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Hi guys!

I see that Microsoft in its infinite wisdom has removed oem product key information from laptops...I would imagine the same goes for desktops etc... from what I have read it is programmed into the bios chip to reduce fraud etc....

OK! For Example...

I have a customer that hasn't created their recovery cd's and the hard drive is dead...what happens with a new drive? Will we still be able to install and activate Windows 8? Will the bios chip accept the new drive and still allow activation?

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yes, activation still works. The key is included in the MSDM table inside the UEFI:

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Hi MagicAndre1981 :)

Nice to hear from you....

OK! I missed something in the posts I have been reading about this....I knew that it was encrypted in the bios, and sort of surmised that there must be a way of reading this info...:}


Just so we haven't miss understood each other....or rather that I haven't explained properly....

If the customer hasn't the recovery cd's and that we install a new disk - I should be able to install their version of Windows 8 so that the UEFI reads it and activates it?


Can I ask what software you used to read the MSDM table?

What has happened to the versions of Windows 8 being released like Windows 7 at my digital river?

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PS Noticed that your program was from read and write everything have that now :thumbup

Edited by bookie32, 25 May 2013 - 01:07 AM.


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yes, this tool is called R&W everything. I use it for years to get such data.

There are no digital river links for Win8 ISOs. You need a clean MSDN/Technet ISO (or a ISO with both editions and no ei.cfg)
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Hi MagicAndre1981

Thanks for the info much appreciated :thumbup



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Hi again!

Just one problem that I can see with downloading Windows 8...they don't have a Swedish version....!!



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Just one problem that I can see with downloading Windows 8...they don't have a Swedish version....!!

TechNet has ISO images for the Swedish flavours of Windows 8, here are just hte 64-bit ones:
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Hi Mr Snrub!

How did I miss that.....lol

Thank you!



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yes, activation still works. The key is included in the MSDM table inside the UEFI:

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Seems some of the tabs are now missing in the new version, Magic can you upload the version you are using? ..Thanks, DP



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ok, figured out since I have Win7 machine with 8 running on it is why i dont have a msdm tab .. thanks anyway



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Hi guys!

OK...not doing too well with this utility. I have downloaded the portable 64bit version and start it on a customer's computer - but when I try acpi it freezes while building fpdt table?

The hard drive seems to be busy and I have no Control over the computer at all?

 

What gives?



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Use AIDA64 instead. It also supports reading the key from MSDM Table.


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err, you should block the displayed hex next time too.

its too easy to convert the hex into readable text.


Edited by Joseph_sw, 25 September 2013 - 08:34 PM.


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it's not mine. I did a google search and found this sample picture.


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Should be easy to get the key form the MSDM table, try this: Attached File  MSDM-Key.zip   1.98KB   33 downloads



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NOD32 reports a virus :huh:


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So do you trust NOD32 ?

Anyway does it display the key?


Edited by JFX, 26 September 2013 - 11:48 AM.


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it displays the key if I disable NOD32


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So do you trust NOD32 ?

Anyway does it display the key?

Crashes  if it can't find the MSDM table. Doesn't seem to check on what type of system it is running on.



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click-click, yes it crash on WinXP, have again forgot that there are still XP users.

Anyway I can't compile a NOD32 friendly version, so use this great tool by woot32: Windows-8-Product-Key-Viewer



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click-click, yes it crash on WinXP, have again forgot that there are still XP users.

You mean smart users that still use XP, don't you? ;)

 

:lol:

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You mean smart users that still use XP, don't you? ;)

 

:lol:

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Depends if we mean the same, if we use bold, italic and underlined word.

Actually, i think is smarter to use XPx64 than Vista or Win8 :ph34r:



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click-click, yes it crash on WinXP, have again forgot that there are still XP users.

 

I also have 3 other OSes to choose from, but I just happened to be using XP at the time. I was just curious about what would be reported :lol:


Edited by click-click, 01 October 2013 - 03:27 PM.


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Hi guys!

Wow you have been busy here....lol

Thanks for all the info!

 

bookie32


Edited by bookie32, 03 October 2013 - 12:57 AM.





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