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Windows 8.1 activation problem in my laptop

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    Windows 8.1

    Windows 8.1 activation problem in my laptop


    My Laptop HP Envy 4-1212tu had preinstalled windows8 (windows8 sticker is in the back of the laptop). For some reasons the hard disk was formatted and there is no recovery now. I've installed windows8.1 (downloaded from internet) it doesn't activate.
    I followed the tutorial option 1 Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create and download the windows8.1 pro using the media creation tool. I've created bootable USB using this iso. When I start installing the windows it prompt for a product key. But it should automatically get the product key from may laptop's BOIS. What should I do now?

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    Assuming you have the blue sticker, it should not promt for the key... otherwise it could be core, single language or Bing edition...

    Run Showkey (option 5) and let me know the first 4 digits of the OEM Product ID (NOT the key) to check the edition of that key.

    EDIT: Sorry just realised that version of Showkey does not have the OEM PID .. you will have to use thisto enter the key to get the PID.
    (I'll work on updating Showkey in the meantime)
    Last edited by Superfly; 17 Mar 2015 at 08:33.
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    Posts : 14
    Windows 8.1


    Product ID: 00260-

    The script shows the OEM key. If I use this product key while installing the windows8.1, shouldn't it work?
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Very few windows 8 installs are Pro version - most are Core - Windows 8.1

    That is a product ID not a product key..

    I would think you need windows 8.1 - not windows 8.1 pro

    or you could have a single language version
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    Looks like a Pro retail key... actually forgot about the leading zeros - what are the following two digits?
    You try can this version as well to get pid.
    Last edited by Superfly; 17 Mar 2015 at 06:54. Reason: linked wrong version
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    Posts : 14
    Windows 8.1


    Media creation tool gave me option of downloading win8.1 pro along with win8.1 and some others. How can I be confirmed which version is required for my laptop?
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    The script shows the OEM key of my Laptop. If I use this product key while installing the windows8.1, shouldn't it work?
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    Only if it'd meant for the edition you are installing... .

    The script only grabs the current key's PID not the OEM's -
    See what pid you get from the version I linked to - I updated this version to show the edition as well.
    Last edited by Superfly; 17 Mar 2015 at 08:34. Reason: version to show OEM key edition
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    Posts : 14
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    See what pid you get from the version I linked to - I updated the new version to show both.
    Which one?
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    See my previous post - try this...
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    Posts : 14
    Windows 8.1


    Okay got it.
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    Which version should I install?
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