Lost Product Key for XP Pro



happyrpg
07-10-2005, 02:17 AM
I have a Product ID. How can I re-install XP with out the product key?

The product was registered.

Thanks

Richard Urban
07-10-2005, 02:17 AM
You can't. You need a product key!

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If you knew as much as you think you know,
You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!


"happyrpg" <happyrpg@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:68C13928-7A8F-4FB5-8A1A-44A5D854EFAE@microsoft.com...
>I have a Product ID. How can I re-install XP with out the product key?
>
> The product was registered.
>
> Thanks
>

Pegasus \(MVP\)
07-10-2005, 02:17 AM
"happyrpg" <happyrpg@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:68C13928-7A8F-4FB5-8A1A-44A5D854EFAE@microsoft.com...
> I have a Product ID. How can I re-install XP with out the product key?
>
> The product was registered.
>
> Thanks
>

I'm a little confused. Your Subject line says "Lost product key"
and your text says "I have a product ID". Now do you have
one or don't you?

If you lost it then one of these tools might retrieve it
from your working WinXP installation:

http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml
http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

You might also want to read the big print on the WinXP CD
box which says "Do not lose this key".

Star Fleet Admiral Q
07-10-2005, 02:17 AM
Pegasus,
A product id and product key are "NOT" the same thing - the OP said he
lost his/her product key (the 25-digit 5x5 code to install), but has the
product id (found on the my computer properties a 5x3x7x5 number) - which in
this case, directing him/her to use the keyfinder and/or belarc advisor
is/was a good approach to retrieve the "Product Key", as it would seem the
OP still has the XP installation installed and bootable (since they provided
the Product ID).
But, the OP needs to be aware, if it was an OEM installation, made by a
large PC manufacturer, the "Product Key" retrieved will be that of the "disk
image" used by the manufacturer, not the correct "Product Key" required for
installation (which should be attached to the PC on the side, back, bottom,
top, etc), as the "disk image" Product Key will only work for the "disk
image" it was designed for, not an OEM CD and/or recovery CD.

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"Pegasus (MVP)" <I.can@fly.com> wrote in message
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>
> "happyrpg" <happyrpg@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> news:68C13928-7A8F-4FB5-8A1A-44A5D854EFAE@microsoft.com...
>> I have a Product ID. How can I re-install XP with out the product key?
>>
>> The product was registered.
>>
>> Thanks
>>
>
> I'm a little confused. Your Subject line says "Lost product key"
> and your text says "I have a product ID". Now do you have
> one or don't you?
>
> If you lost it then one of these tools might retrieve it
> from your working WinXP installation:
>
> http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml
> http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html
>
> You might also want to read the big print on the WinXP CD
> box which says "Do not lose this key".
>
>

Richard Urban
07-10-2005, 02:17 AM
What Pegasus is saying is that the person could NOT have a product I.D.
without having had installed the operating system which needs a product key
to install.

Therefore they HAVE a product key!

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Regards,

Richard Urban

aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)

If you knew as much as you think you know,
You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!


"Star Fleet Admiral Q" <Star_Fleet_Admiral_Q(NO-SPAM)@(SPAM-NOT)hotmail.com>
wrote in message news:uoSOnUWZFHA.2756@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
> Pegasus,
> A product id and product key are "NOT" the same thing - the OP said he
> lost his/her product key (the 25-digit 5x5 code to install), but has the
> product id (found on the my computer properties a 5x3x7x5 number) - which
> in this case, directing him/her to use the keyfinder and/or belarc advisor
> is/was a good approach to retrieve the "Product Key", as it would seem the
> OP still has the XP installation installed and bootable (since they
> provided the Product ID).
> But, the OP needs to be aware, if it was an OEM installation, made by a
> large PC manufacturer, the "Product Key" retrieved will be that of the
> "disk image" used by the manufacturer, not the correct "Product Key"
> required for installation (which should be attached to the PC on the side,
> back, bottom, top, etc), as the "disk image" Product Key will only work
> for the "disk image" it was designed for, not an OEM CD and/or recovery
> CD.
>
> --
>
> Star Fleet Admiral Q @ your Service!
>
> http://www.google.com
> Google is your "Friend"
>
> "Pegasus (MVP)" <I.can@fly.com> wrote in message
> news:ubJJrlBZFHA.892@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>>
>> "happyrpg" <happyrpg@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:68C13928-7A8F-4FB5-8A1A-44A5D854EFAE@microsoft.com...
>>> I have a Product ID. How can I re-install XP with out the product key?
>>>
>>> The product was registered.
>>>
>>> Thanks
>>>
>>
>> I'm a little confused. Your Subject line says "Lost product key"
>> and your text says "I have a product ID". Now do you have
>> one or don't you?
>>
>> If you lost it then one of these tools might retrieve it
>> from your working WinXP installation:
>>
>> http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml
>> http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html
>>
>> You might also want to read the big print on the WinXP CD
>> box which says "Do not lose this key".
>>
>>
>
>

djcaseley
07-10-2005, 02:19 AM
The tools suggested are a good idea, but remember that they're a
calculation on the ID, and thus are not infallable. Failing all else,
you may be able to contact Microsoft. If you have enough info, they may
be able to trace your key back.


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