Here my thinkpad x220. How to find my windows activation?
Looks like the paper that have the activation key already tore apart . See on the top left there's a sticker that already tore apart, that's where the activation key usually stored
not possible, gen 2 and 3 ThinkPad have the activation key printed on the frame, starting gen 4 it's stored in BIOS. Your X220 is a gen 2 and the activation key already tore apart. All you can do is to buy activation key for Windows
Once W10 has been installed on a machine, the CPU ID and stuff makes a 'digital ID' that saved server side.
if previously already installed the original os which is likely win 7 then upgraded to Windows 10 yes you can, but if you perform fresh install then it will require to key in the activation key
You can use a software like ProduKey to retrieve your Windows licence key. Using software to retrieve it seems like your best bet
the windows activation is tied to the recovery partition. Windows activation key stickers isn't something you see very often anymore. If you're upgrading to a new OS that wasn't originally supported you may need to purchase a new key.
bollocks is it….don’t talk bull shit. The activation is dependent on OS, if you have windows 7 pre installed it generally uses SLIC bios activation using OEM recovery media. If you reinstall Windows 7 you would need to reactivate with a relevant product key (OEM/Retail/MAK etc). If it had Windows 10 (accounting in this case for it being a machine with Windows 7 originally) installed then upon initial activation (upgrade inherited or clean install) a general scan is done of certain key hardware and these hashes are stored on Microsoft’s activation servers, when you reload Windows 10 this hash is checked against the machine hardware and if they match you are activated using “digital entitlement” there are many other activation methods ie KMS etc
Not a problem. You can: 1.) Press Windows key + X.
2.) Click Command Prompt (Admin)
3.) At the command prompt, type: wmic path SoftwareLicensingService get OA3xOriginalProductKey. That will reveal the key. If you aren't comfortabke working in the terminal for some reason, a third party app like ProduKey can retrieve the key information for you easily and quickly too. https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html
Most Winblows activation at that time was handled by BIOS software commonly known as SLiC (probably 2.0/2.1). Or something called SLP.