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Product key in registry does not correspond with product key in BIOS

Q: Product key in registry does not correspond with product key in BIOS

I have been reading posts on seven-/eight-/tenforums for years with pleasure and gratitude for all the solutions they provided. But my current issue is one of the strangest things I've encountered in all these years. Have been searching through a lot of posts but haven't found any similar issue (or solution for it) yet. So here it goes.

Symptom: the OEM product key in the registry of a Windows 7 Pro installation (laptop) does not correspond with the OEM product key in the laptop's BIOS.

Here's the situation in short. It concerns a laptop from a student friend of mine who asked me to upgrade her current Windows 7 Pro x64 OS to Windows 10. She couldn't tell me if the installation was the original OEM factory partition or if it (perhaps) could be a pirated version. Since I wasn't about to just upgrade to Windows 10 without checking the authenticity of the Windows 7 OS, I performed the regular checks: see if it was activated already by running the "Activate Windows" program (check), check under Control Panel -> System and Maintenance -> System tab if the OS was already activated (check) and run Microsoft's online Validation Tool (check). Everything seems fine, the OS is activated and genuine.

Still, the COA sticker was missing. My friend didn't have any physical recovery media or other stuff with a license sticker on it. So I thought I'd check the product key stored in the BIOS and compare it with the product key in the registry. If they'd correspond, all would be well.

However, things turned out differently. After retrieving the product key from the registry with several programs (Magical Jellybean Key Finder, Belarc Advisor and Windows Product Key Finder Pro), I compared it with the BIOS product key (retrieved with NeoSmart Technologies' Windows OEM Product Key Tool). Result: they did not correspond. I couldn't believe it at first and double checked it with another program that retrieves both the registry product key and the BIOS product key and lists it in one table (One Up's Recover Keys). It confirmed my initial result.

I know that it's possible to run a pirated version that is activated and appears to be genuine and pass the validation tool. And since it's a students' laptop, I can't rule this out. But it could also be possible that another genuine OEM version has been installed on the laptop (and thus activated and genuine). And that's why I want to be absolutely sure I'm doing the right thing with upgrading to Windows 10. Therefore, I'm a bit stuck in my upgrade decision process.

My questions are:

1. Should I just upgrade to Windows 10 on the current Windows 7 OS without knowing if the latter is truly genuine or not? I suppose that the Windows 10 upgrade will complete successfully since the current Windows 7 OS has passed the validation tool, but this is merely a prediction. I haven't tried upgrading a pirated Windows 7/8/8.1 OS, so I'm not sure what happens in such a situation.

2. If the first question is answered positive, will the Windows 10 upgrade use the registry product key of the Windows 7 installation (and register the laptop hardware on the MS servers and tie the new Windows 10 license to the laptop hardware config based on that registry product key)?

3. If second question is answered negative, will the Windows 10 upgrade use the BIOS product key?

4. I know that since the Windows 10 November update, it is not necessary anymore to upgrade from the Windows 7 OS first and then wipe everything for a clean full Windows 10 install. As I've read, one can immediately start with a clean full Windows 10 install and then enter the Windows 7 product key when prompted to enter a key during the install process. With this in mind, would it be sensible to immediately do a clean full Windows 10 install and enter the BIOS product key since this key is originally tied to the laptop hardware (and completely disregard the registry product key of the current Windows 7 OS)?

I realize these are a lot of questions, my apologies for this. But this situation has been boggling my mind for the past five hours. Hopefully you could help me out. Thanks in advance.

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A windows 7 key is not stored or shown in the bios.

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Hello,I decided to update my BIOS and I follow HP instruction on this page. I understand everything but when I get to the point where I am supposed to identify my product I get stuck. Because: When I fill my product number (which is A1GOOES) I am told by the webpage that my notebook is HP Pavilion g6-1a01 however I am really sure that my notebook is ProBook 4530s (it is written ON it and also it written in "System information").Hence, the problem is I cannot decide which update of BIOS I should download. I understand that updating BIOS is a serious issue so I write to you before I do some action. curr. ver of bios: HP 68SRR ver. F.27 (23.5.2012).Thanks everyone who can provide some help!

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problem is when I was buy a dell laptop that have come with preloaded os (windows 8 )I have available product id but product key not available. now my head drive damaged. Now how to load window 8 OS use previous product key.


