[Guide] Recover your Windows product key

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nememo
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February 5th, 2015, 5:51 pm

You Windows product key is stored within the MSDM tables within the EFI - it cannot be rewritten and it is always present. To find it, you need to use RW-Everything: http://rweverything.com/

I use the portable version of RWEverything, but you can also install it.

Open RW everything (don't forget to run as admin), and choose the ACPI button at the top right. A new window will pop open with lots of new tabs:
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Choose the MSDM tab. Your product key can be found on here (I've obscured all but the first part of mine).
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Simples :P
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February 5th, 2015, 7:25 pm

Your OEM ID is different to mine, mine says "ALASKA"
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February 5th, 2015, 7:37 pm

Must be one of the differences between the 7 and 8!
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Rob
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February 5th, 2015, 8:05 pm

Linx 10 are ALASKA as well
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February 6th, 2015, 8:36 am

I find it to be much more straight forward with produkey!


http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

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July 3rd, 2015, 9:50 pm

what can we do with this key?
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July 4th, 2015, 8:21 am

Nothing, however it's known that if you flash/update the bios there's a chance you'll erase the key from the bios and you've lost it forever then.
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July 26th, 2015, 10:07 pm

Reassuringly, I get same answer using both methods.
Also with RWeveryting, just scroll down a bit below screenshot and you will see the key on one line, making it easier to cut and paste.
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September 21st, 2015, 10:33 am

Please excuse my ignorance, I haven't had my Linx 7 very long and haven't had to use any software that expects me to have the right version depending on whether the machine is 32 or 64 bit, as rweverything does. 32 bit OS, x64-based processor says "PC Info" in Win 8.1 with bing. So do I need the 32 bit or the 64 bit version of rweverything ?

And does the "portable" version run from a USB stick ? I have a working USB adapter.

Many thanks

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September 21st, 2015, 5:23 pm

32-bit :)
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