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I have windows 8 disc but lost activation key. It's a apple mac book pro. It's just been formatted and I'm trying to re-install windows 8. Help

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I just got a product key from ** windows 8.1 key sale^^ by bing,it worked fine , I'm so excited to share my experience here.

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You're going to absolutely need the CD-KEY in order to activate and use the OS longer than a few weeks. There's really no short cut around this. Since you've already reformatted the drive, you can't even use Magical Jellybean to scan the drive for the key.

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Have a look at the case of the computer to see if the is a CoA (certificate of authenticity) sticker on it. The CD-KEY will appear on this sticker.

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SOURCE: Lost install disk for Mac book pro My 13" Mac book

You will need some install disks to even begin working on your issue.
Your options:

  • Find someone with the same model MacBook Pro and borrow the disks.
  • Buy a copy of Leopard (10.5) or Snow Leopard (10.6) and use them. If you are going to buy a set you might as well update to Snow Leopard (10.6)
  • Check eBay for install disks but make sure they are for the same model MacBook Pro.
  • Contact an Apple service center and purchase a replacement set of install disks.
Once you have a install CD, I would recommend backing up your system by making a disk image of the hard drive to an external drive. Then doing a clean install and then using the Migration Assistant to restore your user files to the clean install on your hard drive.

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