How to now my product key using product id :00326-10000-00000-AA870

One time I was replace motherboard on that  laptop on warrienty periode. that time they give me a window product key with seal pack. now when I will go to load window 8 useing that product key my laptop has not accepet that product key

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Has Microsoft changed something in the latest April Windows Updates?
I create a default Windows 8 Enterprise VL image on my laptop in audit mode as I have always done previously.  Nothing has changed from my side.
When I install the image via WDS, everything installs fine.
When I use my WIM file to install via USB, it now comes up with:
The product key entered does not match any of the Windows images available for installation. Enter a different product key.
right after selecting the install language.
I have checked EI.cfg and it is normal:
[EditionID]
Enterprise
[Channel]
Volume
[VL]
1
I then tried adding PID.TXT with my Enterprise KMS key and, rather than error it then prompts me for a product key.
Surely using the VL install media it should never ask for a product key.  It never has before. (And I've never had to before)
I prepped the image as normal using:
C:\Windows\System32\Sysprep\Sysprep /generalize /oobe /shutdown /unattend:C:\Windows\win8unattend.xml
Any ideas?  I can't but help thinking something has changed in the latest batch of Windows Updates.  It's quite frustrating as not all my machines are capable of PXE, so I have to use USB.
The reason I think it is a recent change, is if I do a default install and DO NOT do any Windows Updates, it all works fine.  Only when I install the latest WU does it start doing this.

A:[NEW] The product key entered does not match any of the Windows images available for installation. Enter a different product key.

OK, So I've fixed it now, but I will still like to know WHY this has changed.

If i do this to my WIM, it then installs from USB:

imagex /flags "Enterprise" /info c:\temp\WIM\ME\install.wim "Win8Office2013Enterprise-x86" "Win8Office2013Enterprise-x86"

I wonder because I use the WDS capture image if this has somehow changed recently.
Very annoying, but now at least I can install my custom image :)

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I picked up this lenovo laptop and shortly after I got it the HDD went out. I replaced the HDD and Installed a full version of Windows XP SP2 then used the Win 7 upgrade disc I bought. I did a clean install of the Win 7 then I activated it at that time without any issues. Some time after that I started getting the message it wasn't a genuine copy. I rearmed the time period but I'm not able to activate the copy again with the PID. I get the message this product is for upgrade and not a clean install. I need to find out if I will be able to register this copy or if I will need to start over from scratch. I did try putting in another PID but it didn't activate with it. I haven't been able to change the PID back due to the message I am getting about the upgrade not clean install.

I appreciate any help I can get with this issue.

Code:

Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
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Windows Validation Data-->
Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-GJY49-VJBQ7-HYRR2
Windows Product Key Hash: W5/6nm6F2UPXrCkY5xUhXb/+21g=
Windows Product ID: 00426-OEM-8992662-00006
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010100.1.0.001
ID: {B7CDA3F9-04BA-4675-9B81-E8C61611D67C}(3)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Ultimate
Architecture: 0x00000009
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A:Product key giving product is upgrade not clean install on activation

Code:
Windows Product ID: 00426-OEM-8992662-00006
Thats an Acer OEM. You cannot install it on a Lenova.

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Below is the log from the MGAD tool 
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Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
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Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-Q2689-2C82G-GMRW8
Windows Product Key Hash: Lj5nwNsdaALlAQIdzGCMT8Pzv/w=
Windows Product ID: 00426-070-1693196-86529
Windows Product ID Type: 5
Windows License Type: Retail
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010100.1.0.001
ID: {55142440-ABD1-4BB0-A4A3-DA87EAD87620}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Ultimate
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_ldr.170913-0600
TTS Error: 
Validation Diagnostic: 
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
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If you're like me you've never even noticed the Sticky thread called "X1 Convertible Ideation". Behind that kind of odd name lies an entire forum section for discussing future products and product improvements, and presumably Lenovo reads it. If you have product improvement ideas or feedback about exisiting products, please post there. And while you're at it, vote for some of the posted ideas.  Link to the Feedback forum: https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/ThinkPad-X1-Convertible-Ideation/idb-p/id_tp01_en 

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So short story, I work at a college tech site that fixes student and faculty computers. A foreign exchange student from Japan with a Sony Vaio (most likely from Japan as well) managed to get a virus on his computer and he was blocked off our network. Our policy is that we wipe and reinstall the OS to ensure that the virus is gone. However, we didn't have any Windows 7 Home Prem media CDs so I downloaded a Win7 Home Prem 32bit iso off of MSDN and burnt it to disk. However, when entering the product key given on the bottom of the laptop(and I've checked 3 times now to make sure it's correct), I get a:

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Yes, you need a Japanese iso, they have regional editions.

