Windows 8 Product key not automatically found by my notebook like its supposed to automatically do when i try reinstalling it

wldchrrygrl

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Ive looked exhaustively for days and no one can tell me how to reinstall windows 8 on my hp pavilion 11 x2 notebook pc (11-h010nr) after having an issue with getting it to boot on at all i was finally able to create a usb drive that will boot it however it does not find the product key like its suposed to automatically do. I shouldnt have to purchase one since they got rid of external keys for this reason. I try restoring, resetting and advance options to fix startup but tge only progress ive made in trying to boot into windows is by reinstalling from my installation media on the usb drive. But im getting the product key to activate windows window and i dont know how to find the original one like i said the pc would not boit at all when i got it so no i didnt get the media from the pc nor do i have installation disks created by the pc and no i dont have a confirmation email containing the key either. Also i tried a temporary key and was still given the error ..."could not verify product key. Please check your installation media..." I need to know how i am to find the original key, there must be a way since i doubt i am the first person to ever get one second hand without disks or the email confirmation, or is there another way to get a temporary key that could boot windows if so what if it still cantfind the original one itself
 

k1114

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Select the option to skip the step and you will still be able to install windows. If the partition is destroyed, the license is not lost. Oems have records of all of their products and associated keys that shipped with them.
 

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Question from wldchrrygrl : "windows 8 activation product key"



look under the laptop it if was installed with it by hp, you should have a 2nds factory partition just for the purpose of reinstalling windows pre license OEM from HP. I do believe on HP pressing F8 or F10 during bios splash screen bring up the repair screen, and oyu should reinstall it from there, if this partition was destroyed then you lost the licensing of the hp oem laptop.
 

k1114

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Select the option to skip the step and you will still be able to install windows. If the partition is destroyed, the license is not lost. Oems have records of all of their products and associated keys that shipped with them.
 
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