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identifying the key on win 8 motherboard with showkey

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    identifying the key on win 8 motherboard with showkey


    hello, I have offered to try and get windows 8 back on a computer which has a failed hard drive. I have a new hard drive to put in and I have got the win 8.1.iso on a dvd. I think it will want me to put the PID in, which I cannot do. Someone on here pointed me to a little visual basic script called 'showkey', which I have downloaded,but I have no idea how I am to implement it and cannot find any instructions on web - can you help please?

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    Windows 10


    How to clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key? -> link

    Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help

    This new Windows 8.1 installation media also accepts Windows 8 product key. Also the UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8 product key is automatically detected.

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    Last edited by genet; 17 Dec 2014 at 19:07. Reason: typo
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    windows 7


    I didn't need it
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