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I recently purchased a Precision M6800 (probably one of the last ) and now want to add an external slice-type battery. I did some searches on DELL web sites (my local Belgium one and some international ones) and on the www. This resulted in several product codes for what seem to be the same, or at least similar products: 451-11831 / 451-BBGJ / 312-1351. Can anyone tell me if those are all the same, or at least compatible products ? And more importantly: is any of those (or all 3) really the slice-type battery I am looking for to attach to the docking connector of my M6800 ?
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Thanks

A:Retrieve Product Key from Registry ?

Hello leachim

Well, here is a tip I picked up somewhere. I don`t know if it works, but it won`t do any harm.

You will need to search the XP installation CD from another machone.

1) Insert Windows XP cd into a working computer.
2) Exit the Autorun introduction.
3) Open "My Computer"
4) Right Click on the Windows XP cd-rom drive and select explore.
5) Open the USWXP32P_ZX folder.
6) Open the sysprep folder.
7) Open unattend.txt
Your CD's product key is contained within the unattend.txt file.
Note: On some system disks, USWXP32P_ZX is a hidden folder. If you cannot locate the folder, you may also search for unattend.txt and mark "Search Hidden Files".
As best I am aware, this should work on Microsoft Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional, and OEM versions of Windows XP from restore disks.

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Hi Guys.
Can anyone tell me how to recover/change windows cd key from registry?
it's urgent.

Thanks and Regards,

Scorpion king!

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it's seems impossible taht you can change from regsitry.

why not use jellybeans or portrockXP ?
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A:Retrieve Product Key from Registry ?

I will PM it to you
 

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I can ask to have your issue escalated. You should be contacted by an HP representative someone over the next few days.

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A:product key: sticker on laptop key is different from actual product key???

The product key is encrypted in the Registry, so maybe one of those commands/utilities has the wrong encryption algorithm.

If you bought new the key on the sticker on the laptop is your personal unique key and the one in the system is the OEM's "volume license" key.
 

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I have had to put a new hard drive in my laptop after the original one failed.
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> . I tried the key from the bottom of the laptop, but this does not work

The Windows product key on the bottom side of your notebook is an OEM license key. That means this can?t be used with other Windows versions.

> What to i do?

To buy Windows key or order a recovery disk if available:

https://backupmedia.toshiba.eu/landing.aspx

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my product id is 00426-292-0000007-85998. what is my product key?

A:my product id is 00426-292-0000007-85998. what is my product key?

Hi,


It is impossible to find your product key us this way.


You can refer to How to identify, locate, and replace a product key


Hope this helps




Vincent Wang
TechNet Community Support

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What happens if I choose to replace the existing HD in the PC after a HD failure or if I want a larger HD in the PC? Will the product key on the affixed COA work?

Should I, for the moment, 1) attempt to reactivate the OS with the product key on the affixed COA; 2) do nothing; 3) or something else?

Thank you, in advance, for comments, suggestions, or pointers to an appropriate tutorial.

A:COA product key and installed product key discrepancy

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Quote: Originally Posted by HenriK37


On a recently purchased, from a supplier believed to be reputable, refurbished 64 bit, Win 7-Pro, computer, the product key shown on the affixed COA and the product key retrieved with Magical Jelly Bean are different. In various places I have searched, I think I have learned that this often happens when big refurbishers use special OEM product keys when they refurbish PCs and install newer operating system software. Is this information still correct?

Not positive, but I think so.

What happens if I choose to replace the existing HD in the PC after a HD failure or if I want a larger HD in the PC? Will the product key on the affixed COA work?

The Product Key on the COA should work regardless of what hard drive you use.

Should I, for the moment, 1) attempt to reactivate the OS with the product key on the affixed COA; 2) do nothing; 3) or something else?

Do nothing if Windows is currently activated and all is working well. If you ever have to re-install Windows, re-activate it using the Product Key on the COA sticker.

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Hello Lee,

As long as you purchased a retail Windows 7 Pro, then yes you should be able to just change the key to the new one to activate with it.

Product Key Number - Change

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I will not question whether this is legal or illegal. This comes from Microsoft:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q328874

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We then rebooted and was asked for a valid key.

I do not remember the steps as it was quite some time back and I saw no reason to keep notes on it.

Microsoft asked no questions about why he attempted piracy. I think they are just happy to get the money.
 

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Hi
i have windows 7 product id how to convert this to product key ? I am already format this laptop, but i keep only the Product ID. any way to convert Product
ID to Product Key?
 
My Product Id like this : 00000-OEM-0000000-00000
my lap top details : Dell Inspiron, 3rd Gen

Adv thanks for help...

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Tijosfx
As far as I know there is no way to "convert" it.  That would make it way too easy for the illegal use of them.Wanikiya and Dyami--Team Zigzag

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Problem: People were stealing, (jotting down, or taking pictures of), Windows Product Keys.
 
