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No Product key on new Windows 8 Computers

  1. #11


    Posts : 6
    win 8.1 pro 64bit with media centre


    Oh -I shutup then:

    only trying to help
    Last edited by mblack; 14 Nov 2012 at 18:43.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    It will be on the pack if you bought the os as a boxed product.

    That is not what the thread is about.

    It seems that for those who buy a machine with win8 pre installed - there is no product key on the box, on the machine, or anywhere to be seen.

    Different thing.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 6
    win 8.1 pro 64bit with media centre


    For the one's that has the dvd to install windows 8 pro

    if you cannot find the serial number - i'll tell you where to find it.

    1. keep the sleeve that the dvd came in - you will need it - (clue )
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  4. #14


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    They are making our life ever more difficult. Changing a mobo on an OEM installation will probably deactivate Windows 8.
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    The only query here is that if you have an OEM MOBO and you need to replace the CPU on it or swap it for a faster cpu -- is this technically a new computer or just a "Repair" job. (Assuming a desktop type machine not a laptop).

    Cheers
    jimbo
    The new OEM activation is done on a hardware generated hash (not just the MB/bios) as changing the main drive ( after copying the OS) will break activation. A repair by OEM will allow them to reactivate the OS, as the hash will be updated and approved, and then submitted to MS OEM activation service.

    This does however bring up upgrade issues, as changing main hardware breaks activation on OEM unless done by the OEM system maker.......

    According to MS if you change something that is not a OEM action (repair etc) it becomes a new PC.

    Of course this does not apply to retail.

    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    They are making our life ever more difficult. Changing a mobo on an OEM installation will probably deactivate Windows 8.
    It has been like that for years (oem slic bios)
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  6. #16


    Posts : 27
    windows 7


    this is an old thread, but my question is relevant. The drive has failed on a Win 8 OEM computer and we have been asked to put a new one in - the owners have no Win 8 disk, and of course the recovery partition is on the old one. Do they need to buy a new copy of Win 8 as well as a new drive?
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  7. #17


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    You will need the installation media, then the installation is successful.

    Take a look at this post: How to clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key?
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