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Media Center Product Key

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 Professional x64

    Media Center Product Key


    I'm considering reinstalling 8 because of some update issues. The problem is, while I have the original product key, I seem to have lost the Media Center product key. I've already used it on this installation and it changed the OS key to the Media Center key. I'd like to find out what that key is on my computer so I can use it when I reinstall. Any help would be appreciated.

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Chrono,

    You can use any of the programs in the tutorial below to see what your current product key number is in Windows 8. It will be your WMC key since that is what is currently being used.

    Product Key Number for Windows 7 - Find and See - Windows 7 Support Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Windows 8.1 Professional x64


    Thanks, Brink. I'll check it out.
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    You're welcome. Please let us know how it went.
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  5. #5


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    Windows 8.1 Professional x64


    Okay, a bit confused here. The Jelly Bean and Speccy programs both give me the same key, but it's not the same as the one in System, under Current Product Key. The last five characters are different.
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    See what the script in OPTION SIX gives you.

    Is the number it gives you your Windows 8 product key?

    If not, then it should be your WMC key.
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    Windows 8.1 Professional x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    See what the script in OPTION SIX gives you.

    Is the number it gives you your Windows 8 product key?

    If not, then it should be your WMC key.
    It's not my 8 key, so it must be the Media Center key. Not sure why it's different under system. Maybe it does that to throw people off?
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    I'm not sure why either.
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    Windows 8.1 Professional x64


    Well, I reinstalled and tried the media center key that showed up. No go. It won't work. I punched it in multiple times. The last five letters of the product key do show the proper letters of the 8 Pro key in system now, so that's right. I have no idea why the media center key was different and why the one that showed up using that script won't work.
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  10. #10


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    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    I just used those programs and my results are a little different.

    Speecy - wrong key
    ProduKey - wrong key
    VBS Script - wrong key
    Jelly Bean - correct key

    And under System/windows activation it does show the correct last 5 digits.

    Jim
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