A product key is a character sequence that acts as the license to a software product, and often required as proof of purchase. Also sometimes known as serial number.

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Windows Product Key in Boot Menu

My Windows is corrupt now. There's some issue with the BCD. What I wanted to know was is there anyway, I can get to know the Product Serial Key through the Boot Menu ? As I guess, I'll be ...
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If I delete pre-installed Windows 8.1, is it lost forever?

There's this Asus X200MA with fixed 2GB RAM and pre-installed Windows 8.1 . 2GB RAM + Windows combination makes a sad computer and a frustrated user. So I want to install Elementary OS Freya on it. I ...
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Recover Windows 7 OS product key from C drive

My laptop internal hard disk has stopped working.So I have removed it and put in to external HD case.I have to format it and re install OS.Is there a way I can recover product key from the drive data. ...
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Windows 7 OEM product key isn't working

I have a problem with my Fujitsu Siemens Esprimo Mobile v6535 laptop. I got it from dump and the HDD was bad, so i replaced it. At the begining, i was using a non-genuine copy of windows (because the ...
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Why won't windows 10 allow me to upgrade without first entering windows 7 product key?

Ok, so I am running windows 7. I previously upgraded to 10 smoothly, however I blue screened frequently due to my graphics cards being ancient and not supported. I rolled back to windows 7 for the ...
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Cannot refresh windows 8.1 after downgrade from windows 10

The computer started off as running windows 8.1 out of the box. When windows 10 was officially released, the computer was upgraded using a usb drive with windows 10 installation media, rather than ...
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Windows 7 Activation key stop working

I tried to upgrade to Windows 10 a few days ago. Something went wrong, and my computer began to operate extremely slow. After several unsuccessful attempts at troubleshooting, I decided to reinstall ...
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Windows 8 product key not working

was was running windows 8.1 for a long time on my laptop. Then a couple of weeks ago i installed windows 10 insider preview and used the product key that was provided by Microsoft to use with windows ...
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invalid product key windows 7

When I open computer properties and scroll to bottom, I saw that Windows activation told me that I have to activate my Windows, and changing the product key. It only given me 3 options for ...
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Unable to upgrade Windows 10 edition from Home to Pro

I have a Lenovo laptop which upgraded from Windows 8.1 Home to Windows 10 Home. I have a (legitimate) Windows 10 Pro key which I ran through the "Change Product Key" wizard. After a reboot I get an ...
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Can I install Windows 7 from ISO then activate with key from DVD

If I download a legit windows 7 iso from here http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-recovery and I have a legit windows 7 installation DVD (retail, not OEM), can I activate using that product key?
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8.1 to 10 setup : Something happened > Setup has failed to validate the product key

Just like millions of other users, I'm attempting to upgrade to windows 10. I have a Dell laptop running 8.1, which had windows reinstalled once. That was because I swapped the HDD out for a SSD and I ...
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Solved: Windows 10 “Device Limit Reached”

I have Windows 10 installed on 3 laptops and only 1 of them can be activated. I checked the product keys and they are the SAME. All 3 of those laptops had their own product keys prior to the upgrade. ...
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Windows 7 product key does not work on Windows 10

I just did a fresh Window 10 installation from .iso files on the computer I was running Windows 7 on before. I have the original Windows 7 DVD's, with a valid key that I was using before. Now I tried ...
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How to enter product key for trial version of Office 2013

My new laptop came with a trial version of Microsoft office Professional Plus, this trial lasts for 30 days. So I found a website that sells the key I need, here is the link to the website: ...
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Activating Windows 8.1 after changing my hard drive

Two years ago I bought a laptop which came with Windows 8 already installed. Upgraded to 8.1 last year. The warranty expired a year ago. I got a new hard drive recently and installed it today. Made ...
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Can I re-install Windows 7 English with an activated product key for another language?

My computer came with Turkish Windows 7 Professional installed. So I wanted to install the English version. Is it possible to use the existing, activated product key on the box to install English ...
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Linux utility for recovering Windows CD Key from HDD? [closed]

I've got a Windows HDD and no access to a Windows machine but I have Ubuntu. What's a good Linux utility for recovering the CD Key from the Windows 7 installed on this drive?
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How to retrieve lost Windows 7 key (computer crashed)?

I was going through my usual day at work with my laptop,when it crashed,corrupted the drive,and rendered it useless,unless I reformat the drive itself. But,I somehow lost the disc and the product key ...
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How can I recover a Microsoft Office 2013 product key? [duplicate]

I have Office 2013 installed on one of my computers but I have misplaced the product key. It is not set up through my Microsoft account and I would prefer it not be. How can I recover the license key ...
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How can I extract the Windows 8 OEM product key when I can't boot to Windows [duplicate]

I have a Dell Inspiron laptop with preinstalled Windows 8, upgraded to Windows 8.1 which cannot boot now. I am able to get in recovery screen with an USB installation kit. In order to get the ...
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Recovering the Windows 7 Product key, from a system upgraded to windows 8

I have a system that was running Windows 7 and then, back when Windows 8 was cheap, was upgraded to 8 (now 8.1 + Media Centre via separate updates & additions). Now I come to reformat / reinstall ...
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Move HDD to another laptop, can't change Windows 7 product key

One of my clients returned to me a Dell Latitude laptop that runs Windows 7 Pro with an OEM product key (bad motherboard). Now, I have a laptop that is the same model (it is already set up with ...
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Retrieve/decrypt Windows 7 product key from Linux

I accidentally disconnected my hard drive while it was still running and corrupted my Windows 7 installation; I am now completely unable to boot into Windows. I have tried everything to try and repair ...
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determine the owner of the windows copy of a PC

Our team have several of Computers. and 3 product keys of windows 8.1 of that PC belongs to me. but i can't remember which machine I put them. how can i find the machine which my product key ...
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Recovering Windows 7 Product Key from Registry Backup

My SSD gave up a little while back and I would like to recover my Win 7 Product Key from the drive. Even using recovery software, I was unable to recover my Windows/System32/config directory which I ...
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Is it safe that everybody can see the Windows product ID?

