Trust me, a world where they didn't exist would be far worse. It's a matter of time before Microsoft blacklists the product key, and we won't be able to use it to activate Windows anymore. If you install win8 yourself, expect no support. Does anyone know if you could use a 64bit key on a 32 bit computer? At least that gives me an excuse to try to escalate this to someone who knows what they're talking about, I suppose? I wish you good luck tilting at windmills. Why are you here defending Microsoft's really bad idea of sticking the Product Key onto the motherboard of computers? All Win8 prebuilt computers have no visible product key. I followed a youtube tutorial and retrieved the key.
Are you telling me that is impossible? So long story short,is there a way for the key to be retrieved without spending another 100 euros to buy a new one? I'm pretty certain I've gotten product keys from Asus before. Do you still have your recovery partition? Is there a way to find out the Windows serial number if I ever come to a point of wanting to re-install fresh Windows without having a buy a new copy? Presumably as with previous versions of Windows, if that hardware partition or blade is irreparably damaged then I no longer have the software running on any computer, and am permitted to reinstall it on one replacement computer hardware partition or blade. See here for more details if necessary: Good luck! There is a slight problem though in regards to installing a different version of the operating system on those devices. This key, if you are able to extract it, will not work on a retail copy of Win8. Slide them over, and hopefully the battery will now neatly slide out.
If you install win7 yourself, expect no support. Did you have any trouble finding the Windows 8. I've also sent a reply to my last email from Microsoft asking if they can give me a detailed explanation of my rights as a license holder in the case of damaged computer parts, just to get clarification from the horse's mouth. Consider whether you need to quote at all — unless you are quoting to respond to a specific statement, it's usually easier to just mention who you're responding to. Fun fact: The geniuses at the Asus technical support hotline tried to tell me that if I ever replaced the hard drive there'd be no way to reinstall my copy of Windows on a new one, even if I did have the product key. They are not tied to your hard drive so if you are only swapping a hard drive you don't need a product key. Unblock any international website, browse anonymously, and download movies and Mp3 with complete safety with CyberGhost, : On a laptop that came with Windows 8 or Windows 8.
Although, you should be able to download windows 8 using the following link without a key! My worry is that if my hard drive is ever irreparably damaged, I'll need to be able to install Windows 8 onto a replacement hard drive. Because I own the software license. I still intend to have Serious Words with Asus about these shenanigans, but at least my personal problem is now solved! It matches the semi-censored version of the key that I can view in my computer properties. I went to go check for updates and it gave me the option to consider added features. I chose not to answer with full details. Presumably as with previous versions of Windows, if that hardware partition or blade is irreparably damaged then I no longer have the software running on any computer, and am permitted to reinstall it on one replacement computer hardware partition or blade.
Eventually about 6 months ago they saw the error of their ways and dropped the key verification from the download page. If you buy a machine with win8 you can expect support for win8 as long as its running the win8 recovery image. I just received a new Asus laptop replacement unit offered under warranty and it came pre-installed with Windows 8. Asus sold the original as working with an os. They said to stress that this link is to a Beta version of their software.
Unfortunately, I'm not too familiar with this myself, but if you haven't tried searching the forums, there's some posts by other members about clean installs. I'll let you know if I manage to get any thing out of them. A Quick search in Google turned this up. Thankfully, if you can not find proof of your Windows 8 product key, you could have the ability to extract it in the Windows Registry using what is known as a product keyword program. Then Microsoft will find it for you but when you can't put that explicite computer on the Internet, you can't download Windows 8 from them.
Of course I removed my own product key : Now the next time you want to format your computer, you don't have to worry about what is your Windows 8 product key. This is how retailing works in Australia. I tried for an hour to access the bios and couldnt do it. As soon as you go online it automatically activates your Windows key with no input from you. Surely that depends on what motherboard I buy, and whom I buy it from? At this point a new licence key is provided with the new motherboard because replacement motherboards do not come with a pre installed licence key. The activation worked fine on all of them using produkey , except for one. That's why having the key is no longer needed.
It's a separate thing altogether. There is, however, a workaround for this: we can activate by phone. Alternative way to get the Windows 8. A million thanks to both of you. I just don't want to have to pay for a new Windows license on top of that; I certainly never needed to with Windows 7 and a product key.
Presumably there will be a new Windows 10 product key provided so clean installs can be performed, alternatively the embedded key might work with Windows 10. It is now even more important to create recovery media after receiving a new Win8 prebuilt computer. Especially not after how their technical support team treated me today. I'm not talking about transferring my copy to a third party user. The installation is safe; it doesn't hide any toolbars or adware.
Usually just a trial version anyway. Write down the information you need or even save the information in a text file. I have no idea what a 3rd party repairer would do in this case. Click Save to File button to save all them to your computer. And this would mean I'd be up a paddle if I'd done the most recent thing the Asus tech support had suggested then, and that was to reinstall my windows because, for some reason, it suddenly stopped letting my printer talk to it.