Product Key



Patrick Whittle
07-10-2005, 01:29 AM
Hi,

When I know I have not stolen my copy of Windows XP, and have no hard-copy of my EULA, where in the registry can I find my product key?

bud
07-10-2005, 01:29 AM
"Patrick Whittle" <patrick_whittle@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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Hi,

When I know I have not stolen my copy of Windows XP, and have no hard-copy
of my EULA, where in the registry can I find my product key?

Run this,
http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml

Carey Frisch [MVP]
07-10-2005, 01:29 AM
Visit http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html and download the free
Belarc Advisor. After running the program, look under the section
titled "Software Licenses".

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"Patrick Whittle" wrote:

Hi,

When I know I have not stolen my copy of Windows XP, and have no hard-copy of my EULA, where in the registry can I find my product
key?

Ken Blake
07-10-2005, 01:29 AM
In news:%23adjGjddFHA.2556@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl,
Patrick Whittle <patrick_whittle@hotmail.com> typed:

> When I know I have not stolen my copy of Windows XP, and have
> no
> hard-copy of my EULA, where in the registry can I find my
> product
> key?


You can't find it in the registry.

You can find the Product key with any of these:



ViewKeyXP www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/ViewKeyXP.exe (for Retail
versions only, and for pre-SP2 versions only)



AIDA32 http://www.aumha.org/freeware.htm



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



Magical Jellybean www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml



Belarc Advisor www.belarc.com/free_download.html


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Bruce Chambers
07-10-2005, 01:29 AM
Patrick Whittle wrote:
> Hi,
>
> When I know I have not stolen my copy of Windows XP, and have no
> hard-copy of my EULA, where in the registry can I find my product 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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John Latter
07-10-2005, 01:29 AM
On Mon, 20 Jun 2005 15:48:17 -0500, "Carey Frisch [MVP]"
<cnfrisch@nospamgmail.com> wrote:

>Visit http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html and download the free
>Belarc Advisor. After running the program, look under the section
>titled "Software Licenses".

I've just done that Carey & the info given for Windows XP is the same
as that given for Internet Explorer & is different from my COA
sticker.

I'm about to replace my hard drive which had XP pre-installed on the
end. I'm gonna use a OEM XP disc and would like to know which of the
above numbers do I use to get the new system/HDD authenticated - or do
I use them at different times & at different places?

Hope you can help!

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Model of an Internal Evolutionary Mechanism (based on an extension to homeostasis) linking Stationary-Phase Mutations to the Baldwin Effect.
http://members.aol.com/jorolat/TEM.html

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John Latter
07-10-2005, 01:29 AM
On Mon, 20 Jun 2005 15:48:17 -0500, "Carey Frisch [MVP]"
<cnfrisch@nospamgmail.com> wrote:

>Visit http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html and download the free
>Belarc Advisor. After running the program, look under the section
>titled "Software Licenses".

I've just done that Carey & the info given for Windows XP is the same
as that given for Internet Explorer & is different from my COA
sticker.

I'm about to replace my hard drive which had XP pre-installed on the
end. I'm gonna use a OEM XP disc and would like to know which of the
above numbers do I use to get the new system/HDD authenticated - or do
I use them at different times & at different places?

Hope you can help!

--

John Latter

Model of an Internal Evolutionary Mechanism (based on an extension to homeostasis) linking Stationary-Phase Mutations to the Baldwin Effect.
http://members.aol.com/jorolat/TEM.html

'Where Darwin meets Lamarck?' Discussion Egroup
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/evomech

David Candy
07-10-2005, 01:29 AM
Preinstalled OSs usually are installed with the OEM's key not your key. You use your key.