Is it safe that everybody can see the Windows product ID? What is my CD key given the product ID?
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Asus Windows Vista Home Premium product key expired

I can't start my laptop in normal mode. It says that my product key is already expired and I need to type a new one. I have a product key on the back of my laptop, but it seems to be not valid. If I ...
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Windows 8.1 wont validate my product key

Windows 8.1 wont validate my product key - It worked up until today and now says I need to activate Windows and wont recognise my product key
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Windows xp prodcut key

I am trying to remove a product key from windows XP when creating a ghost (each pc can then add there own PK for that hardware) but I am coming against some problems. I have tried the following. ...
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How to find the actual product key of Microsoft Office 2010?

Where can I find the actual product key of Microsoft Office 2010 ? I use Windows 8 and When I try to open Excel 2010 unlicensed product message appears and need to 25 character input to open it . I ...
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Windows 7 activation failed, legal product key was used (HP 840 G1 laptop / clean install)

Problem Valid product key is not accepted after clean reinstall. What could be the reason of that and how to pass activation process ? Goal install & activate "clean" windows 7 professional ...
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Is there a way to find out what COA (Certificate of Authenticity) a computer has in Linux?

I’m working on making a script that will export all the specs of the computer that runs it. I can get all the information I need besides the COA (Certificate of Authenticity) that the computer was ...
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Unable to install Windows product key - error 0x80041015

I decided to install a proper product key for my Windows 8.1. I tried the PC Settings applet, but it refused to accept my key. I tried using slmgr /ipk ...., but got error WBEM_E_TRANSPORT_FAILURE ...
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Change SQL server back to a trial

I need to convert a SQL Server 2008 instance on a VM (which is licensed) back to a trial. What are the steps to do this? REASON for this: Need to give a VM with a custom solution on it to a 3rd ...
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Will Visual Studio 2013 marry it's current product key to my account if I sign-in?

I just recently switch from using Visual Studio 2010 to Visual Studio 2013 at work. Visual Studio 2013 is registered with an MSDN product key that the company pays for. I am new to the concept of ...
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Is softicle.com legit? [closed]

I was recently trying to re-install a Windows 8 machine, when I discovered that no installation media was provided with my machine. I then discovered this website, softicle.com. Here you can download ...
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Install ONLY Media Center On 8.1 Laptop With 8.1 Pro ISO?

I have a Dell laptop that came with Windows 8.1. (I guess it's not an "update" since it came with 8.1 out of the box.) I just purchase a legitimate version of Windows 8.1 Pro (student) edition from ...
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Windows 8.1 Reinstall?

I was helping a friend of mine who had a blank password on his Windows 8.1 computer. He recently got an update and since this update he is unable to login to his computer. His computer was not ...
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The Windows Product Key Deleted After Uninstalling Norton (From Xfinity)?

I have just uninstalled the free Norton antivirus package from Xfinity, and replaced it with McAfee Security Center from AT&T, due to changing internet providers. When I restarted Windows 7 SP1, ...
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Can I use same MS product code to replace Win7 with Ubuntu-host+Win7-guest?

My new laptop came with Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed. Ubuntu would have been my preference, but only as long as I could keep a Windows 7 VirtualBox around to get me through those occasional ...
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Retrieving Windows XP product key from registry using Parted Magic

I've a laptop which has a Windows Vista licence sticker on it, but it was downgraded to Windows XP due to reasons. However, the HDD is broken (read errors and bad sectors everywhere) and it will not ...
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How to change the saved Office 2013 Product Key

I installed Office 2013 and put in the product key when it asked me to. After typing in the product key, it allowed me to use MS Word once. After I closed MS Word and went to reopen it the next day, ...
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Can multiple Windows 7 Enterprise PCs use the same product key?

I have worked out that a company I am working for is using the same product key on all its computers. They are all Windows 7 Enterprise PCs. Is this legal for them to be doing this?
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Does Windows 8 RETAIL install extract OEM product key from BIOS?

I am in a situation where I cannot use Magical Jelly Bean Product Key Finder since the hard drive has failed on a particular system from HP. Sadly HP will only sell restore discs and I don't have the ...
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Windows 8 placeholder keys [duplicate]

As noted here Windows 8.1 fresh install with Windows 8 licence Windows 8.1 has available "generic keys" that will let you install Windows 8.1, but not activate. Does Windows 8 have similar keys, ...
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Retrieving OEM-SLP key from OEM Recovery DVD

I have a number of HP ProDesk 600 G1. I use Windows Deployment Server (WDS) to deploy a custom image to these machines (effectively removing HP bloatware) and I'm trying to find the OEM-SLP key. I ...
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Finding Windows 7 Product Key Before Reinstall [duplicate]

I got drafted into repairing a friend's laptop. He got a virus and after removing it the laptop would no longer boot into Windows. After banging my head against the wall for several days I've finally ...
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MS office downloaded and installed for free (from softonic), but now asking for product key? [closed]

I searched for 'MS office download and installed for free' and found a link in Softonic website where I could do it successfully. However, now to use it, it is asking for product key. How can I ...
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Office 2013 Trial Error 25004

I had some issues with getting an Office 2013 Professional Plus 2013 trial when I first installed it from TechNet, and I had to reinstall it. When I tried to activate it after reinstalling, I got the ...