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Finding Original Win 8 Pro Key after Media Center Upgrade

  1. #1


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro

    Finding Original Win 8 Pro Key after Media Center Upgrade


    Here's the problem:

    I purchased two Windows 8 Pro Keys from Microsoft, one for myself and one for a laptop I sold. Unfortunately, after I upgraded to Windows Media Center, I lost track of which key belongs to my laptop. Since a new key was generated for my installation with Media Center, I have no idea how to determine which original key belongs to my laptop. Any ideas on how to determine the original key would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  2. #2


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


    Try this vbs script---

    ShowKey v1.3.vbs

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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Try this vbs script---

    ShowKey v1.3.vbs

    Click image for larger version
    Thank you, David Bailey! I'll try it and post the result. Much appreciated!
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  4. #4


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro


    It didn't yield any keys. Is there a possibility that I ran the vbs script incorrectly?

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  5. #5


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


    Try these---

    ShowKey v1.2.vbs

    ShowKey v1.4.vbs

    Download & click Properties & unblock.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Try these---

    ShowKey v1.2.vbs

    ShowKey v1.4.vbs

    Download & click Properties & unblock.
    Click image for larger version
    Thank you, David Bailey. Unfortunately, ShowKey v1.2.vbs & ShowKey v1.3.vbs were able to pull up the current key, but not my original Windows 8 Pro key.
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  7. #7


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


    Quote Originally Posted by windows10 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Try these---

    ShowKey v1.2.vbs

    ShowKey v1.4.vbs

    Download & click Properties & unblock.
    Click image for larger version
    Thank you, David Bailey. Unfortunately, ShowKey v1.2.vbs & ShowKey v1.3.vbs were able to pull up the current key, but not my original Windows 8 Pro key.
    Ack !.

    Sorry for the failure to help.
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  8. #8


    If you upgrade like this core-->pro-->prowmc then your pro key is gone.
    However if you innstalled pro then upgraded to prowmc use Windows 9 Product Key Viewer click IE KEY option.

    Windows Product Key Viewer - Download - CHIP
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  9. #9


    Contact Microsoft, they may be able to help.
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