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    win8 product number

    My new HP laptop didn't come with the familiar Windows product ID number sticker on the bottem of laptop. I read recently through Mr. Langa that MS includes it somewhere in the OS itself but don't remember where he said I could find it.

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    This little utility might have been mentioned by Fred Langa:


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    PC's and laptops that have the Windows 8 sticker have UEFI/GPT firmware, and the Product Key is in the firmware, so there's no need for a Product Key sticker on the outside.

    In the event of a re-install becoming necessary, the firmware will supply the Product Key in the process.

    I would suggest that one of the first things you need to do is make a full HDD drive image. I use Image for Windows, and it has the capability of capturing the entire HDD, all partitions including the recovery partition and any hidden partitions. I'm sure other imaging software has that same capability.
    Last edited by bbearren; 2013-10-05 at 14:40.
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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