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Product Key - Find for Windows 8


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Product Key - Find for Windows 8
This tutorial will show you how to find your Windows 8 and 8.1 product key from within Windows 8, a Windows 8 retail box, or online order confirmation email.
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How to Find Your Windows 8 and 8.1 Product Key Number
Synopsis
This tutorial will show you how to find your Windows 8 and 8.1 product key from within Windows 8, a Windows 8 retail box, or online order confirmation email.
How to Find Your Windows 8 and 8.1 Product Key Number

information   Information
The Windows 8 product key is a sequence of 25 letters and numbers divided into 5 groups of 5 characters each (ex: XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX) that is used to activate either the 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 8 edition that you purchased and installing.

OEM PCs that come with Windows 8 or Windows RT preinstalled stores and encrypts the product key in the uEFI or BIOS firmware chip now. The product key is no longer on the COA sticker to help prevent theft. Whenever you need to reset or reinstall the same Windows 8 on your OEM PC, the product key will automatically be applied and activated.

When installing a retail (upgrade) or system builder copy of Windows 8 on a PC, you must enter your product key to continue the installation and automatically activate.

Windows 8 Enterprise does not require you to enter a product key during installation. You will have a free 90-day evaluation period before you must change the product key to be able to enter your volume license product key and activate Windows 8 Enterprise.


This tutorial will show you how to find your Windows 8 product key from within Windows 8, a Windows 8 retail box, or online order confirmation email.

Note   Note
For more information about a Windows 8 product key, see: What is a product key?

For more information about the Windows 8 EULA, see: Windows 8 EULA

For more information about what to look for with genuine Windows 8, see: How to Tell

A Windows 8 Media Center Pack or Windows 8 Pro Pack product key will not activate Windows 8. Instead you must install and activate Windows 8 with your Windows 8 product key, then add Media Center back with it's product key.

Tip   Tip
A Product Key and Product ID are two completely different things, despite the similarity of the terms.

The 25 character Product ID is created during the installation process and is prominently displayed under the Windows activation section at the bottom of the Control Panel (icons view) -> System window. It is used to obtain/qualify for technical support from Microsoft; it is of no use during the installation process.

The 25 character Product Key is used to "prove" ownership of a legitimate license and is required to perform the installation to activate Windows with.

CONTENTS:

  • Option One: Find Windows 8 and 8.1 Product Key from Online Purchase Confirmation Email
  • Option Two: Find Windows 8 and 8.1 Product Key in Retail Box
  • Option Three: Find Windows 8 and 8.1 Product Key with "Belarc Advisor"
  • Option Four: Find Windows 8 and 8.1 Product Key with "ProduKey"
  • Option Five: Find Retail and OEM Windows 8 and 8.1 Product Key with "ShowKey" Script
  • Option Six: Find Retail and OEM Windows 8 and 8.1 Product Key with "ShowKeyPlus" program
  • Option Seven: Find OEM Windows 8 and 8.1 Product Key from UEFI with Command Prompt
  • Option Eight: Find OEM Windows 8 and 8.1 Product Key with "Windows OEM Product Key Tool"





OPTION ONE
Find Windows 8 and 8.1 Product Key from Online Purchase Confirmation Email


Note   Note
When you order and download Windows 8 online from either the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant, Add Features to Windows 8, or online retailer, you will get a confirmation email that contains your order details and product key.

It is highly recommended that you print out this order confirmation email and place it in a safe place to have available for whenever you may need it.

1. Check your email for this confirmation email, and open it. You will see your Windows 8 product key towards the top like in my emails below.​
NOTE: If you do not see it, then check your spam or junk inbox and filters to see if it may have been blocked.​
Windows-8_Online_Order_Confirmation_Email.jpg
Add_Features_Email_Confirmation.jpeg




OPTION TWO
Find Windows 8 and 8.1 Product Key in Retail Box


Note   Note
A Windows 8 retail box contains a welcome card, separate 32-bit and 64-bit setup discs, and a card containing your product key.

