Microsoft has upgraded Windows 8 to its new Windows 8.1 version where you get to experience various amazing and advanced features. Moreover, it becomes smoother and faster than the previous version of Windows 8. However, to use the attractive features of Windows 8, you need to prepare a valid Windows 8 product key. Here we will talk about Windows 8.1 product key and the activation process that you need to follow.
Free Windows 8.1 Product Keys
If you want Windows 8.1 to run smoothly on your computer, you have to collect a working product key anyhow. It is a 25-character code that verifies the copy of your Windows. The code must be unique and it looks like XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX. The main purpose of this activation code is to verify that the copy hasn’t been used on devices more than what the subscription covers.
If you don’t have a genuine Windows 8.1 product key, you won’t be able to run the OS on your computer. There are two ways you can get a product key for your Windows. Either purchase the product from a local retailer or the official website or find a working activation key. If you buy a laptop with Windows 8.1 preinstalled, the activation key will be written at the back of your device.
Find Windows 8.1 Product Key
These are the following places where you can find a working and genuine Windows 8.1 product key-
- If you purchase a computer with Windows version 8 pre-installed, you will find the activation key at the back of your computer in a sticker
- In case you cannot see the sticker, then ask your retailer to find it for you
- But if you purchase the Windows copy on a CD, you will find the activation key at the back of the retail card
- When you purchase your Windows copy online, you get the activation code in your email. Along with the activation key, you receive your billing information, order number, and a link to Windows 8.1 installer
- If you don’t have a serial key to activate your Windows, you can use a free one from this post.
- If you have lost your product key, you can use software available online to retrieve it. For example, PassFab Product Key Recovery is useful.
Windows Product Keys for Free
Here are some free activation keys that might work for you-
Activate Windows 8.1 (No Product Key Needed)
A genuine product key is necessary to activate your Windows version. But if you can’t afford one valid activation key, you can still activate Windows. However, these methods work depending on a few conditions such as your internet connection, system processor, etc. So, in case you are unable to activate Windows without a product key, you will have to depend on a Windows 8.1 serial number.
Upgrade it to Windows 8.1
If you are running Windows 8 right now, then you can upgrade the version to Windows 8.1. However, before we talk about how to start the process, here are a few things you have to take care of-
- Do a backup of your important documents
- You need a minimum of 3GB of free space on your disk drive
- Connect your laptop to the nearest power supply.
And when you make sure all of the previous requirements, follow the steps given below-
- Open the Windows Store on your Windows 8 computer
- Locate the update feature
- Select Update and click on Download
- Your system will now download the update files and install them on your computer in the background
- When the process is done, restart your PC
- When the update Windows option pops up again, select the Use Express Settings option
- Use your Microsoft account credentials and log in to your email
- Reinstall the Microsoft Windows applications.
By following these steps, you are able to upgrade your Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 and you won’t require a product key.
