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Problem with Product key on Laptop?

Dragu

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Hello,

To start things off I recently purchased a Lenovo Y500 and just can't stand the pre-installed programs and setup.

The problem is there's no product key on the back of the laptop, or in the manuals I got with it.

People suggested me using a keyfinder to get my Product key, but a lot of people say that the product key used is a manufacturer key which is useless when installing a fresh version of windows.

Does anybody know if I'ld have to purchase another product key or if using a keyfinder would actually work?

Thanks for helping!
 

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Dragu

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If you're going to install anything other than what came with your laptop, you will need to purchase a new key. If you plan on re-installing the factory image, you can recover the key with Belarc...

Belarc Advisor - Free Personal PC Audit, for software, hardware and security configuration information on your computer. Software license management, IT asset management, cyber security audits, and more.

My laptop came with windows 8 and a bunch of programms nobody uses pre installed.

So if I recover the key it will work when installing windows 8 again, or did I missunderstand that?
 

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Phone Man

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The key should be embedded in the Bios and if you install the same version of Windows then it should read the key and activate. If you install a different version then you need a new key.

Jim :cool:
 

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robinb9

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what i do not understand is how you could buy a laptop and not get the product key? it normally is on the underneath part of the laptop. Go back to where you bought it and demand the key.
 

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Dragu

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what i do not understand is how you could buy a laptop and not get the product key? it normally is on the underneath part of the laptop. Go back to where you bought it and demand the key.
I bought it from amazon so I don't really know where to demand my key...
 

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Did you run Decrapifier? What were the results?
 

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DavidY

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what i do not understand is how you could buy a laptop and not get the product key? it normally is on the underneath part of the laptop.
I don't think this is true on PCs with Windows 8 pre-installed by the OEM. The key is baked into the BIOS so there's no need for a sticker as you should never need to type it in.
 

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Phone Man

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what i do not understand is how you could buy a laptop and not get the product key? it normally is on the underneath part of the laptop.
I don't think this is true on PCs with Windows 8 pre-installed by the OEM. The key is baked into the BIOS so there's no need for a sticker as you should never need to type it in.

:ditto:

Jim :cool:
 

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    AMD Phenom II X6 1100T
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    ASUS M5A99X EVO
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    Crucial Balistic DDR-3 1866 CL 9 (8 GB)
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alphanumeric

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You don't need to know the product key on OEM PC's with Windows 8 preinstalled. The product key is embedded in the BIOS and any official Windows 8 install media will read it automatically. The tricky part is getting the install media. I did a clean install of Windows 8 on my ASUS laptop and the product key was auto detected and the matching version, 8 core was installed. Activated online no problem. It shipped with 8 core preinstalled and that is what the product code is good for. There is no COA sticker as its not required.
 

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NiFu

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Run this vbs script to get your Product ID & Product Key:
If you have installed "Windows 8 Pro with Media Center" then your script shows the "Windows 8 Pro with Media Center" key - right. But with "Windows 8 pro with Media Center" key you can not install "Windows 8 Pro". And normal, unmodified ISOs doesn't include "Windows 8 Pro with Media Center" - only "Windows 8" and "Windows 8 Pro".
 

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Run this vbs script to get your Product ID & Product Key:
If you have installed "Windows 8 Pro with Media Center" then your script shows the "Windows 8 Pro with Media Center" key - right. But with "Windows 8 pro with Media Center" key you can not install "Windows 8 Pro". And normal, unmodified ISOs doesn't include "Windows 8 Pro with Media Center" - only "Windows 8" and "Windows 8 Pro".

Yes, that script shows the Product Key that the PC is currently activated with. In my case it shows my Media Center key. And yes, you can't install 8 Pro with Media Center from official install media. Only 8 core and 8 Pro are supported. Your Media Center key will be refused. You have to enter an 8 core or 8 Pro key. In my case 8 core is installed by default because of my embedded key. I don't get an option to enter a key. I then upgrade to Pro though "Add Features", and then do it again to get to 8 Pro with Media Center. As I mentioned earlier, if your PC has an embedded code there is no need to run that script. Not unless you have upgraded and forgotten the code used to do it.
 

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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
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    Kerry Waterfield
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    Asus
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    AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz
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    ASUS M4N68T-M V2 µATX Motherboard
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    8GB 4GBx2 Kingston PC10600 DDR3 1333 Memory
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    NVIDIA Geforce GT640 2 Gig DDR3 PCIe
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    VIA VT1708s High Definition Audio 8-channel Onboard
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    22" LG E2242 1080p and 2 19" I-INC AG191D
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    1280x1024 - 1920x1080 - 1280x1024
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    Crucial MX100 256 GB SSD and 500 GB WD Blue SATA
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    Thermaltake TR 620
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    Power Up Black ATX Mid-Tower Case
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    Stock heatsink fan
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    Logitech Wireless K350 Wave
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    80 Mbps Down 30 Mbps Up
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    Internet Explorer 11
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NoelDP

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what i do not understand is how you could buy a laptop and not get the product key? it normally is on the underneath part of the laptop. Go back to where you bought it and demand the key.

Windows 8 does NOT have a product Key on the laptop, as it's stored in the BIOS along with the SLIC table. The OS reads both, and activates accordingly.
 

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