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Problem with Product key on Laptop?

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    Windows 8 64-Bit

    Problem with Product key on Laptop?


    Hello,

    To start things off I recently purchased a Lenovo Y500 and just can't stand the pre-installed programs and setup.

    The problem is there's no product key on the back of the laptop, or in the manuals I got with it.

    People suggested me using a keyfinder to get my Product key, but a lot of people say that the product key used is a manufacturer key which is useless when installing a fresh version of windows.

    Does anybody know if I'ld have to purchase another product key or if using a keyfinder would actually work?

    Thanks for helping!

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    Posts : 279
    64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro


    If you're going to install anything other than what came with your laptop, you will need to purchase a new key. If you plan on re-installing the factory image, you can recover the key with Belarc...

    Belarc Advisor - Free Personal PC Audit, for software, hardware and security configuration information on your computer. Software license management, IT asset management, cyber security audits, and more.
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8 64-Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Tews View Post
    If you're going to install anything other than what came with your laptop, you will need to purchase a new key. If you plan on re-installing the factory image, you can recover the key with Belarc...

    Belarc Advisor - Free Personal PC Audit, for software, hardware and security configuration information on your computer. Software license management, IT asset management, cyber security audits, and more.
    My laptop came with windows 8 and a bunch of programms nobody uses pre installed.

    So if I recover the key it will work when installing windows 8 again, or did I missunderstand that?
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    64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro


    Before deciding to do a clean install, PC decrapifier might be an easier way to get rid of the bloatware that comes pre-installed on your laptop. Try it out, then if you decide to re install Windows 8 we'll go from there..

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


    The key should be embedded in the Bios and if you install the same version of Windows then it should read the key and activate. If you install a different version then you need a new key.

    Jim
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    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.
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    Windows 8 64-Bit


    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.
    I bought it from amazon so I don't really know where to demand my key...
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    64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro


    Did you run Decrapifier? What were the results?
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    Windows 8.1, 10


    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.
    I don't think this is true on PCs with Windows 8 pre-installed by the OEM. The key is baked into the BIOS so there's no need for a sticker as you should never need to type it in.
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    Covington, La
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    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    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.
    I don't think this is true on PCs with Windows 8 pre-installed by the OEM. The key is baked into the BIOS so there's no need for a sticker as you should never need to type it in.


    Jim
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