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Lost windows 8 key

  1. #1


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    windows 8

    Lost windows 8 key


    I have installed windows 8 on a SSD, which has since failed and dead, the data cannot be retrieved. I have by accident, deleted my online windows 8 purchase confirmation email. I even had a screen shot of the key but that is on the failed drive too.

    Is there any way to retrieve the key from Microsoft? I have the transaction on my credit card statement, but I donít recognize any order number either.

    Any suggestions?

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  2. #2


    Try here: Microsoft Support, click on Get live help.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    windows 8


    Solved! You cant retrieve the license key through any online means, but If you call Windows help line, they can resend you purchase confirmation email with license key.

    Information they will ask:
    Full name:
    Order number: if you have one, but not required.
    Email address:
    last 4 digits of credit card:

    Then done.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1
    Desktop


    Install windows 8 from OEM edition. Then windows gets activated if a preinstalled key (windows marker) is available in BIOS.

    PS : OEM edition is a windows 8.x recovery DVD that is generally given by vendor when you bought your PC. I got one which helped me to retrieve my lost windows 8.x key.
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