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Product Key - Find for Windows 8

  1. #10


    Posts : 30
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64-bit


    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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  2. #11


    Posts : 22,536
    64-bit Windows 10


    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
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  3. #12


    Posts : 30
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64-bit


    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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  4. #13


    Posts : 22,536
    64-bit Windows 10


    Correct, and afterwards you could add the WMC Pack with it's key again.
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  5. #14


    Posts : 30
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64-bit


    Thats good enough thanks for the info! This time ill note down which keys belong to the computer
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  6. #15


    Posts : 22,536
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome. Please let us know how it went.
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  7. #16


    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
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  8. #17


    Posts : 22,536
    64-bit Windows 10


    Glad it could help TM.
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  9. #18


    Posts : 165
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by carlos28355 View Post
    Any idea how I can find out which Windows key it is
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    The Windows 8.1 key was replaced with the WMP pack key when it was added.
    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoMage View Post
    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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  10. #19


    Posts : 30
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    You're welcome. Please let us know how it went.
    Everything seemed to work well with the keys. Thanks
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