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Hello.
My friend came to me looking for help with formatting his old laptop (ASUS A52J).

I downloaded Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder to find out the product key, and then formatted the hdd.
We re-installed the OS (Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit) and tried to activate it with the key. Sadly the key didn't work.

I figured that they key in BIOS would do the trick, so I downloaded and installed RWEverything and launched it. I went to 'ACPI Tables' but the 'MSDM' tab was missing. (By the way, why is it missing?) So I can't find the key using RWEverything. (Unless I'm doing something wrong?)

Now I wonder if anyone knows of any other way to extract the OS key from BIOS?
Thanks in advance. =)

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Hello and sorry for the wait - mate the only way that I know of fixing this by phoning Microsoft and quoting the product key - if you get lucky you might be able to get them to let you activate the machine or just get an OEM or if you have the activation code on a sticker on that machine then use this
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/219487-clean-reinstall-factory-oem-windows-7-a.html borrow a friends installation disk and use the ie.cfg removal tool to get the original version n that machine (see this in the tutorial) .

See this http://lifehacker.com/5438005/eicfg-removal-utility-lets-you-use-any-product-key-with-your-windows-7-disc but it MUST be the original version that was installed on that machine. So if for example it was Home Premium then you must only use Home Premium

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i have HP Envy Ultrabook4-1066tx recently i updated bios with this update pack "sp60574"every thing went ok but after restart the screen turned black and CAPS blink thrice.i tried all the soloution but nothing works for me. HP Service center suggest me to replace moterboard.i took my laptop to  local repair center and they reburn ,2 bios chips located on the board, and my laptop working againnow the problem is that it took more seconds to show display then before (e.g 10 sec now but before it took in 3 sec)and my product name also changed from "HP Envy Ultrabook4-1066tx" to  "HP Envy Ultrabook4-1056tx"

A:Product Name change after rewriting Bios

Hi @MurtazaKhn  , I have brought your issue to the attention of an appropriate team within HP. They will likely request information from you in order to look up your case details or product serial number. Please look for a private message from an identified HP contact. Additionally, keep in mind not to publicly post serial numbers and case details.I just sent you a private message. If you are not sure how to check your forum messages, this post has instructions.

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Hi all,
I have a Alienware X51.
Recently, i have issued some problems which eventually led me to restore the fabric image by using Alien Respawn.
After restoring the pc, I installed windows' updates normally.
I'm not sure wether the problem came after the restoration or the updates, but now my windows 8 isn't activated anymore, as:

In the low-left corner of the screen it is written "Windows 8 Build 9200"
If i follow "control panel -> system -> Windows Activation", it says "Serial Number: Not available"
Sometimes, it randomly appears a menu which says "go to settings to activate your windows". If I click the button to do it, nothing happens.

I read that in Dell PCs the Windows activation number is imprinted in the BIOS, but it seems that something went wrong with the restoration: what to do?
Thank you

A:Windows 8 Product Key left my BIOS

Hi,
Thank you for writing to us!
We would request you to contact tech support via telephone or write and email to [email protected]
Thanks
Robin

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Hello all,

I recently purchased a computer from CowBoom and it states that it comes with a BIOS sticker located near the battery. When I boot up the computer, I get the following message "press any key to boot from floppy mbr error". I have the product key from underneath but anything I try to press doesn't seem to work.

I tried pressing F2 as soon as the Toshiba symbol pops up but this gives me a blue screen with a large gray box that just gives me info about the computer's SSD, date, time, etc. F12 brought up a small gray box that gave some information about the hard drive and somewhere it states "enter setup" but when I press enter nothing happens. I am in desperate need of some help. Many thanks.
 

A:BIOS sticker has Product Key but where to enter?

I'd be sending it back as defective. If you're having a problem already who knows what other problems are lurking in the shadows.
 

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How to delete previous Product Key in bios and embed new product key in bios (HP Pro 610 tablet...(z3795)

A:Embed new Product Key in Bios (HP Pro Tablet 610)

Sorry, but that is above and beyond the scope of this forum.   That is a proprietary process involving proprietary software.   An HP Service Center or an HP partner have the software to effect changes to the BIOS. Here is an explanation of how it is done.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BIOS#SLIC  

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how to delete old windows 8 product key in bios
because i can't install again win 8
product key not match error

A:how to delete old windows 8 product key in bios

Hi snim
I would like to know the version of windows 8 you are using.

You have bought a Dell system with windows 8 pre-stalled on it?
You have upgraded to windows 8?
Is this a retail system?

Please reply if you have any further questions
Thanks & Regards Prateek K #iworkfordell
For easy access to drivers, manuals and product updates, please visit our Support Site .
 

