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Problem with Product key on Laptop?

  1. #11


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Run this vbs script to get your Product ID & Product Key:

    ShowKey.vbs

    You'll get this popup:

    Click image for larger version

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  2. #12


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    You don't need to know the product key on OEM PC's with Windows 8 preinstalled. The product key is embedded in the BIOS and any official Windows 8 install media will read it automatically. The tricky part is getting the install media. I did a clean install of Windows 8 on my ASUS laptop and the product key was auto detected and the matching version, 8 core was installed. Activated online no problem. It shipped with 8 core preinstalled and that is what the product code is good for. There is no COA sticker as its not required.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 165
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Run this vbs script to get your Product ID & Product Key:
    If you have installed "Windows 8 Pro with Media Center" then your script shows the "Windows 8 Pro with Media Center" key - right. But with "Windows 8 pro with Media Center" key you can not install "Windows 8 Pro". And normal, unmodified ISOs doesn't include "Windows 8 Pro with Media Center" - only "Windows 8" and "Windows 8 Pro".
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  4. #14


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by NiFu View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Run this vbs script to get your Product ID & Product Key:
    If you have installed "Windows 8 Pro with Media Center" then your script shows the "Windows 8 Pro with Media Center" key - right. But with "Windows 8 pro with Media Center" key you can not install "Windows 8 Pro". And normal, unmodified ISOs doesn't include "Windows 8 Pro with Media Center" - only "Windows 8" and "Windows 8 Pro".
    Yes, that script shows the Product Key that the PC is currently activated with. In my case it shows my Media Center key. And yes, you can't install 8 Pro with Media Center from official install media. Only 8 core and 8 Pro are supported. Your Media Center key will be refused. You have to enter an 8 core or 8 Pro key. In my case 8 core is installed by default because of my embedded key. I don't get an option to enter a key. I then upgrade to Pro though "Add Features", and then do it again to get to 8 Pro with Media Center. As I mentioned earlier, if your PC has an embedded code there is no need to run that script. Not unless you have upgraded and forgotten the code used to do it.
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  5. #15


    North Wales
    Posts : 449
    Win7 64-bit and Win8 32-bit in VM (+ others in VM)


    Quote Originally Posted by robinb9 View Post
    what i do not understand is how you could buy a laptop and not get the product key? it normally is on the underneath part of the laptop. Go back to where you bought it and demand the key.
    Windows 8 does NOT have a product Key on the laptop, as it's stored in the BIOS along with the SLIC table. The OS reads both, and activates accordingly.
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