The idea is that by eliminating the sticker, you eliminate one of the easier ways for nefarious users to get a legitimate product key. To create this article, volunteer authors worked to edit and improve it over time. Microsoft lays out your options So what can users do? It isn't printed on the laptop anywhere. Unfortunately, and for the first time, I've noticed that the laptop doesn't come with the usual sticker on the bottom or certificate in the users manual. Make a full image backup of your computer using a backup software that will allow you to copy the image back to your computer later. I personally use this little program to view keys: If you reinstall windows using the recovery partition it wont ask for the key.
My laptop came with Windows 7 pre-installed not Windows 8. Thanks for any help you guys can give! Via Updated November 27, 10:30 a. To sum it up, grab a copy of Win7 Pro, install it and when you don't have a product key to enter call the Activation support phone number. The idea is that by eliminating the sticker, you eliminate one of the easier ways for nefarious users to get a legitimate product key. So, how to add sticky notes in Windows 8? But therein lies the problem for the user. It was integrated with the operating system. Is there any way I could get the original Windows 8 64-bit iso? In case you are not familiar with the downloading this is how you would do it.
These arrow overlays are displayed in various situations and point to the Charms Bar, the apps switching interface in the top left corner, and the new start button in the lower left corner. The problem with this sort product key for Microsoft was that having a key in a visible location made it easy for pirates to get a legitimate activation key for Windows. That's exactly what I've done creating Windows 7 recovery disks from my pre-installed Windows 7. I have also tried this in the hope that the button will be fixed at the bottom and the rest will be given to the ListView. Note: If you purchased a boxed package or digital download of Windows, please visit to download back-up copies of Windows media. On the laptop, look under the battery for the Win8 Pro key - a lot of manufacturers hide it there now.
Not sure about retail media. In this case, the appropriate local Activation Support phone number will be displayed. On a laptop, it is usually on the bottom or even under the battery. Let us know if you can find it that way. Unfortunately, my laptop came without any sticker.
You will have to key in the information beforehand. Windows 8 also has something similar except that you have to add it as an app. But yes, you can do this. So i can just use any windows 8 iso and it will pick it up during reinstallation? Why can't I install Windows 7 from generic media? I have it on my thumb drive and always run it before I wipe a machine that way reinstalling is a breeze. A couple of people posed those same questions on the Microsoft Answers page but have yet to receive answers. You may however have noticed that they come up over and over again, which can be a frustrating experience, especially if you know how to handle those control elements. I'm of course interrested also to understand how Windows 8 will be activated when I will install a clean Windows 8 in the future.
Once you have obtained or found your valid key, you can send it to the Microsoft servers in order to verify your installation. Checking behind the battery is a good idea. Like mentioned earlier it is available as an app in the Windows Store. All of this is good to know, especially before you try imaging. You can even add sticky notes to other applications like Word. Did I miss something or has someone else in a similar situation done this? You can set alignment of all child elements of a DockPanel, for example, so that the button is always at the bottom.
You can even increase or decrease the text size. However, this pre-installed Windows 7 is full of crapwares and bloatwares. Without both key and certificate , it is impossible to activate any Windows installation. Listed below are the steps I followed. When Windows is reinstalled, it is validated using that key. I would like to reinstall it to sell the laptop.
The downgrade process Follow these steps to downgrade to a previous version of Windows or Windows Server software: 1. Most Windows 8 systems that you purchase from a retailer have already been activated and don't require any input from you. So the only way to downgrade them to Windows 7 Pro was to buy a copy of Windows 7 Pro. It should still be listed if you go to 'Computer', then 'System Properties' where it displays the Windows Edition and System Rating and such, scroll down and it will display the windows product key that was used :- Simple as that! Hello, I purchased Lenovo U410 with pre-installed Windows 8 64-bit. Call the number and explain the circumstances.
My retail version always asks for a key, even the oem copy i bought always asks for a key. A third party tool might be the easiest way to get this key. If not, what is Lenovo's response to the system builder violation? A series of zig zag lines and squares will become visible where there previously appeared to be none. I ask this question mostly under the circumstances of home users and very small businesses. A link with this info,. If in doubt use something like magical jellybeans keyfinder and simply write down your key for safe keeping. A StackPanel will expand in the direction of its orientation regardless of the space available and it will expand by the space required to accomodate all its children.