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Computer0304

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I was looking around in the control panel and I found the system section. It had a part in it that showed my product key. Is this my actual product key for reinstalling or is it an identifier? I do like it that I can find it on OEM PCs but I don't want people looking through my control panel for it.
 

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owenspal

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What you are seeing is a "product ID" . That is NOT the product key for the OS.
 

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Computer0304

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Does this need to be kept secret? It is blacked out in turtorials with a screenshot of system.
 

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broe23

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Does this need to be kept secret? It is blacked out in tutorials with a screenshot of system.
Yes. Because each key is unique to the install or system. You can use Magic Jelly Bean to pull the key, or Belarc Advisor if needing keys for all installed software.
 

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    Linux Mint 17.2
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Does this need to be kept secret? It is blacked out in turtorials with a screenshot of system.

Product ID: Not necessarily, it is mainly used to obtain/qualify for technical support from Microsoft.

Product Key: Yes, it is the license
for your version of Windows only, not to be shared with others.
(it couldn't be used by others while you're using it anyway but, that's besides the point!)

http://www.eightforums.com/general-support/10837-windows-8-eula.html
 

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Computer0304

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Does this need to be kept secret? It is blacked out in turtorials with a screenshot of system.

Product ID: Not necessarily, it is mainly used to obtain/qualify for technical support from Microsoft.

Product Key: Yes, it is the license
for your version of Windows only, not to be shared with others.
(it couldn't be used by others while you're using it anyway but, that's besides the point!)

http://www.eightforums.com/general-support/10837-windows-8-eula.html
How come PCs preinstalled with Win8 don't come with stickers with the key anymore?
 

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broe23

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Does this need to be kept secret? It is blacked out in turtorials with a screenshot of system.

Product ID: Not necessarily, it is mainly used to obtain/qualify for technical support from Microsoft.

Product Key: Yes, it is the license
for your version of Windows only, not to be shared with others.
(it couldn't be used by others while you're using it anyway but, that's besides the point!)

http://www.eightforums.com/general-support/10837-windows-8-eula.html
How come PCs preinstalled with Win8 don't come with stickers with the key anymore?
Because they wanted the bios to be the key. That was the whole reason going with UEFI. Of course with the correct tools. You can pull that info out of the bios.
 

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    Linux Mint 17.2
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Computer0304

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Is that legal?
 

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    Gateway
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    Manufacturer Gateway Model SX2110G (P0)
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    Type DDR3 Size 8192 MBytes DRAM Frequency 532.3 MHz
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Bookmarked. :D
 

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A new version of the vbs written by Superfly that shows the OEM Product Key too:

EDIT--- for 8.1 not 8. Will post updated version soon. Superfly is working on it.

View attachment ShowKey1.1.vbs

Picture:

screenshot_74.jpg
 
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    System Manufacturer/Model
    Gateway
    CPU
    AMD K140 Cores 2 Threads 2 Name AMD K140 Package Socket FT1 BGA Technology 40nm
    Motherboard
    Manufacturer Gateway Model SX2110G (P0)
    Memory
    Type DDR3 Size 8192 MBytes DRAM Frequency 532.3 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    AMD High Definition Audio Device Realtek High Definition Audio USB Audio Device
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    Name 1950W on AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x76
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    Intel Core 2 Quad/Intel Pentium
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    2GB/4GB
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OEM comes installed from the factory.

If you upgrade the computer, say from the factory installed Windows to another version, that is the new installed key.

8>8 Pro>8.1 Pro, etc.

The 8 is factory OEM. The others each have their own keys.
 

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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Gateway
    CPU
    AMD K140 Cores 2 Threads 2 Name AMD K140 Package Socket FT1 BGA Technology 40nm
    Motherboard
    Manufacturer Gateway Model SX2110G (P0)
    Memory
    Type DDR3 Size 8192 MBytes DRAM Frequency 532.3 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    AMD High Definition Audio Device Realtek High Definition Audio USB Audio Device
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Name 1950W on AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x76
    Screen Resolution
    Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x768 pixels
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    AMD K140
    Cores 2
    Threads 2
    Name AMD K140
    Package Socket FT1 BGA
    Technology 40nm
    Specification AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon HD Graphics
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    Extended Family 14
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    Extended Model 2
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    Revision ON-C0
    Instruction
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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Gateway
    CPU
    AMD K140 Cores 2 Threads 2 Name AMD K140 Package Socket FT1 BGA Technology 40nm
    Motherboard
    Manufacturer Gateway Model SX2110G (P0)
    Memory
    Type DDR3 Size 8192 MBytes DRAM Frequency 532.3 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    AMD High Definition Audio Device Realtek High Definition Audio USB Audio Device
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Name 1950W on AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x76
    Screen Resolution
    Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x768 pixels
    Hard Drives
    AMD K140
    Cores 2
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    Package Socket FT1 BGA
    Technology 40nm
    Specification AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon HD Graphics
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Computer0304

