical support (ex: activate by phone) from Microsoft; it is of no use during the
    installation process.

    The 25 character Product Key is used to prove ownership of a
    legitimate license and is required to enter during installation to activate with.

    Product Key - Find for Windows 8
    Bingo, I had a hunch he might have confused one for the other. The Product ID: would change when going from 8.0 to 8.1.

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  2. #12


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64

    Prod ID and Prod key


    I never did this before that is why I was confused.
    I hope the prntscrn shows why it is confusing to a non skilled person.
    Thanks again for your help as it saved me a lot of work.
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  3. #13


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


    At one time that screen would show the product code. It did in Windows NT4, Windows 98 to I think. Microsoft changed it up after that. The Product ID, as far as I know will tell Microsoft if its Retail or OEM, Core, Pro or Enterprise, 8 or 8.1 etc. Windows 7's will actually have the letters -OEM- in it if its an OEM install. It might even tell if it was an upgrade install or not. I personally don't know how to decode it, but Microsoft does.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    The main thing is that it shows as activated, and you are good to go.
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  5. #15


    MD
    Posts : 865
    Windows 10 Pro x 64


    I tried thumbs up but it won't work for either of you.
    Although it is unfortunate that it is not a usable key with my dvd, and just a MS id, I understand the logic and will know what to expect in the future. So much for a dvd.
    I am getting a Chromebook for my wife as she is less literate with pcs than me. That way, in the event, she can carry on with a simple machine. I used Chrome, Drive etc. to simulate the Chromebook and it is good for a novice, although quite limited for normal and especially skilled users. A little more useful than a tablet, I think. However, I find Windows fascinating and will keep working with it as long as I can.
    Thank you
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