07-13-2019 07:07 AM
My hard drive went bad and I need to load the OS on a new drive but I need the original product key that came with the all-in-one and I do not have it. Any idea how to get this 25 character key?
07-13-2019 07:13 AM
Here is how you can reinstall W8.1 by using the W8 product key in your PC's BIOS...
Install W8.1 by creating the Microsoft installation media, using another Windows PC, if yours is not working...You want W8.1 64 bit.
Only if you are asked to enter a product key during the installation process, use this generic key.
This is the generic key for W8.1 'standard.'
If you had to enter the generic key, manually change the generic product key to the W8 'standard' key in your PC's BIOS in the PC settings menu.
After you get W8.1 installed, and you had to manually enter the W8.1 generic product key, you will need to run the free utility I zipped up and attached below, that will show you show the W8 product key in your PC's BIOS.
I have also zipped up and attached below, the Microsoft tool which hopefully will transfer the ISO file to a DVD or usb flash drive so it is bootable.
Then you can install the available drivers and software from your PC's support page.
07-15-2019 08:53 AM
in addiction to what Paul wrote, when you have a Windows working, you can try to use, in CMD prompt:
wmic path softwarelicensingservice get OA3xOriginalProductKey
it returns the 25 characters from your PC motherboard.