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I acquired a new laptop for christmas, and the sytem came with the windows eight OS preinstalled. after a while i made the decision i would like to have a go using a GNU/linux system, so rather shortsightedly i removed the orginal system instead of creating an sda style HDD partition (in my defence, i was a little intoxicated when i made the installation). so, i was just wondering if it was possible to find the product key of the original copy of the windows 8 product key, as i don't really want to spend another £25 on something i don't need.

TL;DR, is there a way of getting the windows 8 product key after replacing it with linux?

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    GNU/linux ubuntu
    Internet Speed
    250kb/s. yeah. i live in a small uk village with phone lines from 1950-something
    Other Info
    it's a toshiba satellite. haven't looked at the other stuff, can't be fagged.


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No need for a product key, when reinstalling a OEM manufacturer's PC.

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We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.

Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

How to make Toshiba Recovery disks.

Toshiba How-To: Understanding Windows 8 system recovery options - YouTube

Toshiba How-To: Create System Recovery Media on a USB Flash Drive - YouTube

Toshiba Satellite Pro C640/C650 with Windows 8, make recovery disc, page 68


My Computer

System One

  • OS
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
    Computer type
    Other Info
    Notebooks x 3

    Desktops x 5

    Towers x 4

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If your computer is new it should have the key stored in its uEFI. All you need is an windows 8 installation disk. If you don’t have one you can find an iso here The Official Windows 8 Repository. When you reinstall the computer will automatically get the key from uEFI. I don't think many new windows computers are shipping with COA's stuck to the bottom.
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro 32 & 64 bit w/ some Linux VMs

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