WinXP Home cd key retrieval?



Anonymous
07-10-2005, 01:11 AM
I'm currently trying to retrieve a WinXP Home cd key from a very heavily
infected hard drive (viruses and spyware). It won't let me boot into
Windows so I tried to do an overlay. Any idea if I'm still able to salvage
the cd key?

Bob Davis
07-10-2005, 01:11 AM
"Anonymous" <sg@anonymous.com> wrote in message
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> I'm currently trying to retrieve a WinXP Home cd key from a very heavily
> infected hard drive (viruses and spyware). It won't let me boot into
> Windows so I tried to do an overlay. Any idea if I'm still able to
> salvage the cd key?

Download, install, and run Belarc Advisor (www.belarc.com). It will reveal
the CD key of XP and other software on your computer.

Bruce Chambers
07-10-2005, 01:11 AM
Anonymous wrote:
> I'm currently trying to retrieve a WinXP Home cd key from a very heavily
> infected hard drive (viruses and spyware). It won't let me boot into
> Windows so I tried to do an overlay. Any idea if I'm still able to salvage
> the cd key?
>
>


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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WinXP Home cd key retrieval?