How to Change Windows 8.1 Product Key [2 Methods]

How to change Windows 8.1 product key? Or, how to change product key in Windows 8.1 operating system? These are most common questions asked by the people. And that’s why today we come up with this new Windows 8.1 product key activation guide.

There are several reasons may be to change Windows 8.1 product key or product license key. But usually people change their Windows product key because they want another product key or want to activate their recently installed Windows 8.1 by replacing the generic product key while installing Windows operating system with the original product key.

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Whatever your purpose, but one thing is surely genuine that changing product key in Windows 8.1 computer is so simple and you will have not to do any complex settings. So let’s grab the instructions to update your Windows product key:

See also: How to Update Multiple Programs at Once on Windows

How to Change Product Key in Windows 8.1

Here we have explained two best Windows 8.1 product key changing methods, at first read both the methods very carefully and then use the method you find more helpful.

Method #1: Change Windows 8.1 Product Key

Step (1): Firstly, Right-click on Computer icon from your desktop and select Properties to open System window (you can also use Windows and Pause hotkey to do this). Even, Windows 8.1 users can do this by making a right-click on the Start button and then clicking on the option of System.

Step (2): On the System window, scroll down to the Windows activation section and click on the link “Change product key” to move on Enter a product key screen in Windows 8.1.

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Step (3): Now on the Enter a product key screen, enter your 25-character product key and then hit Enter key to connect with the activation server and activate your product.

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Step (4): Once the Windows 8.1 product key is changed, you will see notification message “Thank, you’ve finished“.

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Congratulations! You have successfully changed the product key in your Windows 8.1 PC.

Read also: How to Activate Windows 8 by Phone

Method #2: Change Windows 8.1 Product Key using Command Prompt

In this method we will show you how to change windows 8.1 product key using Command Prompt. The method is quite simple and takes only few seconds.

Step (1): At first, open Command Prompt as administrator. To do so, move to Start screen and type CMD then simultaneously press Ctrl + Shift + Enter keys to run Command Prompt as administrator.

Step (2): If you see the UAC prompt then click on “Yes” button.

Step (3): Now inside the command Prompt, type slmgr.vbs /ipk <Your product key> and then press Enter to change the product key and activate the Windows operating system using the new product key you have entered.

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For example: If your new product key is 11111-22222-33333-44444-55555 then you have to type slmgr.vbs /ipk 11111-22222-33333-44444-55555 in command Prompt and then press Enter.

Step (4): Once the Windows 8.1 product key is successfully changed, you will see the notification message “Installed product key successfully“.

how to change product key in windows 8.1

Thus you can change the product key in Windows 8.1. Feel free to ask if you face any problem while changing your Windows 8.1 product key. To grab more Windows 8.1 tips and tricks, step by step guides, how to articles stay connected with us and check out our Windows 8.1 tutorials section.

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