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Two Computers and Two Product Keys

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1

    Two Computers and Two Product Keys


    I have two computers with two Windows 8 Product keys. Since I have installed them back in 2012, I have forgot which one goes to which computer. I have tried using various software to retrieve the product key. However, the key I got was the upgrade key for the Media Center (not the one I used to install Windows 8).

    Is there any method I can actually match the Windows 8 product key to the right computer?

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Ladashea, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If these are PCs that came with Windows 8 preinstalled, then the original product key will be stored in your motherboard's UEFI/BIOS firmware, and will automatically be detected when reinstalling Windows.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1


    Both versions are retail upgrade.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    In that case, it doesn't matter as long as one product key is only activated on one computer at the same time, and removed on any others.

    If it doesn't activate online normally, then you could activate by phone instead.

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
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