12-19-2012 10:25 AM
For new machines coming with Windows 8, the key is now stored in the Bios chip. See the article below for more details on this new activation method.
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12-19-2012 10:28 AM
With the advent of Windows Activation 3.0, all Windows PC's now have the product key embedded in the BIOS, making the COA sticker obsolete. This is true for all PC manufacturers, not just HP.
This was done to further reduce instances of piracy and illegal use of the visible product keys.
The downside is that for those of us who use the product keys legally, we are now forced to use the recovery disks that came with the PC, or that we make, or use the recovery partition to reinstall the OS.
If they fail to work, we then will need to purchase an operating system, as a plain W8 disk will not work anymore, since there is no product key to enter when prompted.
12-19-2012 10:32 AM - edited 12-19-2012 10:32 AM
That answers that question, but opens a new one for me. Probably not for this thread any more.
I tried to add Media Center to Windows 8 and now it says that it is not activated. They key I received from Microsoft says it is for upgrades only and no clean installs. I tried uninstalling MEdia Center to get back to an activated copy, but it has forgotten the original key.
Anyone got a quick idea for that or should I open a new thread?
12-19-2012 11:45 AM
I would start a new thread.
I doubt anyone can help you, but you have nothing to lose.
Me? I would bite the bullet and do a system recovery to factory specs.
You will lose MS Office Starter though.
04-16-2013 02:09 AM
You will not find in stickers now,bcoz many laptops don't have those. Your windows 8 product will be incrypted in your registry if you have used that before and you can find that bu this simple method to find lost windows 8 product key.