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windows8 activation after hardware change

Last response: in Windows 8
February 13, 2014 6:55:17 AM

I purchased VAIO E series laptop with inbuilt windows 8.Due to some problems on hardware motherboard and LAN card are replaced.Now I install windows 8 but it is not activated and i forgot my product key.please give me solution to activate my license copy.

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a c 371 * Windows 8
a c 200 V Motherboard
February 13, 2014 7:01:11 AM

Either the activation key is printed on the laptop, usually on the bottom.
Contact Sony for it
Contact Microsoft. In case of a motherboard fail and replace, they will reactivate it.
a b * Windows 8
a b V Motherboard
February 13, 2014 7:22:35 AM


If you have work done by Sony dealer using correct motherboard and you used a Genuine Sony Recovery DVD
you should have no problems reactivating without needing to enter the key

If you have got a copy of Win 8 which is not a Sony version you will need the key which if Microsoft thinks is still in use you will have problems

Ask Sony how much a recovery disk set costs

If you made a Windows Recovery Set before the incident you would get a version which checks it is on the correct Sony motherboard type then activates without needing a key.

Mike Barnes