Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 175 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

Questions tagged [product-key]

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.

1
vote
0answers
49 views

For a used device will the Windows product key be in the ACPI Table and accessible by the UEFI BIOS?

What I read on Philip Yip's site is that devices may store the OEM Windows Product Key in the ACPI Table accessible by the UEFI BIOS: "The 25 digit System Locked Preinstallation (SLP) Product Key ...
1
vote
1answer
122 views

Downgrade Windows 10 Education to Home without clean install

I have a Windows 10 laptop that was preinstalled with Windows 10 Home. Because I use this laptop for college, I have a product key for Windows 10 Education for some extra features (like remote desktop)...
0
votes
1answer
53 views

Recover Windows 8 Product Key after upgrade to windows 10

My PC came preinstalled with windows 8. I upgraded it to windows 10, and linked it to my microsoft account. After this I erased windows 10 from the Hard drive. So now, I want to install windows 7. I ...
1
vote
0answers
48 views

Prevent Windows 10 from activating with Win 8.1 embedded BIOS key? [duplicate]

Let's say I have one of those Windows 8.1 Pro PCs that have the product key embedded in the BIOS. When you install Windows 10 to this, it will activate using that Windows 8.1 BIOS key. However let's ...
0
votes
1answer
35 views

Activating Windows on a vitual machine with the same product key after deactivating from the pre installed version

I am trying to understand the process of activation methods for Windows 10 on a virtual machine. I bought a computer with pre installed windows ( OEM ) version. And then installed Linux on a ...
1
vote
0answers
73 views

Windows 10 pro key installation

I have just purchased a Windows 10 pro key from ebay, and it doesn't work. The seller states that the key will only work on a clean install of windows 10, and not as an upgrade. I have used the ...
-2
votes
1answer
75 views

Activate windows 10 after re-installing (I have lost my product key) [duplicate]

I own a Lenovo T430 laptop. In 2017, I installed Windows 10 using my original Windows 7 product key. Unfortunately, I cannot find that product key anymore. I need to re-install windows 10. Will it be ...
-1
votes
1answer
240 views

Windows: Upgraded from Win7 Win10 Enterprise for free. Now need to reinstall windows 10

I bought my machine from my employer with WIndows 7 installed (enterprise i believe it was). Microsoft then offered a free upgrade to Windows 10 for free and that offer lasted for a certain time ...
0
votes
0answers
6k views

Retrieve Windows 10 product key from hard drive

Is it possible to retrieve a Windows 10 product key from a hard drive with a valid windows installation on it? I already tried connecting it via USB to another computer and using "ProduKey" software, ...
1
vote
1answer
5k views

How to deactivate a MS Office product key from the Office account?

I want to transfer the product key to a new computer. In my Office account, I have two keys. I have uninstalled the Office on the old PC like a lot of tutorials say. But installing from my account ...
-1
votes
1answer
43 views

how can installs of xp from two different cds end up with same key?

Im installing xp pro sp3 on a new hd, create new partition, totally fresh install. After install, I run cdkeyreader and write down the key. I then install to same hd using a different cd, but I select ...
0
votes
2answers
1k views

From windows 8.1 to windows 10 license

I bought a laptop with Windows 8.1 pre-installed and activated (I do not have the serial key written down somewhere). Could I somehow keep the license and install Windows 10 (not upgrading)?
2
votes
1answer
4k views

When I try activating Win10 Pro, installed via OEI / OEM DVD, I get error 0xc004f050

I bought a Genuine Windows10 Pro OEI DVD, but after I install from DVD Windows10 reports that it's actually Windows 10 Home. No problem, I'll use the activation key I got off the packaging... So I ...
-1
votes
2answers
9k views

Finding a license key on a non-booting pc [duplicate]

Long story short my computer wont boot and since I don't feel like having it repaired I'm just going to do a clean install from an install USB. I having a laptop know the implications of having to ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

How to reactivate Win 10 without microsoft account

I recently upgraded the hardware of my PC and afterwards my Win 10 was deactivated. I do not have it linked to a Microsoft account. Which options do I have to activate it again? Further information:...
0
votes
1answer
31 views

Hard drive format / Windows reinstall

I have a new windows 10 laptop and wish to format the hard drive. Is it possible to find the product key to reinstall the windows onto a different hard drive?
0
votes
0answers
3k views

How do I find my product key for Windows 8.1?

