Windows 8 Key Recovery?

Discussion in 'Windows 8 Support' started by GuyBall, Mar 3, 2013.

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    So, I recently bought a Lenovo Y500 with Windows 8 OEM preinstalled. Since it came with a couple of partitions with 500 GB each, I thought I'd resize the partition and create space for new drives. And that certainly didn't go well and my system's stuck at sad face now :(

    Now my problem is this - my Windows 8 product key isn't listed on any labels - apparently it's embedded within the bios. So now that I lost my partition and do everything from scratch, how do I retrieve my Windows 8 key? Any ideas?
     
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    Nope it doesn't. If it's lost then it's finished? Have I just lost my licensed OEM copy? :(
     
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    I know of it, Davey - but that isn't of any use if I can't boot into Windows 8, is it? My partitions are well and truly lost. I hear the key is embedded within the bios in OEM version?
     
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    If the "Novo" key, as explained on page 24 of this document here https://www.lenovo.com/shop/americas/content/user_guides/y400_y500_ug_en.pdf
    no longer works then you will likely need to contact lenovo, explain what has transpired and see if they can help you with a resolution, perhaps they can provide the necessary media on DVD or for download through a discrete source to get you up and running again.
    Keep us posted.
    Regards
    Randy
     
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    Stoopid! I wrote in haste.
    I wonder, If Troubles solution doesn't go through, if you installed an inactivated copy on one of your usable hds, then ran jelly bean to search the busted OS?
     
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    I guess that's the best shot, but Lenovo support isn't exactly the greatest, and I'd have to bear with a lot of stoopid, if you know what I mean. If we could settle this here, then it'd be great, or I'd have to contact them, I suppose.

    Oh no probs, davey. :)
    Interesting - would it work if, say, I install Windows 7 evaluation version and then run Jelly bean on it? If it would, then it would be great. I'll give it a shot first, I suppose.
     
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    Try. No harm done and (hoping) a lot of good.
     
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    I guess :) It's at Lenovo service center right now (who're clueless, by the way), so I'll try that out and mail support if that doesn't work out. Will let you know how it went, obviously.

    Thanks again, davey!
     
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    Consider calling them to accelerate the progress, I never had any success using mail support with big computer manufacturers (like Dell). They pretty much respond really late or never respond at all. Just call them for instant assistance.
     
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    Run this vbs script to get the product key in your bios & try it in the window that pops up.

    ShowKey.vbs
     
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    The OP hasn't come back since March, so I am sure he got his problem solved.
     
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    Alot of bad information here, avoid downloading any scripts from unknown sources, best to contact mfr and order recovery s/w. Havent seen any win 8 keys, dont think mfr are supporting us like they used to.
     
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