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But if you have a retail version installed, would there be another key for that? My friend wants to know more about how it works.
 

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    Dell Vostro 400/Toshiba Satellite T135
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad/Intel Pentium
    Memory
    2GB/4GB
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    Intel G33/G31 Express
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    Internet Explorer 11/Safari 5/Mozilla Firefox 20
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    Asus G75VW / Z97 Pro
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    Memory
    16 GB Hyundai HTM315156CFR8C-PB PC3-12800
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    nVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M (GF114M)
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    VIA 6.0.10.1600
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My computer came with Windows 8 Core. I upgrade to 8 Pro using the Pro Pack, then installed 8.1 and finally Update 1. ShowKeyv1.2.vbs yields this on my computer:

ShowKeyv1.2.jpg

Both keys are listed.
 

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    Lenovo IdeaCenter K450
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    Lenovo
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    Realtek HD Audio
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    HP h2207
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    [email protected]
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    Windows Defender; MBAM Pro
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    PLDS DVD-RW DH16AERSH

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Gateway
    CPU
    AMD K140 Cores 2 Threads 2 Name AMD K140 Package Socket FT1 BGA Technology 40nm
    Motherboard
    Manufacturer Gateway Model SX2110G (P0)
    Memory
    Type DDR3 Size 8192 MBytes DRAM Frequency 532.3 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    AMD High Definition Audio Device Realtek High Definition Audio USB Audio Device
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Name 1950W on AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x76
    Screen Resolution
    Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x768 pixels
    Hard Drives
    AMD K140
    Cores 2
    Threads 2
    Name AMD K140
    Package Socket FT1 BGA
    Technology 40nm
    Specification AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon HD Graphics
    Family F
    Extended Family 14
    Model 2
    Extended Model 2
    Stepping 0
    Revision ON-C0
    Instruction
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    Opera 24.0
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But if you have a retail version installed, would there be another key for that? My friend wants to know more about how it works.

Ran it on my desktop PC that doesn't have an embedded key and got a "Key not found" for the OEM key and my Media Center key listed for the Installed key.
Ran it on my laptop that does have an embedded key and got that listed for OEM key and my Media Center key listed for the installed key.
I did a clean install of 8.1 Pro on both PC's. The OEM key for my laptop was never used by Windows 8.1. If I hadn't added Media Center I'm sure my Retail TechNet 8.1 Pro key is what would be listed for Installed Key. Your only going to get those two keys listed OEM Key and Installed Key, if that's what your wondering.

EDIT: I just ran it on my wife's laptop. It read out its embedded key for the OEM Key and my TechNet 8.1 Pro Retail key for the Installed Key. A clean install of 8.1 Pro was done on this laptop also. I haven't got around to adding Media Center yet.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
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    Asus
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    AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS M4N68T-M V2 µATX Motherboard
    Memory
    8GB 4GBx2 Kingston PC10600 DDR3 1333 Memory
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    NVIDIA Geforce GT640 2 Gig DDR3 PCIe
    Sound Card
    VIA VT1708s High Definition Audio 8-channel Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    22" LG E2242 1080p and 2 19" I-INC AG191D
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024 - 1920x1080 - 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    Crucial MX100 256 GB SSD and 500 GB WD Blue SATA
    PSU
    Thermaltake TR 620
    Case
    Power Up Black ATX Mid-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Stock heatsink fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless K350 Wave
    Mouse
    Logitech M570 Trackball and T650 TouchPad
    Internet Speed
    80 Mbps Down 30 Mbps Up
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    Internet Explorer 11
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    Windows Defender
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    HP DVD1040e Lightscribe - External USB2

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