Looking for Product Key for a Windows 7 clean install on hardware with a Digital Product Key (DPK)?

My usual corporate scenario when provisioning new hardware is to receive the hardware and then replace the stock image with a customized image using MDT. After the installation I change the product key to the valid product key for that hardware/OS and then activate.

 

My most recent hardware (Lenovo T430 Thinkpad (2342-6FU)) comes preinstalled with Windows 7, but allows for upgrading to Windows 8. In line with new Windows 8 hardware, there is no Certificate of Authenticity (COA) on the hardware nor in documentation. The product key is in the form of a Digital Product Key (DPK) within the UEFI BOIS.

 

My question is its most basic form is, "where do I get access to a product key for Windows 7 given this scenario?" It used to be on the COA, now it's not.

 

I believe that this is a completely valid usage scenario. I've purchased the license and am installing a custom image with the same bits as I licensed. I think that I understand that if I were installing Windows 8, it would be aware of the DPK and active accordingly, but Windows 7, as far as I can tell, is not aware of the DPK and requires a manually entered product key of some manner.   

 

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Last updated July 22, 2018 Views 8,329 Applies to:
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Laptop manufacturers have been placing the COA sticker in the battery compartment recently.  This is to help to protect the COA from being "worn away" from be on the bottom of the laptop case.

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Use a product key finder to retrieve the product key.

Here are four utilities, all of which will may display your product keys if they are still there:
Belarc Advisor: http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html
(It does a good job of providing a wealth of information.)

Also: http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml
and: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html
and RockXP: http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4138.html which has additional features

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Andre
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