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    Lightbulb A Tip for finding your Product ID

    >Regedit>HKLocalMAchine>Software>Microsoft>Windows NT>Current Version>Win8

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    PS: Can't change the heading which has the wrong term. Was meant to be Product Key not ID # ... Although, likely everyone realised that.
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    "ProductID" should not be confused with "Product Key" which is the Windows licence key.
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    Heading, already, amended. But, thank you.

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    Start > Run, winver

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coochin View Post
    "ProductID" should not be confused with "Product Key" which is the Windows licence key.
    True enough, but that registry key actual holds the Windows 8 Product Key, not the Product ID.

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Win8]
    "ProductKey"="X9X9X-9X9X9-X9X9X-99999-XXXXX"
    "EditionId"="Professional"


    That one is altered, or course, but I checked the actual value against my Product Key, and that's what it is.
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    Hey Guys,

    Interesting as my registry does not have that key!

    What I do have is
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\DefaultProductKey]
    "ProductId"="00260-00000-00001-AA973"
    "DigitalProductId"=hex:a4,00,00,00,03,00,00,00,30, 30,32,36,30,2d,30,30,30,30,\
    30,2d,30,30,30,30,31,2d,41,41,39,37,33,00,28,0a,00 ,00,5b,42,6c,75,65,5d,58,\
    ... Goes on for 55 more lines.

    I've got PS code that extracts the actual key from this Registry entry.

    Could this be because I have a machine with UEFI/SecureBoot?
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    Secure boot may have something to do with it, RG. I don't have it enabled on my desktop, or my laptop. I haven't checked the registry key on my laptop, but now I'm curious.
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    I woke my laptop and checked that registry key, it does have it, and it is indeed the Product Key. I don't have secure boot enabled on either desktop or laptop, both were upgrade installs over Windows 7 Home Premium, not OEM pre-installed.
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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    The tile was changed to Product Key. Sorry, bout the wrong term initially. We all know the reference is to the Product Key. Tried to (also) amend the heading, can't. IF someone has the ability, be great if you would amend it, as well. Thereby eliminating any further confusion for anyone. Thanks.

    I looked @ deleting & redoing the thread but, that isn't possible either nor is it preferred.

    Secure Boot or not should have no bearing on this.

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    My W8.1 system has the following entry, but no sign of the product key. There is no sign of a "Win8" key or value.
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion
    ProductName = Windows 8.1

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    My Win 8.1 system is different yet. I have Product Key and Product Key2 but the product key isn't listed in either.
    I do not have Win8 or ProductName=Windows 8.1

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    RetiredGeek,
    Just checked my desktop which is legacy bios not uefi. Win 8 key was there and product key was listed. My guess is that, at least in my case, secure boot does have something to do with how the registry is written.
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    Why not just use third party software - Belarc Advisor, Magic Jellybean keyfinder, Produkey etc.? You can also get Microsoft Office keys from these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew1903 View Post
    The tile was changed to Product Key. Sorry, bout the wrong term initially. We all know the reference is to the Product Key. Tried to (also) amend the heading, can't. IF someone has the ability, be great if you would amend it, as well. Thereby eliminating any further confusion for anyone. Thanks.

    I looked @ deleting & redoing the thread but, that isn't possible either nor is it preferred.

    Secure Boot or not should have no bearing on this.

    Drew
    I edited the title.
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    I'm thinking that whether or not the registry key is Win8 and reveals the Product Key, or the key has another name and reveals the Product ID, has to do with the installation of Windows 8. We know that OEM pre-installations are required by Microsoft to be UEFI with Secure Boot enabled, and must also have the implementation of UEFI capable of disabling Secure Boot.

    Upgrades of Windows 8 can have a range of implementations from an upgrade with much of the pre-existing installation of Windows intact, to what amounts to a clean install of Windows 8, with nothing retained from the previous version of Windows. In my case, on both my desktop and laptop I dual boot, and Windows 7 Ultimate was my primary OS. I upgraded 'the other side' over Windows 7 Home Premium, and chose to retain nothing, amounting to a clean install.

    Neither PC has Secure Boot enabled, nor the Trusted Platform Module enabled. Both systems have since been converted from BIOS/MBR to UEFI/GPT using drive images, with no re-installation required.

    It is unusual for Windows to have the Product Key written to the registry in plain text, and as Jerry pointed out, third party software can ferret out Product Keys. But this is interesting, nonetheless.
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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