1. Open your purchased Windows 8 retail box, and look for the card that contains your Windows 8 product key. (see screenshots below)​
Windows_8_Retail_Box-1.jpg
Windows_8_Retail_Box-2.jpg
Windows_8_Retail_Box-3.jpg





OPTION THREE
Find Windows 8 and 8.1 Product Key with "Belarc Advisor"


Note   Note
You must be signed in as an administrator to run this program. This program will not find the product key of Windows 8 Enterprise since it's a volume license.

1. If you have not already, download and install the free Belarc Advisor program.​
2. Run the program. When it displays the results in your default web browser, scroll down until you see your Windows 8 product key like below.​
Belarc_Advisor.jpg






OPTION FOUR
Find Windows 8 and 8.1 Product Key with "ProduKey"


Note   Note
You must be signed in as an administrator to run this program. This program will not find the product key of Windows 8 Enterprise since it's a volume license.

1. If you have not already, download the same 32-bit or 64-bit ZIP version of the free Produkey program as your 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 8.​
NOTE: This program is a standalone .exe file that will not install anything on your PC.​
2. Run the program. When it displays the results, you will see your Windows 8 product key like below.​
ProduKey.jpg





OPTION FIVE
Find Retail and OEM Windows 8 and 8.1 Product Key with "ShowKey" Script


Note   Note
You must be signed in as an administrator to run this .vbs file.

This .vbs file will not find the product key of Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise since it's a volume license.


1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the ShowKey_v1.3.vbs file.​
NOTE: This script is a standalone .vbs file that will not install anything on your PC.​
download

2. Run the script. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes to approve.​
3. When it displays the results, you will see your Windows 8 product key like below.​
Note   Note
Installed Key = Product key that Windows is currently activated with.
Note   Note

OEM Key = Product key embedded in the UEFI firmware that came with the PC.​
Showkey.png

4. If you like, click/tap on Yes, to save your Windows product key information to a .txt file at the same location you ran the .vbs file from.​
Showkey_save-to-file.jpg







OPTION SIX
Find Retail and OEM Windows 8 and 8.1 Product Key with "ShowKeyPlus" program

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OPTION SEVEN
Find OEM Windows 8 and 8.1 Product Key from UEFI with Command Prompt


NOTE: You must be signed in as an administrator to do this option.
2. Copy and paste the command below into the command prompt, and press Enter.​

Code:
powershell "(Get-WmiObject -query ‘select * from SoftwareLicensingService’).OA3xOriginalProductKey"
OEM_Windows_8_Key.png






OPTION EIGHT
Find OEM Windows 8 and 8.1 Product Key with "Windows OEM Product Key Tool"


NOTE: You must be signed in as an administrator to run this program.
1. Go to the NeoSmart site below to download and run the OEMKey.exe file for the Windows OEM Product Key Tool.​

Note   Note
You do not need to enter your name and email to download this program at NeoSmart. It's optional.
Note   Note

Windows_OEM_Product_Key_Tool.png





That's it,
Shawn


 
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#2
Show Key VBS

This VBS script works for me.
It only shows the present key.
I have my OEM key & Pro key.
This shows my PRO key.
If this is of no interest, please delete.

View attachment ShowKey.vbs
 

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Thank you David. I added the ShowKey.vbs file as OPTION FIVE in the tutorial. :)
 

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#4
Thank you David. I added the ShowKey.vbs file as OPTION FIVE in the tutorial. :)
I hope someone finds it useful.
 

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    Motherboard
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#5
Hey Sean,

This Tutorial is how I found my windows product key, and thanks!

Do you know how I can find my WMP product key? I tried going to the MS website, but it didn't show it as a purchase for some reason (or, obviously, list the Product Key). I used the upgrade back when it was discounted from a windows 7 install.