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"John Latter" <jorolat@tiscali.co.uk> wrote in message news:6lhfb19df6uv2ngguodc8a9u48uj3bppua@4ax.com...
> On Mon, 20 Jun 2005 15:48:17 -0500, "Carey Frisch [MVP]"
> <cnfrisch@nospamgmail.com> wrote:
>
>>Visit http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html and download the free
>>Belarc Advisor. After running the program, look under the section
>>titled "Software Licenses".
>
> I've just done that Carey & the info given for Windows XP is the same
> as that given for Internet Explorer & is different from my COA
> sticker.
>
> I'm about to replace my hard drive which had XP pre-installed on the
> end. I'm gonna use a OEM XP disc and would like to know which of the
> above numbers do I use to get the new system/HDD authenticated - or do
> I use them at different times & at different places?
>
> Hope you can help!
>
> --
>
> John Latter
>
> Model of an Internal Evolutionary Mechanism (based on an extension to homeostasis) linking Stationary-Phase Mutations to the Baldwin Effect.
> http://members.aol.com/jorolat/TEM.html
>
> 'Where Darwin meets Lamarck?' Discussion Egroup
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/evomech

Miss Perspicacia Tick
07-10-2005, 01:29 AM
John Latter wrote:
> On Mon, 20 Jun 2005 15:48:17 -0500, "Carey Frisch [MVP]"
> <cnfrisch@nospamgmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Visit http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html and download the
>> free Belarc Advisor. After running the program, look under the
>> section titled "Software Licenses".
>
> I've just done that Carey & the info given for Windows XP is the same
> as that given for Internet Explorer & is different from my COA
> sticker.
>
> I'm about to replace my hard drive which had XP pre-installed on the
> end. I'm gonna use a OEM XP disc and would like to know which of the
> above numbers do I use to get the new system/HDD authenticated - or do
> I use them at different times & at different places?
>
> Hope you can help!

Let me guess, you have a system from one of the large manufacturers (Dell,
HP, Gateway, etc)? If so, the answer is simple: - many of them (Dell does I
know) use a master disc which is installed on all systems built in that
batch. Then each system is supplied with its own individual set of discs and
then this what the key on the chassis applies to. This is why, when you use
something like the Belarc Adviser on a Dell, the key that's shown will *NOT*
be identical to the one on the box.

Does that make sense?

John Latter
07-10-2005, 01:30 AM
On Tue, 21 Jun 2005 13:57:35 +0100, "Miss Perspicacia Tick"
<test@test.com> wrote:

>John Latter wrote:
>> On Mon, 20 Jun 2005 15:48:17 -0500, "Carey Frisch [MVP]"
>> <cnfrisch@nospamgmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> Visit http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html and download the
>>> free Belarc Advisor. After running the program, look under the
>>> section titled "Software Licenses".
>>
>> I've just done that Carey & the info given for Windows XP is the same
>> as that given for Internet Explorer & is different from my COA
>> sticker.
>>
>> I'm about to replace my hard drive which had XP pre-installed on the
>> end. I'm gonna use a OEM XP disc and would like to know which of the
>> above numbers do I use to get the new system/HDD authenticated - or do
>> I use them at different times & at different places?
>>
>> Hope you can help!
>
>Let me guess, you have a system from one of the large manufacturers (Dell,
>HP, Gateway, etc)? If so, the answer is simple: - many of them (Dell does I
>know) use a master disc which is installed on all systems built in that
>batch. Then each system is supplied with its own individual set of discs and
>then this what the key on the chassis applies to. This is why, when you use
>something like the Belarc Adviser on a Dell, the key that's shown will *NOT*
>be identical to the one on the box.
>
>Does that make sense?
>

I think it makes sense Miss Perspicacia Tick - so when I come to
register I use the one on my sticker & ignore what the Belarc Advisor
says?

--

John Latter

Model of an Internal Evolutionary Mechanism (based on an extension to homeostasis) linking Stationary-Phase Mutations to the Baldwin Effect.
http://members.aol.com/jorolat/TEM.html

'Where Darwin meets Lamarck?' Discussion Egroup
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/evomech

John Latter
07-10-2005, 01:30 AM
On Tue, 21 Jun 2005 18:12:07 +1000, "David Candy" <.> wrote:

>Preinstalled OSs usually are installed with the OEM's key not your key. You use your key.

Ah ok David - ty!

