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 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?

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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software for windows 8 pro download / pc crash

My samsung pc pro 700t crashed or something and there is no way to insert a disk to recover. My questions are can I use my windows 8 pro product key from this computer to download the software for ...
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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 the Lenovo recovery partition include the product key?

My SSD stopped working on my Thinkpad X220. I made a recovery USB from the recovery partition that was included with the laptop, but I don't have a Windows 7 system repair disc. I installed a new ...
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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 ...
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D630 laptop comes with Windows XP, but has a sticker for Vista on the bottom with a key

I'm thinking they didn't like the Vista, or something like that. Can I use that product key on the bottom of my laptop to install Windows Vista, since it may have been installed before? Why would ...
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What can cause Windows XP to reject a valid product key?

I bought a new motherboard last week. Windows 7 is running well, so now it's time to get my Windows XP running. I can't install direct from the original Windows XP Home CD (retail version) because it ...
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How to transfer Pro Tools LE 8 license (authorization code) from one computer to another?

I am getting ready to wipe and sell a computer for my friend, and he needs me to transfer his copy of Pro Tools LE 8 to his new computer. He can't find the original packaging for it, and I've ...
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What happens if I deactivate Windows RT?

Windows RT is, like any other OEM Windows product, preinstalled and preactivated on a PC. Most PCs running standard Windows have a product key label on the back (for desktops) or on the bottom (for ...
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Reinstalling windows from repair disk using 64 instead of 32

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad W510 running Windows 7 Ultimate. Before my warranty ran out, I sent it in to have some repairs done which included replacing my hard drive and reinstalling Windows. I had ...
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My Windows 7 suddenly said it wasn't genuine any longer

I have a laptop with Windows 7 as the OS. Suddenly today, the screen became black with a message stating "Build 7601, this copy of windows is not genuine." I got this laptop a few months ago from ...
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How to make my computer forget the key for my Windows 8.1 upgrade?

I have a W7pro machine. Bought a W8.1 upgrade. (Yes, I have good reasons to do so, don't flame me on that one.) Turned out it wouldn't keep my software installed. I didn't want to reinstall ...
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Windows 8.1 won't accept my Media Center Pack Product Key

I just installed Windows 8.1 Pro as an upgrade from an ISO torrent. I was able to activate my original Windows 8 key successfully. However, I tried to activate my Media Center Pack key that I ...
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not able to clean install windows 8

i want to clean install win 8 on my new lenovo, i have heard that OEM key is stored in the bios and is automatically applied on a clean install. i have downloaded windows 8 file from internet- ...
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Windows Embedded 8 Standard - “No images available” during install

I have previously been using a 180 day trial product key when installing WE8S, but recently acquired a licensed key. However, when using this key the installation fails. I get a dialog asking me to ...
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windows 8.1 product key cant be read

I downloaded windows 8.1 from dreamspark and when im installing it i got stuck at the product key. They said the product key can be found at your email receipt that they will send via email. However ...
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Where do I find my Windows 7 registration key if I lose the DVD?

I lost my Windows installation DVD. I don't remember the registration key for my Windows installation, and I want to get rid of the pop-ups stating that my Windows is not genuine. I learned that the ...
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How do I retrieve a product key from another hard drive?

My friend's laptop motherboard died and he needs his Windows 7 product key from the hard drive (which is still working). I connected the old drive as a secondary drive to my own computer and tried ...
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Product Key issue with MS Office 2010 click-to-run

I'm working on a client's PC that has MS Office Home and Student installed. The unusual thing is that there is no winword.exe or the like for the applications. The shortcuts point to "C:\Program ...
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Determine if product key is used on multiple computers

I'm the sole programmer at company. Not only that, I'm the sole person who's remotely computer literate above the "I can check my email". As such, I've been asked to go to all the machines, and ...
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Can I change a Windows Server 2012 product key later?

Suppose I have a personal key through DreamSpark, but I'm still waiting for a company key (site licence or something). Can I install Windows Server 2012 on our dev server now with my personal key so ...
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Difference between Product Key and Serial Number

I just wanted to extract my activation keys of Windows 7 and 8 x64. I used several programs to test, if they produce the right results. In System screen > Details about windows activation I can see ...
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Check if Windows 7 product key has been used

Selling my Windows 7 as used to someone, however, I have lost track of whether the product key is still used on an old PC of mine. Is there any quick way to check whether a product key has been used ...
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Booting multiple Windows 7 from same image and then applying correct CD key

I'm planning to connect 21 Windows 7 computers (OEM) to a central server with iSCSI, and then boot all computers from the same "image". The problem is the CD key. I have 21 valid OEM keys with valid ...
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Obtain pre-installed W8 key, and install W8

I have a Lenovo Z580, which has a pre-installed copy of Windows 8. I want to install only Ubuntu & Windows 7 on it, so I want to format the whole hard-drive. However, I'd like to retain the ...
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VirtualBox: Windows 7 says it's not genuine

I've set up a Windows 7 guest machine under Windows 7 using oracle virtualbox 4.2. This Windows Guest has its own product key which corresponds to the boxed set I purchased for the sole purpose of ...
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Windows Vista not accepting product key on new partition

I have installed Windows Vista on a new partition, but it will not accept the product key. I don't want to have to buy another product key. Can anyone help?
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Autofill Product Key Windows Vista / 7

I am using sysprep to make a generic version of Windows and put it on a bunch of computers I am redoing for a customer. I plan to later develop more extensive images and go through the entire WAIK to ...
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Where is the Microsoft Office 2012 Key?

I want to wipe Windows 8 and install Windows 7 on my machine, but I don't have the key for Microsoft Office 2013 to reinstall it afterward. Is there a way I can retrieve it? I'll download an ...
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Acer Inspire Windows 8 Pro Product Key

My brother took his laptop to be upgraded to Windows 8 Pro. He received the card with a Product Key on it but then when he went to "Control Panel" and then "Systems", a different Product Key than ...
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How do I find which serial I used for Photoshop CS5 on my computer?

I want to move my Photoshop CS5 installation to a new computer. Unfortunately, I lost the paper with the cd-key. Is there a way to recover the serial from my local installation?
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How to find Windows 7 Product Key?

I have a laptop that came with Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed. But I recently had to format it. I need to enter the product key again but the sticker on the laptop is not readable now as it is ...
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Windows 7 Home Premium serial

I have windows 7 Home Premium , now I want to format my laptop and then re-install the same window version , so before I do that I got an screenshot of computer > properties , which is shown ...
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Windows8 OEM Version redownload/reinstall after format

I bought a Lenovo ideapad y500 with windows 8 pre-installed. My plan was to format the HDD, install win7 and a fresh win8 with no pre-installed apps etc... I am now running windows 7 but I can not ...