The reason is, I would like to have WMP installed on 8.1 after I upgrade to the final from the preview, through the store. I foolishly thought 8.1 preview was able to be uninstalled back when I installed it. And I am having problems locating the key.
Thanks!
 

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Hello Dusty,

If you mean the key for the Windows 8 Media Center Pack, then unless you have the email or a print out of the invoice, you may have lost it for good.

If you know the order number, then you can get the key directly at this link: https://www.mswos.com/

If you have the proof of purchase for the Windows 8 Media Center Pack, then the Microsoft Store Support Team may be able to help you in recovering the product key for the product that you have purchased. You can contact the Microsoft Store Support Team from this link:

Microsoft Store Support

Hope this helps. :)
 

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DustSailor

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#7
^ Yes, that is what I meant. Unfortunately, I had no success in locating such an email (I should have saved but must not have). I will say that I hadn't used it very often, but it was nice to have in case I ever did (and I had used it in the past).

Oh well, best pay more attention in the future. Thanks.
 

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#8
Sorry to hear that mate. :(
 

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    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
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    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
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    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
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DustSailor

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#9
Great news Brink. Just updated to 8.1, it didn't ask for Product key (used the one already in activation), and installed media Center as well. This is a good note for anyone who was having a similar problem as I did.
 

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    Motherboard
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#10
I'm happy to hear the update went well. :)
 

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    64-bit Windows 10
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    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
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#11
I have two computers with Windows 8.1 currently. I purchased both keys online back when they were 39.99$ each. Then purchased the WMP pack for 9.99$ and I think i got the first media pack for free actually. I have all 4 printouts of each key. Again 2 windows 8 keys and 2 media keys. The problem is i foolishly did not label which key is for which computer. I need for reinstall Windows on one of them and I dont know which key is what. I used Belarc and Produkey and they both show me the same key. However that key is one of the Media pack keys not the actual Windows key. Any idea how I can find out which Windows key it is or can I reinstall using the media key? Thanks
 

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#12
Hello Carlos,

The Windows 8.1 key was replaced with the WMP pack key when it was added.

You should be able to enter either of the Windows 8.1 keys during the reinstall. If it won't activate for you, then use the other key. When finished installing, you could use "Add Features to Windows 8.1" with the same WMP key to add it back.

Hope this helps, :)
Shawn
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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#13
Hey Brink thanks for writing back so soon. So basically if it doesn't activate then that's because its the wrong key and just use the other and we should be all good?
 

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  • OS
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    CPU
    AMD Phenom X4 9600 Black Edition
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-US2H
    Memory
    8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 401MHz (5-5-5-15)
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#14
Correct, and afterwards you could add the WMC Pack with it's key again.
 

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System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
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#15
Thats good enough thanks for the info! This time ill note down which keys belong to the computer :doh:
 

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You're welcome. Please let us know how it went. :)
 

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#17
I downloaded 'showkey.vbs' while on XP-Pro, so I ran it and sho' nuff' it did show me the Registration Key for XP.

I'll use it the next time I visit an OLD customer of mine, who recently bought a Gateway Mini desktop PC, with Window 8 on it.

Nowhere on the case, in the case or on any of the documentation that came with the PC, is any trace of the Registration Key, that we're used to seeing on every new PC, since.......well, a long time ago.

Thanks for that little Script. It will come in handy.

Happy 2014!

TM :cool:
 

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Glad it could help TM. :)
 

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#19
Any idea how I can find out which Windows key it is
The Windows 8.1 key was replaced with the WMP pack key when it was added.
I downloaded 'showkey.vbs'
  • Make a copy of ShowKey.vbs
  • It's a text file - so open with notpad
  • Modify 2. line:
    Key = "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\DefaultProductKey\"
  • Delete line which starts with:
    ProductName = ...
  • Save changes and run this modified script.
It should show the Windows 8 backup key when MWC key has overwritten the Windows 8 key.
 

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