My computer was pre-installed by Dell with Windows 8. I upgraded to 8.1. I have a USB drive from Dell with Windows 8. I clicked "Add Features to Windows 8.1" in control panel, but it asks for my ...
0
votes
1answer
444 views

Is SLP Product Key of windows 7 compatible with windows 10?

Six years ago, I bought dell inspiron n5010 laptop with inbuilt genuine Windows 7. Now I want to download genuine Windows 10. Here in according to Windows 10 update assistant it is showing that "This ...
0
votes
2answers
492 views

Buy Windows 10 key for Fujitsu OEM Image

I have two Fujitsu LIFEBOOK E756. One is a little older and came preinstalled with Windows 7. The second one is recently bought and comes with Windows 10. Of the second one I have created an image and ...
-4
votes
2answers
84 views

Can I share the free Windows keys my college provides?

My college gives us free Windows keys and a friend asked me for one. Should I give him one or is there any danger? I know It's against the rules but the plan is: I see the key on my screen, I tell ...
0
votes
1answer
698 views

How can I know the Product key of my original Windows 7 (HP dv6 laptop) ?

I have a HP dv6 laptop which has come with original Windows 7 home premium 64 bit. The product key is on the sticker under the laptop. But, the sticker is faded away, so I cannot read all the ...
0
votes
0answers
356 views

Is it possible to backup the TeamViewer product key?

I'm in the process of re-installing Windows 10 on my laptop. TeamViewer was pre-installed when I bought the computer, can I backup the product key? If so, where is it located? I've searched the ...
1
vote
0answers
613 views

Is my Product ID my Product Key

I wanted to run windows 7 in virtualbox, so I needed a product key to download the iso. I found tutorials on finding it, but these tutorials don't seem to work. They said to go to Control Panel - ...
-2
votes
1answer
152 views

How can i know my windows 7 product key?

I have a Dell inspiron N-4050 laptop. And i am running windows 10 pro on it. I have a product key for it and there was windows 7 genuine with the product key from the manufacturer. But now sticker ...
-1
votes
1answer
101 views

Can I get a windows product key from my laptop which used to have windows xp/7?

I have a laptop which used to have windows 7 (and xp when it was originally purchased). However, I formatted the disk and now have Ubuntu 14.04 on it. I heard that the product key is embedded ...
1
vote
1answer
104 views

any way to recover the original Windows key used for a fresh - upgrade install of Windows 10?

So, a while back I did a "fresh-upgrade" install of Windows 10 Pofessional. That is to say that, in the days when Microsoft was still offering free upgrades to Windows 10 for qualifying licenses, I ...
1
vote
0answers
479 views

Upgrade Windows 10 Home (non-N) to Education N?

Cheers, I've clicked myself an Education version key from my university's MSDN-AA Dreamspark Imagine platform. My regular Windows is an OEM key upgrade from Windows 8, non-N; the uni only offers N ...
1
vote
1answer
565 views

Transferring Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard lisence key?

I'm thinking of purchasing a copy of Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard, and I plan on installing it on a machine I have. The issue is I plan to use a completely different machine with completely ...
1
vote
1answer
937 views

Upgrading Windows 10 Home to Pro with Windows 7 pro license?

I apology if this was asked already but I cannot find related question. So thing is I have legal Windows 7 Home license and I have upgraded this machine to Windows 10 and it is up-to-date. However, ...
-2
votes
1answer
751 views

Removing Windows (10), get/keep key for later reinstall? [duplicate]

I've been dual booting Linux (Kubuntu) and Windows for a couple of months now, and I'm thinking of making a full switch, since I haven't booted Windows since I started dual booting. However, I don't ...
-1
votes
3answers
276 views

how to clean install windows 10 onto a working system?

To clean install on a working system, for Windows 10, just download the ISO from Microsoft but, how do you establish that the license is valid? And, how do you obtain the license key? The working, ...
6
votes
3answers
58k views

How to transfer office activation to another account?

