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Registered: ‎11-29-2012
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windows 8 product key

Hi,

 

recently I bought a new laptop (Sony Vaio E15...) with preinstalled Windows 8, which is licensed to this particular laptop. I expected there will be a sticker with windows product key on the bottom of the laptop, but there isn't one.

 

Is there any way to acquire it, as I would like to have it in case I need to do a clean Windows 8 installation? Any way not involving making recovery discs, just to be able to use the same key that was used for the current installation with the software downloaded from microsoft?

 

Thanks!

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Re: windows 8 product key

I have the new Sony Vaio Duo 11. The Windows 8 product key on new machines is now embedded within the machine, I believe using the Secure Boot technology from Microsoft. When performing a clean installation of Windows 8, the installer won't even ask you for a product key and will automatically get it from your system. Surprisingly simple, yet confusing to many. I did a clean install on mine and never got asked for the product key. Smiley Happy

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Re: windows 8 product key

Thank you very much for your explanation. If that's the case, my problems are nonexistent Smiley Happy

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Registered: ‎06-19-2013
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Re: windows 8 product key

According to MS support this is not true.

 

They told me that there are cases where you need your product key and that that key MUST be on the bottom of the laptop.

 

They (2 reps) were very insistent upon this and would not help me unless I got my product key (which I can't).

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Re: windows 8 product key

PJMaster is correct.  The Windows 8 product key is embedded in the motherboard and is not required to install Windows 8 onto the VAIO PCs that come with Windows 8 out of the factory.  Because of this, labels/stickers with the product key do not need to be on the bottom of the PC.

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Re: windows 8 product key

 

I have a two month old Sony VAIO SVE17125CDB that required a factory reset.  Upon being reset it required that I activate it by calling Microsoft. 

 

The activation rep, the first MS support rep, and the higher level MS support rep all said that - even for an OEM copy of Windows 8 - that I needed the product key in order to activate Windows 8 under some circumstances (e.g. I had upgraded my BIOS).

 

They understood that I had a new Sony laptop with an OEM copy of Windows.  They even had me contact Sony support while they waited on the phone and when the Sony rep said what you have said they insisted that the Sony rep was wrong.

 

So my laptop now has a fresh Windows 8 (restored from the HD using the normal procedure) that is not activated, so it is unusable.

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Re: windows 8 product key

Hi Centrant,

 

Sorry for your difficulties.  Lets move discussion of your issue here.

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Re: windows 8 product key

Hi, I had to install a New HD on my laptop and now it is asking me for the Windows Licensce Key I called this morning and Sony is telling me I need a recovery CD I try to order this from 3 different companies and neither of them have it in stock... Can anyone help me with this? I have tried everything Smiley Sad 

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Re: windows 8 product key

Hi clockwork77,

 

Welocme to sony Community!

 

You check the availabilityof the Recovery Disc here. Encompass is the authorized supply chain manager for original parts and accessories for Sony products. Make sure you put the correct model name of the laptop.

 

Regards,

Jen

 

If my post answers your question, please mark it as "Accept as Solution"

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Re: windows 8 product key

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recently I bought a new laptop (Sony Vaio E15...) with preinstalled Windows 8, which is licensed to this particular laptop. I expected there will be a sticker with windows product key on the bottom of the laptop, but there isn't one.

 

Is there any way to acquire it, as I would like to have it in case I need to do a clean Windows 8 installation? Any way not involving making recovery discs, just to be able to use the same key that was used for the current installation with the software downloaded from microsoft?

 

Thanks!


 

There are three easy ways to find Windows Product Key. 

 

1. Find Windows 8 Product Key in the Windows Retail Box or Confirmation Email Solution

2. Get The Windows 8 Product Key Using Command PromptSolution

3. Find Windows 8 Product Key using Windows 8 registry

 

source: http://www.iseepassword.com/how-to-find-windows-8-product-keys.html

 

 You will require your OEM key for any installs. Hence the key is usually written on Windows 8 logo sticker on your PC. Let me know in comments if it is not there.

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