How to find original product key of windows 8 after installing windows 8 pro

I recently tried to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro but my husband had already used the product key on his lap top and now my computer is asking me to "activate with a new key" however I did not receive the product key when I purchased my computer.  Is there a way to find out the original product key?
 

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Last updated January 27, 2019 Views 6,321 Applies to:
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With Windows 8, Microsoft has changed from stickers that have the product key that the user has to type in when installing the operating system to new BIOS embedded product keys. The idea is that by eliminating the sticker, you eliminate one of the easier ways for nefarious users to get a legitimate product key. Eliminating the product key sticker also removes any worry that the sticker might get damaged while at the same time eliminating the long and irritating process of typing in various letters and numbers when installing the operating system.

 

If the user has to reinstall the operating system on a machine that came with Windows 8, the installation process automatically grabs the software product key from the motherboard BIOS with no input from the user. This means that those familiar Windows product key stickers will no longer appear on the Windows 8 computers.

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The best thing you can do is restore your computer to its original factory state.

 

This is how the recovery partition is accessed for the most popular makes..

For Dell, press CTRL + F11 directly after powering up the unit

For HP, press F11 directly after powering up the unit

For LG, press F11 directly after powering up the unit

For Toshiba, press and hold '0' BEFORE and during the power up

For Acer, press and hold ALT + F10 as soon as you see the logo

For Asus, press F9 as soon as you see the Asus logo.

For Samsung, press F4 at power up..

For Fujitsu, press the F8 key repeatedly directly after powering up

For Advent, restart your computer. Then Press F10 repeatedly until the message "Starting System Recovery" is displayed

For Sony VAIO, restart and press "F8" or "F10" repeatedly until the "Advanced Boot Options" screen appears.

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Andre
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