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John Latter

Model of an Internal Evolutionary Mechanism (based on an extension to homeostasis) linking Stationary-Phase Mutations to the Baldwin Effect.
http://members.aol.com/jorolat/TEM.html

'Where Darwin meets Lamarck?' Discussion Egroup
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/evomech

Ken Blake
07-10-2005, 01:30 AM
In news:v5cgb1t1ujmj8hrjtsl2vh3ucql6at2pmf@4ax.com,
John Latter <jorolat@tiscali.co.uk> typed:

>> Let me guess, you have a system from one of the large
>> manufacturers
>> (Dell, HP, Gateway, etc)? If so, the answer is simple: - many
>> of
>> them (Dell does I know) use a master disc which is installed
>> on all
>> systems built in that batch. Then each system is supplied with
>> its
>> own individual set of discs and then this what the key on the
>> chassis applies to. This is why, when you use something like
>> the
>> Belarc Adviser on a Dell, the key that's shown will *NOT* be
>> identical to the one on the box.
>>
>> Does that make sense?
>>
>
> I think it makes sense Miss Perspicacia Tick - so when I come
> to
> register I use the one on my sticker & ignore what the Belarc
> Advisor
> says?


It's "activate," not "register," but other than that, yes, that's
correct. Registration is a completely optional procedure, and is
mostly used by Microsoft just for marketing purposes. It's
activation that you need to do.

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Miss Perspicacia Tick
07-10-2005, 01:30 AM
John Latter wrote:
> On Tue, 21 Jun 2005 13:57:35 +0100, "Miss Perspicacia Tick"
> <test@test.com> wrote:
>
>> John Latter wrote:
>>> On Mon, 20 Jun 2005 15:48:17 -0500, "Carey Frisch [MVP]"
>>> <cnfrisch@nospamgmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Visit http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html and download the
>>>> free Belarc Advisor. After running the program, look under the
>>>> section titled "Software Licenses".
>>>
>>> I've just done that Carey & the info given for Windows XP is the
>>> same as that given for Internet Explorer & is different from my COA
>>> sticker.
>>>
>>> I'm about to replace my hard drive which had XP pre-installed on the
>>> end. I'm gonna use a OEM XP disc and would like to know which of the
>>> above numbers do I use to get the new system/HDD authenticated - or
>>> do I use them at different times & at different places?
>>>
>>> Hope you can help!
>>
>> Let me guess, you have a system from one of the large manufacturers
>> (Dell, HP, Gateway, etc)? If so, the answer is simple: - many of
>> them (Dell does I know) use a master disc which is installed on all
>> systems built in that batch. Then each system is supplied with its
>> own individual set of discs and then this what the key on the
>> chassis applies to. This is why, when you use something like the
>> Belarc Adviser on a Dell, the key that's shown will *NOT* be
>> identical to the one on the box.
>>
>> Does that make sense?
>>
>
> I think it makes sense Miss Perspicacia Tick - so when I come to
> register I use the one on my sticker & ignore what the Belarc Advisor
> says?

Registration is entirely optional, you are referring to activation. I don't
understand how the two can possibly be confused.

P
07-10-2005, 01:30 AM
Who cares about what you understand or not. Provide an answer or STFU.


"Miss Perspicacia Tick" <test@test.com> wrote in message
news:h60ue.13720$Kt2.11251@fe07.highwinds-media.phx...
> John Latter wrote:
>> On Tue, 21 Jun 2005 13:57:35 +0100, "Miss Perspicacia Tick"
>> <test@test.com> wrote:
>>
>>> John Latter wrote:
>>>> On Mon, 20 Jun 2005 15:48:17 -0500, "Carey Frisch [MVP]"
>>>> <cnfrisch@nospamgmail.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Visit http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html and download the
>>>>> free Belarc Advisor. After running the program, look under the
>>>>> section titled "Software Licenses".
>>>>
>>>> I've just done that Carey & the info given for Windows XP is the
>>>> same as that given for Internet Explorer & is different from my COA
>>>> sticker.
>>>>
>>>> I'm about to replace my hard drive which had XP pre-installed on the
>>>> end. I'm gonna use a OEM XP disc and would like to know which of the
>>>> above numbers do I use to get the new system/HDD authenticated - or
>>>> do I use them at different times & at different places?
>>>>
>>>> Hope you can help!
>>>
>>> Let me guess, you have a system from one of the large manufacturers
>>> (Dell, HP, Gateway, etc)? If so, the answer is simple: - many of
>>> them (Dell does I know) use a master disc which is installed on all
>>> systems built in that batch. Then each system is supplied with its
>>> own individual set of discs and then this what the key on the
>>> chassis applies to. This is why, when you use something like the
>>> Belarc Adviser on a Dell, the key that's shown will *NOT* be
>>> identical to the one on the box.
>>>
>>> Does that make sense?
>>>
>>
>> I think it makes sense Miss Perspicacia Tick - so when I come to
>> register I use the one on my sticker & ignore what the Belarc Advisor
>> says?
>
> Registration is entirely optional, you are referring to activation. I
> don't understand how the two can possibly be confused.
>

