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Questions tagged [product-key]

A product key is a character sequence that acts as the license to a software product, and often required as proof of purchase. Also sometimes known as serial number.

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If I buy a used computer with Windows 8 can I do a fresh install of Windows 10 without having to buy a Windows 10 license?

If I buy a used computer with Windows 8 can I do a fresh install of Windows 10 for free? This would be different from an upgrade in that the fresh install would remove whatever had been on there ...
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Possibly upgraded Windows 7 to Windows 10, but Win7 product key still works? [duplicate]

I wish to install Windows 7 on my mac. I had a copy of Win7 years ago, and I believe I allowed the automatic upgrade to Win10 to happen, on my current PC. Tonight I entered my old Win7 product key ...
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Recognize the product key after a clone? [duplicate]

With windows 10, after a clone in legacy mode, do the PC recognize the product key on the bios by itself or do I need to run the clone in uefi mode to recognize the product key?
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Is Windows 8.1 product key transferrable from a bare metal machine to a virtual machine on top of it? [duplicate]

It is a different situation here: from a bare metal machine to a virtual machine on top of it. The linked post is from a bare metal machine to another bare metal machine. Windows license may have ...
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Will Windows 8.1 remain activated on a copy of a .vdi virtual machine file, if I have stopped running the original .vdi virtual machine?

I have two computers running Ubuntu. In one computer, I created a Windows 8.1 virtual machine in VirtualBox as a .vdi file. I activated it using a product key obtained from my previous school's ...
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Does installation of WIndows from Dreamspark require product key or other kind of license?

I have installed Windows 8.1 a while ago from my school's Dreamspark program. I don't remember it exactly and can't find any product key associated with it, so I wonder how I should provide the ...
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Downgrade Windows 10 Education to Home without clean install

I have a Windows 10 laptop that was preinstalled with Windows 10 Home. Because I use this laptop for college, I have a product key for Windows 10 Education for some extra features (like remote desktop)...
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Recover Windows 8 Product Key after upgrade to windows 10

My PC came preinstalled with windows 8. I upgraded it to windows 10, and linked it to my microsoft account. After this I erased windows 10 from the Hard drive. So now, I want to install windows 7. I ...
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Prevent Windows 10 from activating with Win 8.1 embedded BIOS key? [duplicate]

Let's say I have one of those Windows 8.1 Pro PCs that have the product key embedded in the BIOS. When you install Windows 10 to this, it will activate using that Windows 8.1 BIOS key. However let's ...
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Activating Windows on a vitual machine with the same product key after deactivating from the pre installed version

I am trying to understand the process of activation methods for Windows 10 on a virtual machine. I bought a computer with pre installed windows ( OEM ) version. And then installed Linux on a ...
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Windows 10 pro key installation

I have just purchased a Windows 10 pro key from ebay, and it doesn't work. The seller states that the key will only work on a clean install of windows 10, and not as an upgrade. I have used the ...
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Activate windows 10 after re-installing (I have lost my product key) [duplicate]

I own a Lenovo T430 laptop. In 2017, I installed Windows 10 using my original Windows 7 product key. Unfortunately, I cannot find that product key anymore. I need to re-install windows 10. Will it be ...
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Windows: Upgraded from Win7 Win10 Enterprise for free. Now need to reinstall windows 10

I bought my machine from my employer with WIndows 7 installed (enterprise i believe it was). Microsoft then offered a free upgrade to Windows 10 for free and that offer lasted for a certain time ...
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Retrieve Windows 10 product key from hard drive

Is it possible to retrieve a Windows 10 product key from a hard drive with a valid windows installation on it? I already tried connecting it via USB to another computer and using "ProduKey" software, ...
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How to deactivate a MS Office product key from the Office account?

I want to transfer the product key to a new computer. In my Office account, I have two keys. I have uninstalled the Office on the old PC like a lot of tutorials say. But installing from my account ...

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