Win XP cd key dilemma



Nocturnal
07-10-2005, 12:54 AM
Ok I have a dilemma; I'm working on this computer. I had to do an overlay
of Windows XP Pro. However, this guy does not have his cd-key and it was
only afterwards that he informed us of this. So, I'm halfway through the
overlay and it asks for the cd-key, I can't proceed any further. Basically
I'm trying to figure out a way that I can either export the registry or use
some program to find this guy's cd-key. Please advise.

Morituri-|-Max
07-10-2005, 12:54 AM
"Nocturnal" <nocturnal@anonymous.com> wrote in message
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> Ok I have a dilemma; I'm working on this computer. I had to do an overlay
> of Windows XP Pro. However, this guy does not have his cd-key and it was
> only afterwards that he informed us of this. So, I'm halfway through the
> overlay and it asks for the cd-key, I can't proceed any further.
> Basically I'm trying to figure out a way that I can either export the
> registry or use some program to find this guy's cd-key. Please advise.

If it was me, I'd ask him to supply a copy of windows he has a key for and
install THAT.. else tell him you can't go any further unless he coughs up
the money for a new copy.. course I only build them for my folks and their
kids and I'd just end up buying an early birthday present.. heh

Good luck

Uncle John
07-10-2005, 12:54 AM
"Nocturnal"

You can find the key using a number of utilities. A free one that works with
SP2 is here:

http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml

In SP2 the key can be found but not modified so Keyfinder.exe is
legitimate.

Unclejon

Morituri-|-Max
07-10-2005, 12:54 AM
"Uncle John" <unclejohn@uselesnospam.com> wrote in message
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> "Nocturnal"
>
> You can find the key using a number of utilities. A free one that works
> with SP2 is here:
>
> http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml
>
> In SP2 the key can be found but not modified so Keyfinder.exe is
> legitimate.

Very cool... not meant for me but I'll bookmark that useful URL.

Rock
07-10-2005, 12:55 AM
Nocturnal wrote:

> Ok I have a dilemma; I'm working on this computer. I had to do an overlay
> of Windows XP Pro. However, this guy does not have his cd-key and it was
> only afterwards that he informed us of this. So, I'm halfway through the
> overlay and it asks for the cd-key, I can't proceed any further. Basically
> I'm trying to figure out a way that I can either export the registry or use
> some program to find this guy's cd-key. Please advise.
>
>

There are a number of free programs that will retrieve the XP key from a
current installation:

ViewXP http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/ViewKeyXP.exe

Belarc Advisor http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

Magical Jellybean http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml

Everest http://www.lavalys.com/index.php?page=product&view=1

--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User

Bruce Chambers
07-10-2005, 12:55 AM
Nocturnal wrote:
> Ok I have a dilemma; I'm working on this computer. I had to do an overlay
> of Windows XP Pro. However, this guy does not have his cd-key and it was
> only afterwards that he informed us of this. So, I'm halfway through the
> overlay and it asks for the cd-key, I can't proceed any further. Basically
> I'm trying to figure out a way that I can either export the registry or use
> some program to find this guy's cd-key. Please advise.
>
>



The Windows 25-character Product Key (required to perform the
installation) is stored on the CD packaging on a bright orange sticker
that says "Do not lose this number." It is not on the installation CD
in any way, shape, or form. If it was an OEM (factory installed)
license, it's stored on a label that the PC manufacturer affixed to
the exterior of the PC case, or on the bottom of a laptop.

To recover a lost Product Key:

If your system still runs, you should be able to use Belarc
Advisor from http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html to find the
Product Key. (If you have a factory-installed OEM license, and
haven't since reinstalled the OS, the revealed Product Key is probably
of the drive image used at the factory and not your specific Product
Key; therefore, it probably cannot be -- and definitely should not
be -- used for a re-installation.)

If it was a retail license and you have proof of purchase:

How to Replace Lost, Broken, or Missing Microsoft Software or Hardware
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;326246

If it was an OEM license, you should contact the computer's
manufacturer; although very few manufacturers/vendors keep records of
the Product Keys they've sold, it's worth a try before you have to buy
a new license.


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