Belarc query

  Ozy 21:31 10 Nov 2012

belarc advisor gives a totally different key number to the key number I installed Windows 8 on, this also applies to my second computer, and Windows 7 on my laptop. has anyone tried to install with a belarc key, would it work? I ask only as a passing interest

  lotvic 21:37 10 Nov 2012

Are all these installs ones you have done from a DVD and typed in the product key? or did second pc and laptop come pre installed and product key is different to the sticker on case?

My retail W7 that I installed from DVD matches with key that SIW (free) finds. I haven't tried it with belarc.

Have you tried any other key finders to see if you still get same result?

  Ozy 22:38 10 Nov 2012

firstly, the Windows 7 I upgraded from was retail, and the windows 8 is also a 50quid retail, I have just tried Magic Jelly Bean, and that gave me a completely different number

  lotvic 23:44 10 Nov 2012

I have no problem finding my Dell oem pre-installed pre-activated product key for XP. Although that key will not be accepted for an install from DVD and I would have to use the key on the case sticker.

  lotvic 00:13 11 Nov 2012

I didn't mention Windows 8 rdave13, (you seem to be a bit tetchy these days?) I thought it was known that the free keyfinders will return a wrong key for W8.

However they should work ok for W7. I can't doublecheck on that as am a harddrive short at mo' as grandchildren got click happy at half term... :(

  lotvic 01:20 11 Nov 2012

My W7 is retail. I had xp on separate harddrive, swapped over and set up for lads as it works better for their games. Little tykes plugged my w7 hdd in as well... now seems dead as dodo. Am waiting for delivery new drives to restore image to. Mental note to self - make sure hdd's are safely under lock and key and not in same room. Am counting my blessings that my data is on a different hdd and is intact (and it's backed up to an ext harddrive as well)

I don't know much of anything about w8 other than w8 oem pre-installed has the product key in bios and inserts key without user input if o/s is reinstalled. Don't think you even get a sticker with key on case.

That doesn't apply to upgrades obviously.

  lotvic 12:05 11 Nov 2012

rdave13, re: grandchildren and now seeminly dead harddrive - youngest one had chucked it about methinks - anyway it doesn't spin up.

Ozy, re W8 and keys, I need to do a lot more learning before I understand how it works with each type. But in general the key that free keyfinders throw up is not the proper key for W8 so my opinion is that it wouldn't work for install.

  woodchip 12:46 11 Nov 2012

If its pre-installed they use a Key generator that as been supplied them by MS

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