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How to recover Windows 8/8.1 OEM product key from BIOS

Why is Windows product key important?

If you want to reset, reinstall or upgrade your Windows 8/8.1, the Windows product key is required.
For example, your Windows 8 has random booting problems and in an unstable state, your IT friend recommends you to reset/reinstall your Windows 8 to solve the problem.
When you want to download the Windows 8 ISO from Microsoft website, the Windows product key is required. After booting from the Windows installation DVD or USB disk, the Windows product key also need to be inputted correctly before doing the actually reset or reinstallation.
If you want to upgrade your Windows 8 to Windows 10, the Windows product key is also essential.

Where is Windows product key stored?
On previous Windows, you can find a sticker with printed Windows product key on a sticker on the side of your desktop computer or on the back your laptop.
Also, after the Windows is registered, the Windows product key is stored in the registry file.
However, on Windows 8/8.1 laptop, you maybe cannot find the sticker with Windows product key. Even, the Windows product key is not stored in the Windows registry file. The OEM Windows 8/8.1 product key may be stored on the BIOS.

To get Windows 8/8.1 product key from Windows registry files, most of product key finder freeware can do it. But, if the Windows product key is stored in the BIOS, you need Lazesoft Windows Key Finder or Lazesoft Recovery Suite to help you to recover Windows 8/8.1 OEM product key from BIOS.

 

How to recover Windows 8/8.1 OEM product key from BIOS

There are ways on several different situations, you can easily and fast get the Windows 8/8.1 product from BIOS.

How to recover Windows 8/8.1 OEM product key from BIOS, when Windows is running fine

  1. Download Lazesoft Windows Key Finder on the computer, where you want to recover Windows product key from.
  2. Run it and you will see a window listed with Windows product keys found on the BIOS and registry files. You can copy/save the found Windows product key or print the key on a paper.

How to recover Windows 8/8.1 OEM product key from BIOS, when Windows is not booting normally

  1. Download Lazesoft Recovery Suite Home Edition on another working computer.
  2. Install the downloaded setup file.
  3. Click the button <Build Boot Disk> on the home page of Lazesoft Recovery Suite and follow the Lazesoft Media Builder wizard to build a Lazesoft boot disk.
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  5. Reset the BIOS or boot menu to reboot the unbootable Windows 8/8.1 computer from the Lazesoft boot disk.
  6. Click the <Password Recovery> button on the home page of Lazesoft boot disk, after the boot disk is loaded.
  7. Choose <Recover Windows Product Key> option on the home page of Lazesoft Password Recovery and then click the <Next> button.
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  9. Then you will see, Lazesoft program searches the Windows key product key from registry files and BIOS, and list them all in a list.
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How to recover Windows 8/8.1 OEM product key from BIOS, When the system volume even the whole disk is formatted

If the Windows 8/8.1 system volume or whole disk is formatted, you may think that recovering the Windows product key is impossible. But, actually, the Windows 8/8.1 OEM product key might be stored in the BIOS, with Lazesoft boot disk, you can still get the product key. The following are the basic steps:

  1. Find a working computer to download, install and run the new version of freeware Lazesoft Recovery Suite Home Edition.
  2. Build a boot CD/DVD/USB disk using Lazesoft Recovery Suite.
  3. Reboot the formatted Windows 8/8.1 computer from the Lazesoft Recovery Suite boot disk.
  4. Use the <Password Recovery> -> <Recover Windows Product Key> function on the Lazesoft boot disk to get and show the Windows 8/8.1 product key from BIOS.

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