so I'm wanting to wipe my computer and i dont have the cd for it so will the product key sticker still activate?
If correct/matching Windows version is used for installation process, yes.
ok good to know i didn't need it tho because the virus wasnt a hard one to get rid of .
If you're talking about a fresh install of Windows, you'll need the ISO which means the discs you no longer have will be necessary, or a USB flash drive with the ISO on it. I don't know how to get a hold of the ISO any more, but you may be able to ask Microsoft support. They're usually pretty helpful.
yeah, how DOES one get a legal ISO these days? Seems odd that they're making it harder than ever before...
Pretty sure they just wanted to make it as difficult as possible in order to sell more copies of Windows 8.1 before the release of the free 10.
Check if you have a recovery partition. You may be able to reinstall Windows fresh from that if you do
thxs so much for the reply but it turns out the virus i had was pretty easy to get rid of . thxs tho!