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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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 ...
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How to wipe an Asus laptop and not lose the Windows product key?

How do I wipe my Asus laptop without losing the Windows product key? The machine was originally 8.1 64, now it's 10 64. Where can I find this key? Should I make a backup of the recovery partition? If ...
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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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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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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 it possible to use a Windows 10 product key to activate a Windows 7 installation?

This question is the opposite of the problem that most people have, and I haven't found a good answer for it yet. My company has custom hardware configurations on shipped systems, and we are ...
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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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reinstalling vista product key

I recently formatted my laptop which came with Vista preinstalled and installed Windows 7 on the primary partition. I've now installed Vista on a different partition, but it won't activate my valid ...
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Product Key for windows 7

Hello can anyone tell me about the windows product key I have brought a dvd to install windows 7 please tell me where is the product key written there is a barcode written in its cover is that the ...
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How to recover lost Microsoft Office 2013 Product Key after Windows 10 Reset PC

Although the Windows Lost Product Key question has been asked before, this is slightly different. I did 'Reset this PC' from Windows 10 Recovery without taking a backup of the system or files. All my ...
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Lost my windows product key and the hard drive is dead , and this has no cd : How do I recover?

I had windows 7 Professional running on this machine. I got this machine from my attic, but the key and Cd are lost. The HDD died a while ago and doesn't get detected in the BIOS. Is there anyway of ...
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Reinstall Window 8 single language on a Dell preinstalled laptop

My Dell laptop came with Windows 8 Single Language 64bit, the below sticker having product key got erased. Contacted dell and they told product will be embeded inside Motherboard, I just need to run ...
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Changing product key on Windows 7 MSDN

How do I change the product key for a MSDN based Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit PC? I am aware that if I had a retail version, then the process would be simple, namely Control Panel | System | Windows ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I activate Window 8 en with my en_gb key?

I am a student and I got a key through DreamSpark/MSDNAA for "Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 32/64-bit (English-Great Britain)". I tried to download the iso with Secure Download Manager, but after 4 ...
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Is there a way to see when the product key of a windows os was last changed?

Is there some way I can see when the product key of Windows Server was changed last? I'm trying to find out if our old IT guy changed the product key on one of our MSDN licensed OSs before he left.
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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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Lost CD Key after repair install of Windows 7

So I needed to re-install Windows 7 HP x64 on a customer's computer, and stupid me forgot to retrieve the CD key before doing so. Now, the CD key put in there is getting told it's invalid, and Windows ...
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Transferring Windows 10 lisence after clean install

I got an SSD and did a clean installation of windows 10 after downloading the official ISO image. The old HDD is still able to boot the old windows 10 installation. Now I need to activate the new ...
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How to find Windows 8.1 Product Key After Upgrading to Windows 10

I had purchased originally installed windows 8.1 Laptop which got upgraded to windows 10. Can I retrieve my windows 8.1 product keys now after upgradation to windows 10.
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Is there any way to get Windows 8 (not 8.1) Installation Media if I only have access to Windows 8.1?

Long story short, I've got a device and an OEM Product Key for a licence for Windows 8 on it. After a complicated journey of many upgrades and downgrades now I find myself with Windows 8.1 installed ...
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Product key invalid after going from windows 7 to 10 and back again

I upgraded my Window 7 Home Premium to Windows 10, then went back to Windows 7 and now it says my product key is invalid for activation and I have 7 days to enter new key. Any idea how to correct ...
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Find Windows 7 Product key after windows 10 upgrade

I know a form of this question has been asked before but... A client of mine upgraded her pc from windows 7 to windows 10 more than 30 days ago. She hates windows 10 and wants windows 7 back on there....
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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 activation,...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Back up a specific program (maintaining product key)

My neighbour's have asked me to transfer a program from one of their computers, to the other. The particular software is 'Cashflow Manager 7' I have transferred all the files used by the program onto ...