Once you download Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 you will require a valid product key. This key is also called Windows activation key or Windows license key. But if you have lost this key then don’t worry because in this post we will explain how to find your Windows 8 Product key.
How To Find Your Windows 8 Product Key
There are three ways to find your Windows 8 Product key, are are explained here. You can also try these methods to locate Windows 8.1 Product Key.
1. Windows 8 Product Key is Embedded in UEFI
In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Pro Microsoft is using UEFI firmware. It is more secure then BIOS. So, if you buy PC with pre installed Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, the product key will be encrypted in their UEFI system.
When you reinstall the same version the UEFI automatically configure already existent Windows 8 Product key. However, it only applies if you are reinstalling same Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 on PC.
If you download different Windows 8 edition or want Windows 10 upgrade then you wont be able to enjoye this facility. Anyhow if your Windows get corrupt and you need a clean reinstall then UEFI firmware will help you.
2. Find Windows 8 Product Key Via Registry
If you want to right down your Windows 8 key then follow these steps;
- Press Windows + R key to open run dialog box.
- Type “regedit” and press enter. This will open Windows registry.
- Find Currentversion from the left list or you can directly enter this path Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion
- Here you will see “ProductId,” file right click on it and select “Modify.
- Note down the 25 digit number this is you Windows 8 Product Key.
3. Use Third Party Product Key Finder Utility
You cannot find Windows 8 Product Key easily because it is hidden in a place which normal users doesn’t know. In order to reeal Windows 8.1 ey you can download third party product key finder apps.
You can use Magical Jellybean KeyFinder, LicenseCrawler or Belarc Advisor. These are reliable Windows product key finder utilities, although some of them are paid apps but still you can use their trial version.
Once you download any of the above utility, install and then run it. It will reveal Windows license key note it down and use it whenever you need it.