Dell Precision T3610 Tower Workstation windows8 product key

i am using Dell Precision T3610 Tower Workstation which i got preloaded with windows pro but unfortunately i formated HDD, i have recovery media but it is asking for product key which i am unable to find anywhere on machine as well as on cds.
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
If the license was OEM, then the Certificate of Authenticity should of been glued to the computer.

If you got a FPP license and the key is not on the original Windows disk envelope, contact the vendor and ask for the key.

If you have a Volume license, ask your administrator for the key.

HTH,
Dan
SM_exchangeAuthor Commented:
vendor is asking it is saved in  motherboard and machine is out warranty they are not supporting now.
is this written in bios?
Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
Don't think so.

If the license was OEM, then using the recovery media should not ask you for a key.

Is Windows 8 that old? Normal workstation warranty is 3 years, no?
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SM_exchangeAuthor Commented:
parts warranty is there only, what is this oem?
is this possible it is saved in motherboard, i checked bios its not there
PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Yes, OEM license keys for Windows 8.x are coded into the BIOS. If you use correct media, it will automatically pick up the key, otherwise you need to use a utility called RWEverything (ACPI, MSDM) to read the key from the BIOS to activate it manually. The key is not displayed in the BIOS screens.
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
The activation key is embedded in the BIOS but not visible normally see:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/13637/Where-is-my-Windows-8-Activation-Key.html

If you're getting prompted for an activation key for a machine with an embedded UEFI key you are using the wrong installation media.
SM_exchangeAuthor Commented:
@power i installed it can you tell me option will tell me bios info, lot of buttons there.
PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
It is in the ACPI table, on the MSDM tab.
SM_exchangeAuthor Commented:
ok i accepted its an wrong media, can you tell me how to see product key.
☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
It's in the article I linked to - you can't view it in the system BIOS you need to extract the key manually with software - but it's no help to you if you have the wrong installation DVD unless you are intending to install some kind of retail or volume licence - if your intention is to install an OEM version of Windows you'll need the correct OEM installation DVD.
PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Explained above.

ACPI, MSDM
You can use Linux to extract the key too. They key should work with "almost" any media used to install Windows.

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SM_exchangeAuthor Commented:
Click on the ACPI Table button at the top. After that click on the MSDM tab. Your BIOS’s product key is at the bottom.
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