For specific reasons I cannot sell it with this copy of 7 on it and need to reload it with the original vista. Lenovo said they had no way of finding it. Let me quickly show you how: First of all, download the proper version from its Download page. The problem became obvious at that point. All you need is access to the disk drive from a working computer. The logic for this answer is simple: if you don't make the recovery disks for your machine then either way you will be buying them or buying a fresh Windows license to then use your own disk. Also: even using a key finding software won't give you a valid key to use before you reformat.
The factory install uses a built in key, not the one on the sticker, so the key on the sticker means nothing to them. Also, when I searched for how to change the product key I came upon this page but do not have the Change Product Key option where this article says that I should. You can call Microsoft at +1 800 936-5700. I wonder if this utility works with machines running Windows 8. She is killing me with mistakes on licensing issues.
Similarly, if you wish to upgrade your legal and activated Windows 7 or 8. Belarc Advisor: Another freeware utility for personal use only that creates a detailed report of your installed software, hardware, Antivirus Status, etc. Not sure if that's the case for Windows 10 or not. Only a few manufactures ever did that. There are a few ways to access this product key if you want to see it.
More details on the may be found. Save the keys to the thumb drive We ran into a similar problem with some Lenovo desktops we purchased. The issue here is that there simply is no product key. But if not For example, how can I retrieve the key from a downgraded machine that runs Windows 7? Wow, so now we get no installation media and no product key. If you have purchased Windows 8 from a retail store, you are safe and can use the same Windows 8 product key again and again and on multiple computer not simultaneously. The answer, if you ever want to put Windows 7 back on it, is that you need a volume license key.
I just don't quite understand Microsofts activation process. I mention the old mobo because the problem has been the same. Inconvenient, but not a problem. So if your hard drive dies and you don't happen to have the backup disks made you'll have a nice brick. I know others did, so maybe they did, but I don't think I ever saw one from them. So if for example, I buy a new laptop for my personal use, that has Windows 8 Pro on it, and I want to install Windows 7 Pro.
Windows 10 Product Key Tool Windows 10 Product Key Tool is a newly released utility from the developer behind the very popular. The problem became obvious at that point. There was no reason for them to, so why would they? Oh, I just re-read it an realized you might want it for the Windows 7 license. We then image them with our corporate image and give them out to the staff. On the laptop, look under the battery for the Win8 Pro key - a lot of manufacturers hide it there now.
These methods are a lifesaver for every Windows user and they just need a couple of steps. Do some Googling, look through previous posts on here about it, or look back through my history here. Any ideas what else we can do? I know Windows computes some kind of system description and sends it to Microsoft, so if too much hardware changes, Microsoft will think it's a new system and require you reactive windows. How to retrieve the Windows 8. Please note that Microsoft does not provide a full product key in this scenario. Chris Microsoft wrote: Basically you need the media and key for Windows 7 Pro.
This means that if your computer dies or you buy a new computer while disposing off the old one, you will be able to use the same Windows 8 product key which was installed in the dead computer. The downgrade process Follow these steps to downgrade to a previous version of Windows or Windows Server software: 1. We are wanting to take one of these systems out of the box, and upgrade it to Windows 10. Belarc and ProduKey pulled it from the registry. The factory install uses a built in key, not the one on the sticker, so the key on the sticker means nothing to them. Solution Here are some ways to get your Windows 10 product key: Where Is The Sticker On My Computer? The main intention for this change by Microsoft is to limit the number of keys being compromised.