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How do I get Windows 8 Embedded key from Windows 7?

  1. #1


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    Windows 7

    How do I get Windows 8 Embedded key from Windows 7?


    When I bought my Dell Vostro 2420, It is installed copyright Windows 8, but now I install Windows 7.I want to give my roommate the embedded key in my laptop.So how do I get it? I used KeyFinder on Windows 7 but I can't get the key? Will I have to install Windows 8 on another Disk? When install can I get the key from "Enter Product Key" period?
    Thank you very much!

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    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    The key is embedded in the BIOS it is only good with that computer/motherboard so when you reinstall or upgrade to 8.1 then 8,.1 update you don't have to keep reentering it . It is absolutely not transferable just like all OEM keys. See this article at cnet.
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    Posts : 20
    Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    The key is embedded in the BIOS it is only good with that computer/motherboard so when you reinstall or upgrade to 8.1 then 8,.1 update you don't have to keep reentering it . It is absolutely not transferable just like all OEM keys. See this article at cnet.
    I won't install Windows 8 or 8.1 on my laptop to use.I just want to get key and then format disk. The product key is normal with my roommate?
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    You can't transfer an embedded key to any other machine.
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    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    https://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/ Will find the key, but your roommate will not be able to use as it is an OEM Key, only retail keys can be transfered
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  6. #6


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


    You can use this vbs script to find your OEM & installed keys---

    ShowKey v1.3.vbs

    Good luck.
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    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    That works too... And saves the text file to your desktop..
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  8. #8


    An unused OEM key may telephone activate on another machine but this will contravene the EULA - run it by your OEM first to get permission to do so.

    BTW for OEM keys, Showkey v1.3 targets Windows 8.1 - for Windows 7 use this version.


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  9. #9



    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,288
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    From one of Brink´s tutorials: elevated command prompt
    Code:
    powershell "(Get-WmiObject -query ‘select * from SoftwareLicensingService’).OA3xOriginalProductKey"
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