Getting the lost product key of Windows 8 is not a difficult task. We have shared a method here previously to extract Windows 8 (8.1) Product Key without Software using power shell script. But large number of users are reporting few errors with the script and it was generating a code “BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB-BBBBB” which is not a positive sign even though the users are using genuine copy of Windows. So, we would like to share few more methods to help you in getting Windows 8 Product Key on Preloaded Laptop.
Generally, it is tough enough to read the key from the registry (ofcourse not possible) without using any tool. So, let’s see few methods to that fetches or decodes the serial key of Windows 8 from registry.
Method 1: Without using any Software or Tool
Step 1: Copy the below VB code
Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell") MsgBox ConvertToKey(WshShell.RegRead("HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionDigitalProductId")) Function ConvertToKey(Key) Const KeyOffset = 52 i = 28 Chars = "BCDFGHJKMPQRTVWXY2346789" Do Cur = 0 x = 14 Do Cur = Cur * 256 Cur = Key(x + KeyOffset) + Cur Key(x + KeyOffset) = (Cur 24) And 255 Cur = Cur Mod 24 x = x -1 Loop While x >= 0 i = i -1 KeyOutput = Mid(Chars, Cur + 1, 1) & KeyOutput If (((29 - i) Mod 6) = 0) And (i <> -1) Then i = i -1 KeyOutput = "-" & KeyOutput End If Loop While i >= 0 ConvertToKey = KeyOutput End Function
Step 2: Open the Notepad and save the code with the name “TechEmptyKey.vbs“.
Step 3: Now just open this file to see the hidden Windows 8 Product Key. You can even use Ctrl+C to copy the serial key.
Method 2: Using ProduKey
ProduKey is a simple tool that fetches and converts the product key from the Windows registry. Not only while the PC online, it even detects key when the computer dies. Simply connect the hard disk of died PC to working PC then point the hard drive to ProduKey. How simple it was?
Method 3: Using Belarc Advisor
I think its the best option if any of the above methods fails. Download Belarc Advisor and install the tool on PC. While at the installation, it will ask the user to run the system audit report. Allocate some time to this tool that fetches all the profile information on the console.
Here come to the bottom and find “Software Licenses” section to find the Windows 8 Product Key along with all other license information.
Hope these methods will help you to find Windows 8 Product Key on Preloaded Laptop without any hassles. Do comment below if you face any issues with these methods. Also share if you have any trick to share with the community.