Will the windows 8 key work after reinstall

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by neetaiphone, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. neetaiphone

    neetaiphone MDL Novice

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    Hi my friend just brought a HP laptop which has windows 8 pre installed but the problem is no key is mentioned on the back of laptop. So I was wondering if she ever has to reinstall the operating system how will she do it she does not even have the key so do we legally own the OS or not. :nono2: I am a bit confused here.
     
  2. NICK@NUMBER11

    NICK@NUMBER11 MDL Expert

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    run this app to find the key

    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/30363-Windows-8-Product-Key-Viewer

     
  3. murphy78

    murphy78 MDL DISM Enthusiast

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    They store the key in the bios now.
    I think some bioses encrypt the key, but it's not important as there are a few ways to find the key using programs.
    Nick just listed one. Another would be to use Advanced Tokens Manager from joshcellsoftwares project here on MDL.
    It saves your activation data, but also creates config file that lists the key in text format, so it's good for backing up your old activation before formatting.

    When you run win8 setup, it should automatically pull up the key in the bios provided it does not have an added ei.cfg
     
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  4. Humphrey

    Humphrey MDL Expert

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    #4 Humphrey, Aug 8, 2013
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    Honestly you just need to either download a MSDN Windows 8 iso and boot to it and it will pull your key and install the correct version for you or use the OEM dvd you got with the computer if you did get one.. Only need to get the key encase on the rare event happens and it ask for the key.
     
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  5. Yen

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    How to read it directly from the ACPITable, it is stored in clear text:
    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/29789-RW-Everything-Latest-News "How to get OEM serial from MSDM table"

    I suggest to write it down in case of the OPs mobo dies and the serial becomes not accessible anymore..
     
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  6. MeMy&Myself

    MeMy&Myself MDL Junior Member

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    Beside that, the laptop comes with a recovery parition, windows 8 has Refresh/Reset options. U don't need the key or "reinstall" windows.
     
  7. Lich King

    Lich King MDL Addicted

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    so, "refresh or reinstall windows" won't ask the key ever..?? in case retail activation of course..
     
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  8. EFA11

    EFA11 Avatar Guru

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    yeah it wont ask, whatever is embedded into the system is what Win8 will pull and install. Only time that has changed for me, is when I have added ei.cfg etc to an iso/usb. So even a fresh install with Win8 MSDN iso will still pull the key, unless you edit of course as I stated.
     
  9. Lich King

    Lich King MDL Addicted

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    Suppose I have a legacy bios without any embedded key and I've purchased a retail key and activated my windows 8. and now I wanna reinstall windows from "refresh and reinstall" option.. will it ask for key at the time of reinstallation..??
     
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  10. EFA11

    EFA11 Avatar Guru

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    That is a good question, I would assume it would. AFAIK only MAK keys are ripped from the system after activation, so I wouldn't see why refreshing an install should require a key. Reinstall, perhaps.
     
  11. Lich King

    Lich King MDL Addicted

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    But, technically it shouldn't require a key if I use refresh and reinstall option coz it's already detected a key.. otherwise, it defeats the purpose..
     
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