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How do I find out what version of Win 8 to install?

  1. #1


    Irvine, CA
    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64

    How do I find out what version of Win 8 to install?


    Hi everybody!

    I have a laptop with a bad hard drive. So I'm putting a new SSD in it. But as we all know, they don't put a Windows sticker with OS version and product key anymore.

    How can I find out what version of Windows 8 or 8.1 to install?

    How can I find the Windows 8/8.1 product key without having Windows currently installed or having the sticker?

    Is there a way to extract the encrypted key from the UEFI without having the OS currently installed?

    Thanks for your help!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10
    Last edited by genet; 13 Nov 2014 at 16:14.
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  3. #3


    Irvine, CA
    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64


    Excellent advice! Thank you.


    Where do I find a Windows 8.1 (core) generic product key? ...What is that?
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  4. #4


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

    Find Product key


    Download & run this vbs script if your computer still works to find your keys---

    ShowKey v1.3.vbs

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  5. #5


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by snortastic View Post
    Where do I find a Windows 8.1 (core) generic product key? ...What is that?
    Take a look at this post: How to clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key?
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