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i lost my windows key!

Pavilion 500-160 ev
Microsoft Windows 8.1 (64-bit)

Hey guys,
I had an accident with my pc so i changed my motherboard. 
Now my pc wants activation and saying that the key is already in use. How can i find my key?? 
Thanks in advance

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i lost my windows key!

It depends on the motherboard that was used to replace the original.  In the scheme of things Windows 8, the OEM license key is imbedded in the BIOS, so assuming that is the key being tried to activate with this new motherboard, that is why it will not work.  You are then left with a choice, either get a retail key for Windows 8.1 or use a different Windows.  You could load up Windows 10 and then use that after the release.






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