John Latter
07-10-2005, 01:30 AM
On Tue, 21 Jun 2005 12:21:38 -0700, "Ken Blake"
<kblake@this.is.an.invalid.domain> wrote:

>In news:v5cgb1t1ujmj8hrjtsl2vh3ucql6at2pmf@4ax.com,
>John Latter <jorolat@tiscali.co.uk> typed:
>
>>> Let me guess, you have a system from one of the large
>>> manufacturers
>>> (Dell, HP, Gateway, etc)? If so, the answer is simple: - many
>>> of
>>> them (Dell does I know) use a master disc which is installed
>>> on all
>>> systems built in that batch. Then each system is supplied with
>>> its
>>> own individual set of discs and then this what the key on the
>>> chassis applies to. This is why, when you use something like
>>> the
>>> Belarc Adviser on a Dell, the key that's shown will *NOT* be
>>> identical to the one on the box.
>>>
>>> Does that make sense?
>>>
>>
>> I think it makes sense Miss Perspicacia Tick - so when I come
>> to
>> register I use the one on my sticker & ignore what the Belarc
>> Advisor
>> says?
>
>
>It's "activate," not "register," but other than that, yes, that's
>correct. Registration is a completely optional procedure, and is
>mostly used by Microsoft just for marketing purposes. It's
>activation that you need to do.

Oh right - got it now, thanks! :)

--

John Latter

Model of an Internal Evolutionary Mechanism (based on an extension to homeostasis) linking Stationary-Phase Mutations to the Baldwin Effect.
http://members.aol.com/jorolat/TEM.html

'Where Darwin meets Lamarck?' Discussion Egroup
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/evomech

Ken Blake
07-10-2005, 01:30 AM
In news:qephb15nss1fep7k3h3aifchgqildel12i@4ax.com,
John Latter <jorolat@tiscali.co.uk> typed:

> On Tue, 21 Jun 2005 12:21:38 -0700, "Ken Blake"
> <kblake@this.is.an.invalid.domain> wrote:
>
>> - so when I come
>>> to
>>> register I use the one on my sticker & ignore what the Belarc
>>> Advisor
>>> says?
>>
>>
>> It's "activate," not "register," but other than that, yes,
>> that's
>> correct. Registration is a completely optional procedure, and
>> is
>> mostly used by Microsoft just for marketing purposes. It's
>> activation that you need to do.
>
> Oh right - got it now, thanks! :)


You're welcome. Glad to help.

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MAP
07-10-2005, 01:31 AM
Holy key code Batman! I acually learned something from Sarah.
This is alittle hard but......Thanks.
Boy did that hurt! ouch!
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Miss Perspicacia Tick wrote:
> John Latter wrote:
>> On Mon, 20 Jun 2005 15:48:17 -0500, "Carey Frisch [MVP]"
>> <cnfrisch@nospamgmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> Visit http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html and download the
>>> free Belarc Advisor. After running the program, look under the
>>> section titled "Software Licenses".
>>
>> I've just done that Carey & the info given for Windows XP is the same
>> as that given for Internet Explorer & is different from my COA
>> sticker.
>>
>> I'm about to replace my hard drive which had XP pre-installed on the
>> end. I'm gonna use a OEM XP disc and would like to know which of the
>> above numbers do I use to get the new system/HDD authenticated - or
>> do I use them at different times & at different places?
>>
>> Hope you can help!
>
> Let me guess, you have a system from one of the large manufacturers
> (Dell, HP, Gateway, etc)? If so, the answer is simple: - many of them
> (Dell does I know) use a master disc which is installed on all
> systems built in that batch. Then each system is supplied with its
> own individual set of discs and then this what the key on the chassis
> applies to. This is why, when you use something like the Belarc
> Adviser on a Dell, the key that's shown will *NOT* be identical to
> the one on the box.
>
> Does that make sense?


Product Key