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My motherboard died so I replaced it with one from another system I have. But I now have to re-activate Windows 10 (I upgraded from 8.1 a few days before the MB died). It won't let me without a Windows product key - which is stuck in the BIOS of the OLD (dead) motherboard? How can I get access to it? 

A:how to get windows product key when motherboard/bios not wor...

Martin, welcome to the forum. I suggest that you contact Microsoft Customer Support for help.  They will be able to help you solve your problem.  I don't believe there is any way to access the BIOS in a failed motherboard. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

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Hello,Did many searches to find an answer but nothing on this exact issue showed.AMD64 win8.1 oemAfter BIOS upgrade (a2cn45ww) on my g50-45 I noticed the product key has been replaced with a line of zeros on the system info bios screen. Also my windows 8.1 app store fails to load and tells me this windows version is no longer supported. The key still shows up on win system info screen. Is this normal or am I going to have issues if need to reinstall win 8.1?

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My brand new Thinkcentre M7 10S have issues. When I turn on the power a sharp beeping sound is heard and then a black screen appears telling me tha the serial number is invalid. How do retrieve it, and how do I insert this number?  

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please help, i lost my bios serialnumber and product model info when i ran an antimalware (adwcleaner)

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i bought a HP desktop computer (HP Prodesk 600G1). from a lightning strike the main board busted. i bought a new main board how do i input the previous Genuine product key in to the bios. ( My OS is windows 8.1) please help on this.

A:how do i input the previous Genuine product key in to the bios

Hi Welcome to Seven Forums ... First the old OEM Product Key will not work on a new Motherboard ..

Impossible to put a Product Key in to the BIOS this is done with special tools ..

Also it would be illegal ...

I am sure HP have been helpful with replacing the Board and a new Product Key ...

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I wanna dual boot Windows 8 Consumer Preview with my existing OS, Windows 7 Home Premium. I have created the necessary partitions and also created the bootable pendrive from the ISO downloaded.

When I begin the installation, everything goes fine until the Product Key screen comes up. I have tried 'NF32V-Q9P3W-7DR7Y-JGWRW-JFCK8' and 'DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J' but I get an error message saying 'We couldn't verify the product key. Check the installation media'
When I enter a random product key like '00000-00000-00000-00000-00000' it gives a message saying that the product key is wrong, but when I enter the correct product key I get the error message which I have put in bold statements above.

What shall I do? Please help.

Regards,
Abhishek Sharma

A:Windows 8 Product Key Error: "We couldn't verify the product key"

Hello Abhishek, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The latest version of Windows 8 is currently the Release Preview. You might consider installing it instead.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/3997-windows-8-release-preview-download.html

Hope this may help,
Shawn

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Windows 8 moves to BIOS-based product keys
Product keys for Windows 8 computers aren't printed on a sticker.
They're encrypted in the BIOS. How might that affect you?

My question: is this possible..?? Can a OS write to BIOS..??
If it true you can NEVER switch to a other OS..!!! You need to buy a new PC...

Source: Windows 8 moves to BIOS-based product keys | Windows 8 - CNET Reviews

A:Windows 8 moves to BIOS-based product keys....

If it burned it to BIOS once it can be burned again.

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Hi. I have an acer aspire computer with corrupted key windows files. So i am unable to even boot windows. When i start windows i get a BSOD. Now first of all i dont think this is an issue that should be posted in the BSOD section of the forum and i will explain.

What i am trying to do is retreive my product key from the BIOS with a program that is bootable outside of windows. Like from a USB for example.

My intention is to restore my computer with a clean install by downloading my windows 8 version on another computer to a usb through the windows website after i retreive my product key. Then use this usb to install my windows 8 version back onto the BSOD computer. But as i have stated, i am unable to use the conventional product key finding programs since i cant even boot windows 8. Any help on finding a program like this would be appreciated

A:Finding windows 8 product key in the bios on a bsod comp

You might ask why i wouldnt just order restore disks from my manufacturer, and i already have. Haha. But i am an impatient person and want to see if i can fix my windows 8 this way. Thank you

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i have hp pavilion dv6t-7000 laptop ichanged the motherboard now error come in startup invalid product information i need the hp dmi tool to fix this problem please have solution for the tell me thanks

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Hi, My laptop suddenly started giving problem like "Product information is missing or invalid" which includes serial number, product ID, and other things too. I tried using wndmifit, nbdmifit etc but not able to set things up, wndmifit says that the laptop board is not supported. Please help me in configuring this.  Thanks

A:HP 14 ab157tx Bios error PRODUCT INFORMATION INVALID, serial...

Please Help, it's quite urgent

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