I have bought two licenses for Office 2016 Home & Student (the permanent licenses, not the 365 subscription). Due to some auto-signup, cookies and product-keys-encoded-in-a-url supplied by the ...
-1
votes
1answer
845 views

Can I use Windows 7 Professional Product Key to activate Windows Home Basic?

I have Windows 7 Professional Product key, but I want to install Windows 7 Home Basic, so my question is can I use Windows 7 Professional Product key to activate Windows 7 Home Basic? If no, then how ...
0
votes
1answer
268 views

Can I move a Windows 10 Pro product key from one PC to another?

We have a few laptops, each with Windows 10 Home (All upgraded from Windows 8). One of these laptops was upgraded to Pro, purchased through the Windows Store. Now, that same laptop has had a different ...
0
votes
0answers
802 views

Extract the Windows 10 retail product key

I tried to find the retail product key of Windows 10 with software like Nirsoft's ProduKey and Belarc Advisor. But the code they show doesn't match the code written on the official paper. How do I ...
-3
votes
1answer
264 views

Windows 7 is not genuine after rolling back from Windows 10

A little background story: I upgraded to Windows 10 while it was free, then rolled back to windows 7 within 30 days for the sole purpose of getting a “digital entitlement”. I didn’t use my PC for ...
3
votes
1answer
185 views

Will a sql server product key still work after moving a virtual machine?

A virtual machine that we have is going to be moved onto a different box. The MAC address, hostname and ip address will change, but other than that everything on the OS will be an exact copy Would ...
1
vote
2answers
201 views

Can windows 7 installed using windows 10 product key?

One of my clients wants to purchase some computers (workstations) with windows 7 PRO/ENT. Windows 7 is required because of some specific applications they use. They preferred provider has only product ...
-3
votes
2answers
590 views

Windows 10 Activation With Windows 7 Key

Is it possible to activate a copy of windows 10 with a windows 7 key after July 29th? I missed the time frame and want Windows 10.
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Sysprep.exe and Unattend.xml - automatic application of product key not working

My goal is to automate the OOBE process (launched by sysprep) by removing the need for a new product key to be entered. I already have a product key since I am launching this through sysprep. I would ...
0
votes
1answer
523 views

Activate Windows 10 with Windows 7 key after upgrade period?

I have a system that was running Windows 10. It was originally a DreamSpark Windows 7 Professional key that was installed as Windows 7 and then upgraded to Windows 10 back in March. Recently, the ...
1
vote
2answers
5k views

Determine If Windows 7 Product Key is OEM Before Installation

I have some Windows 7 disks and product keys that I bought on eBay. They didn't come in a box, but the disk and the product key sticker otherwise look legit. What I want to know is if the keys are OEM ...
0
votes
1answer
138 views

How to take advantage of free upgrade to Windows 10

We have 3 laptops that came with pre-Installed Windows 8 Single Language OEM. We don't want to use Windows 10 right now but maybe later someone need to use it so I want take advantage of free upgrade ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

Can I use windows 10 installation media that I made by Media Creation Tool to install in another computer

I have made bootable flash drive using Media Creation Tool (Windows 10 Single Language) from laptop that have activated Windows 8 to use it for upgrade or clean install later. my question is: can I ...
0
votes
1answer
481 views

Can I install windows 10 in windows 8 laptop using the same product key

I have laptop that come with windows 8 installed and I install windows 10 on the same hard drive (in new partition) using same product key. I want to keep windows 8 and don't want to use windows 10 ...
1
vote
2answers
74 views

How do I know where exactly my .reg will be installed in the registry?

I am going to install a .reg file and I want to know, where exactly in my registry will it be installed? Is there a way to find out the registry path? I want to locate the 20 character serial number ...
0
votes
1answer
228 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
345 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
583 views

Preinstalled Windows 7 vs. Vendor Win10 on DVD vs. Win10 from Microsoft

I bought a new HP ProDesk 400. This machine has a preinstalled Windows 7 Pro, which I could setup manually. I also got a Windows 10 Pro DVD from HP (labeled 'DVD-Kit 836297-DW2') I don't see any COA ...
1
vote
3answers
45k views

Is the windows 10 product key in BIOS?

My new laptop's preinstalled Windows 10 was activated as soon as it was connected to the internet. But no product keys were shown to me. There is no product key label on the laptop. Somewhere I read ...