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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 correct, legal Windows ISO I need to provide my product key. I understand that this is saved and connected to the BIOS/Mainboard/UEFI.

If I access the command prompt from the recovery menu, is there any command which provides me my OEM product key?

  • Who do you have to provide the key to to get the ISO? Dell? Why should they expect any user to go to such absurd lengths for the ISO? Wouldn't the unique Service Tag suffice? (Note that anyone can download a generic ISO from MS directly without any key.) – Karan May 22 '15 at 7:29
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    In order to download the correct ISO from Microsoft they need the serial number: windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/upgrade-product-key-only – András Vincze-Nagy May 22 '15 at 7:39
  • Download the tool linked to from this answer. No key required and it'll create an ISO or even a bootable USB for you direct. – Karan May 22 '15 at 7:41
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    A legitimate install of W8 with a UEFI bios should not need the key since it is baked into the firmware. – Julian Knight May 22 '15 at 7:58
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    use a Linux Live DVD and run this command: superuser.com/a/638033/174557 – magicandre1981 May 22 '15 at 18:01