Create a Batch File and Activate Windows
This method too does not use a product key. It involves creating or finding a batch file on your Windows computer and use it to activate your Windows. So, here we go-
- Find a code
- Open your Windows notepad and save the code and rename it as activatior.cmd
Here is the code-
@echo off title Activate Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 ALL versions for FREE!&cls&echo ============================================================================&echo #Project: Activating Microsoft software products for FREE without software&echo ============================================================================&echo.&echo #Supported products:&echo – Windows 8 Core&echo – Windows 8 Core Single Language&echo – Windows 8 Professional&echo – Windows 8 Professional N&echo – Windows 8 Professional WMC&echo – Windows 8 Enterprise&echo – Windows 8 Enterprise N&echo – Windows 8.1 Core&echo – Windows 8.1 Core N&echo – Windows 8.1 Core Single Language&echo – Windows 8.1 Professional&echo – Windows 8.1 Professional N&echo – Windows 8.1 Professional WMC&echo – Windows 8.1 Enterprise&echo – Windows 8.1 Enterprise N&echo.&echo.&echo ============================================================================
&echo Activating your Windows…&cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ckms >nul&cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /upk >nul&cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /cpky >nul&set i=1&wmic os | findstr /I “enterprise” >nul if %errorlevel% EQU 0 (cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk MHF9N-XY6XB-WVXMC-BTDCT-MKKG7 >nul&cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk TT4HM-HN7YT-62K67-RGRQJ-JFFXW >nul&cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk 32JNW-9KQ84-P47T8-D8GGY-CWCK7 >nul&cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk JMNMF-RHW7P-DMY6X-RF3DR-X2BQT >nul&goto server) else (cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk GCRJD-8NW9H-F2CDX-CCM8D-9D6T9 >nul&cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk HMCNV-VVBFX-7HMBH-CTY9B-B4FXY >nul&cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk NG4HW-VH26C-733KW-K6F98-J8CK4 >nul&cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk XCVCF-2NXM9-723PB-MHCB7-2RYQQ >nul&cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk BN3D2-R7TKB-3YPBD-8DRP2-27GG4 >nul&cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk 2WN2H-YGCQR-KFX6K-CD6TF-84YXQ >nul&cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk GNBB8-YVD74-QJHX6-27H4K-8QHDG >nul&cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk M9Q9P-WNJJT-6PXPY-DWX8H-6XWKK >nul&cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk 7B9N3-D94CG-YTVHR-QBPX3-RJP64 >nul&cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk BB6NG-PQ82V-VRDPW-8XVD2-V8P66 >nul&cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ipk 789NJ-TQK6T-6XTH8-J39CJ-J8D3P >nul) :server if %i%==1 set KMS=kms7.MSGuides.com if %i%==2 set KMS=kms8.MSGuides.com if %i%==4 goto notsupported cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /skms %KMS%:1688 >nul&echo ============================================================================&echo.&echo. cscript //nologo slmgr.vbs /ato | find /i “successfully” && (echo.&echo ============================================================================&echo.&echo
If you can’t put the .cmd extension after the file name, then this is what you will have to follow-
- Go to File Explorer and click View
- Go to the File and Folder Options
- And select View
- Go to Advanced Settings
- Uncheck the Hide extensions for known file types option
- And save the batch file with .cmd extension
- Right-click on it and select Run as administrator
- Reboot your computer and your PC will be activated with Windows 8.1
Are these Windows 8.1 activation keys suitable for both system bits (32-bit and 64-bit)?
Your system bits don’t matter as long as you can confirm your Windows 8.1 key is genuine. The keys should work for both of the system bits.
Can I Activate Windows offline?
- Open the Run box by pressing Windows and R together
- When the run box comes, type SLUI4 in it and hit Enter
- Now an installation Id will appear on-screen with your contact info
- Now, select your country/region
- Microsoft will give you a number on-screen
- Dial that number and enter the installation ID when asked
- This is a digital Windows license and you have to confirm that you have only used this once
- Confirm the number through the phone
- Now they will give you a confirmation ID
- Click Activate and your Windows 8.1 version is ready to use.
Can I use Windows 8.1 without activating it?
When you install Windows 8.1, you can use it within the trial period. But without activating the product, you won’t be able to use it for too long. Also, when you don’t activate your Windows, prompts appear every now and then and it is kinda annoying.
Can I download Windows 8.1 for free?
Yes. Once you download Windows 8, you can download its upper version from the Windows version for free. Another way to do so is by installing the ISO version of Windows 8.1. You will have to install 8.1 on a different partition and then dual boot between the two OS, Windows 8.1 and Windows 8. However, both of these methods require a genuine Windows activation key.
How to Activate Windows 8.1
Now that you know where to find a working key, you can go ahead and follow the steps below to activate your Windows-
Close all the programs that are running in your background
- Close all the programs that are running in your background
- Open Start and type Run in the search box
- Enter slui2
- A new window will open up where you will have to put a genuine Windows 8.1 key
- Grab a key given in this list and use it to activate your product
- Now your computer will activate Windows 8.1 with your active internet connection.
After the process is over, restart your computer and now you will be using Windows 8.1 version. In case you encounter a problem, let’s ask for solutions in the comment box below.
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