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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by uselbi, Aug 8, 2006.

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  1. uselbi

    uselbi Thread Starter

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    On Win/98 you could always find out what the product key number for that machine was by going into the Registry. Can that also be done in Win/2000 and Win/XP? Thanks..Jim
     
  2. ozrom1e

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    Yes it can but the product key should be on the side of the computer. Do you have the install software that came with the computer? Use the following program to find it

    Belarc Advisor - Free Personal PC Audit = key code for Windows
    http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html
     
  3. uselbi

    uselbi Thread Starter

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    ozrom1e,

    No. ItÂ’s one of those home built jobs and my friend does not have any software, so before I rebuild it for him I need to get the Product Key number off of his machine. Jim
     
  4. ozrom1e

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    Try the Belarc>
     
  5. uselbi

    uselbi Thread Starter

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    ozrom1e,

    I tried it on my laptop with the product key number on the bottom of my laptop and the software licenses key numbers do not match. Why is that?...Jim
     
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    Doesn't Windows (somtimes?) give you a new number after you install?

    As in the OEM # on a right click of My Computer does not match my product key code on bottom of this laptop either.
     
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    bassetman Moderator (deceased) - Gone but never forgotten

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    Mt belarc results don't match either :(
     
  8. kiwiguy

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    That is normal on a preinstall.

    They are bulk installed, but if you try and reuse the "installed key" I don't believe it will work.

    You have to use the one on the sticker.

    Otherwise a monkey would have to do each install separately in the factory instead of a bulk imaging process before the HDD was installed as is pesently the case.
     
  9. Squashman

    Squashman Trusted Advisor

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    I have always used Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder or RockXP to find the key.
     
  10. kiwiguy

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    But on an OEM "preinstall" they will often just find the "golden master key" and not the one that you have to use when reinstalling.

    Every laptop I have had has shown the universal key with any of the applications. Had me puzzled at first as well.

    This site has some good info on it:
    http://www.edbott.com/weblog/?p=506
     
  11. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Good site Kiwi, it explains the OEM versions quite well. :)
     
  12. ozrom1e

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    kiwiguy = Great article and I really like it. This article explains this in great detail. As a matter of fact I will be using this later when needed.

    Thank you very much

    ozrom1e
     
  13. uselbi

    uselbi Thread Starter

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    kiwiguy,
    The article was very informative, but it looks like NO DISK,NO KEY,NO LUCK. Thanks for your help and I learned a lot about WPA....Jim
     
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