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Just curious have this laptop I was to fix up and sell just needs a hard drive replace. The hdd went bad so it has to be replaced. The problem is the windows tag on the back is warn out so I don't know the key. But there is manufacture s/n and all still on the back. Is there anyway to get the windows key?
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Ive used Magic Jelly Bean in the past without problem. Dont do an express install, however. It will load your machine up with a bunch of toolbar garbage. I guess it doesnt matter much if you're reformatting, but I still dont trust that stuff. Jelly bean itself seems fine though.

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The hard drive has already been wiped though frown.gif Would it be tied to the system bios or anything?
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post #4 of 14
No. If you wiped the HDD, have no recovery CD built for it, and can't read the sticker -- you're out of luck. Your only hope is contact the original manufacturer and see if they have the key on-file for your system. If not, you need a new license.

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Originally Posted by emeraldage View Post

The hard drive has already been wiped though frown.gif Would it be tied to the system bios or anything?

NO only windows 8 keys stick to the bios if you buy a system pre-installed with windows 8.

If the s/n and a call to your maker doesn't have a key on hand, your out of luck.
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srsly gais
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Yeah, bummer eh. First thing I do when I get a new system that has pre-installed OS is snap a picture of that sticker, or in the case of laptops - write the number down on a sticker and put it INSIDE the battery compartment. Every one I've seen that's stuck on the bottom has worn away after a few months of use and can't be read.

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As the other guy said, the Magic Jelly Bean KeyFinder is worth a try.
It has worked for me in the past. I'd recommend it.
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I had a very similar experience once when doing a reformat. The label was unreadable when it came time to enter it. I thought about a few options. Eventually, I decided to call Microsoft. I didn't expect much, and I was completely truthful with the agent on the phone. She asked me a few questions; where did I buy it, how long ago, etc. In the end, she seemed satisfied with my answers and simply gave me a new Activation Code right over the phone. I was surprised, but very thankful. Call them if you can't figure it out. They may help you like they helped me.

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As the other guy said, the Magic Jelly Bean KeyFinder is worth a try.
It has worked for me in the past. I'd recommend it.

Only works when the OS is running, OP has already wiped his HDD clean.
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