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Did I replace my original windows 8.1 product key & ID?

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 x64

    Did I replace my original windows 8.1 product key & ID?


    Hi. I think I have replaced my original windows 8.1 64 with a fake one. The scenario of what I did is given below: I purchased a new hp laptop with original windows 8.1 64 preinstalled. I downloaded Microsoft office with toolkit from torrent because I did not want to buy ms office. First I installed the office setup.exe as per instructions. Then I opened the Microsoft toolkit. I had no idea how to use it and there were no instructions on how to use it. I pressed the windows logo instead of the office logo. Then I selected windows 8.1 and I clicked activate, backup, check, check status, etc. I had no idea what I was doing. Now I think I replaced my original windows 8.1 64 with a fake one. I cannot update my windows and it is showing error code 8024402F. Please help me on what to do now. I want my original windows back. How do I retrieve it?

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    Find the Windows 8.1 media creation website. Download the version you need. Install it. Done.
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    You can also download OFFICE from ms website too..

    I used torrent and I have a problem, that is expected outcome..

    You get nothing but problems for free.
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    To answer the OP, yes you did overwrite your key.

    Note to all: Microsoft Toolkit (a.k.a MTK) is not a Microsoft product - it's an exploit to emulate KMS server activation.

    @ihos2, you should uninstall that app. and use this to retrieve your key and use the change product key link in system properties to activate with it.
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    The vast majority of problems I ever experienced on a PC went away when I stopped pirating software, or tried to obtain license keys or key generators.

    When 5 copies of Office 2013 Pro can be had for a $99 yearly subscription to Office 365 live, I simply don't see why people would bother with stealing it anymore. You can go in on a subscription with a friend or 2 and drive your cost down. Microsoft allows you to share the subscription with friends and family. If it's not worth the $99, perhaps you don't need Microsoft Office at all. Try some of the 3rd party office suites, or the Office Web Apps available for free from Microsoft One Drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    The vast majority of problems I ever experienced on a PC went away when I stopped pirating software, or tried to obtain license keys or key generators.

    When 5 copies of Office 2013 Pro can be had for a $99 yearly subscription to Office 365 live, I simply don't see why people would bother with stealing it anymore. You can go in on a subscription with a friend or 2 and drive your cost down. Microsoft allows you to share the subscription with friends and family. If it's not worth the $99, perhaps you don't need Microsoft Office at all. Try some of the 3rd party office suites, or the Office Web Apps available for free from Microsoft One Drive.
    Couldn't agree more ...
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    To answer the OP, yes you did overwrite your key.

    Note to all: Microsoft Toolkit (a.k.a MTK) is not a Microsoft product - it's an exploit to emulate KMS server activation.

    @ihos2, you should uninstall that app. and use this to retrieve your key and use the change product key link in system properties to activate with it.
    Hi everyone,
    Thanks for your support.
    @Superfly , Thanks for your support. I have another query. After I did the Microsoft Toolkit accident, I noticed that my windows was still showing ACTIVATED with a Product ID (lot of 0 and few A) & written Windows 8.1. Now, I cannot remember what was the product key written when I first purchased it.
    Today, I used reset PC to factory settings How to refresh, reset, or restore your PC - Windows Help in order to retrieve back to the original windows. This removed all the files. However, after resetting was done, I checked the system information page again and found the same - showing same ACTIVATED with same Product ID (lot of 0 and few A & numbers) & written Windows 8.1.
    Can you tell me why the product ID is still the same? Shouldn't resetting PC revert back the windows to the original version using the Recovery D: Drive? Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ihos2 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    To answer the OP, yes you did overwrite your key.

    Note to all: Microsoft Toolkit (a.k.a MTK) is not a Microsoft product - it's an exploit to emulate KMS server activation.

    @ihos2, you should uninstall that app. and use this to retrieve your key and use the change product key link in system properties to activate with it.
    Hi everyone,
    Thanks for your support.
    @Superfly , Thanks for your support. I have another query. After I did the Microsoft Toolkit accident, I noticed that my windows was still showing ACTIVATED with a Product ID (lot of 0 and few A) & written Windows 8.1. Now, I cannot remember what was the product key written when I first purchased it.
    Today, I used reset PC to factory settings How to refresh, reset, or restore your PC - Windows Help in order to retrieve back to the original windows. This removed all the files. However, after resetting was done, I checked the system information page again and found the same - showing same ACTIVATED with same Product ID (lot of 0 and few A & numbers) & written Windows 8.1.
    Can you tell me why the product ID is still the same? Shouldn't resetting PC revert back the windows to the original version using the Recovery D: Drive? Thanks.
    ProductID's all have AAxxx - if its your OEM key that is installed it will say -AAOEM. Otherwise it will be AAxxx (other key installed) - best to do a diagnostic report.

    I cannot comment without knowing some technical info from that. There are too many variables at play to pin-point a specific cause.
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    The Product ID shown on the system screen is not your Product Code. These are two very different codes. Just so you know.
    Product Key - Find for Windows 8

    Also, Forum Rules - Please Read!
    (4) No piracy or discussion of piracy allowed at all. Such as software, music, videos and other intellectual property violations (e.g. downloading youtube videos locally etc).
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