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Need help finding the product key of a damaged installation

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Henrih, Feb 16, 2014.

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  1. Henrih

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    So, my situation is this.

    I have a laptop which has Win XP installed, but the installation has become totally corrupt. I can't get into Windows, not even in safe mode, and I tried repair install but it couldn't even find the Windows installation. So I'm thinking, I have no choice but to install Windows again right?

    The laptop also has Xubuntu installed and I can access the Windows partition that way. But how would I get the product key from the Windows installation? Is there some file or files that I can take out and transfer over to another PC to check with some program or something? I tried looking around but I just can't quite make sense of what would be the best course of action here.

    Oh and before you ask, yes there is a sticker on the bottom of the laptop but it's so worn out I can't see what the product key is. I have Win XP CD ready, but the product key on that CD is for my other computer so I can't use that.

    Sorry if I make this sound confusing :confused: Help would be appreciated :eek:
     
  2. Henrih

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    Anyone? :(
     
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    I deleted my previous post because on further thought it doesn't do what's desired here. Sorry.
     
  4. Crazy10

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    AFAIK, you could download and install Wine (in the Software Center) for XUbuntu and the Magic JellyBean Finder (for Windows) and install through Wine.
     
  5. Henrih

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    I already tried that but the program wouldn't start, it loads for a while and then displays an error message :confused:
     
  6. Crazy10

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    What message is that?
     
  7. Henrih

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    It's in Finnish, roughly translates to "The program keyfinder.exe has encountered a serious problem and it must be closed. We're sorry for the inconvenience"
     
  8. Crazy10

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    Have you tried PlayOnLinux?
     
  9. Henrih

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    No, I didn't know about that, will try it out thanks :)
     
  10. Henrih

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    It still gives the same error message with PlayonLinux...
     
  11. Crazy10

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    Do you have another computer?
     
  12. Henrih

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    Yes, what do you suggest?
     
  13. Crazy10

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    Get a hard drive enclosure and install JellyBean on the other computer. Load the registry hive in %Laptop HDD%\Windows\System32.
     
  14. Henrih

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    Hmm. I thought of an easier way, just copy the system32 folder to the unix partition and then to an usb flash drive. But I keep getting i/o errors on every single file. Seems like it's really beyond salvaging...
     
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    What you can maybe try is to get restore/recovery cds for your model of computer from whoever made it if its a branded one like dell, hp, etc.when those are used they rarely if ever have to be activated so it doesnt matter if the COA sticker is unreadable.
     
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