XP serial recovery needed.

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Oct 11, 2008
I have an old computer given to me that came with no serial or XP ( Home Edition) CD.
I started getting a BSOD after one of the power connectors came loose, so I tried to recover Windows with my old CD. I'm not sure if I reinstalled it but I was asked to enter the serial to proceed. I never had it or wrote it down, so I mistakenly tried using a serial from my old laptop. Most of the files are there before I got the BSOD but the screen is messed up (maybe because of drivers.?) and of course can't activate XP.
I used Belarc Advisor before the BSOD/reinstall, and remember it showed the serial. I tried to recover the old Belarc html file that showed it with PC Inspector but I am unsure how to, or if it's even possible to find using this software.
Is there anyway at all to recover the original serial?
Aug 1, 2003
The original version of XP would have to be booted up to recover the serial. If it is OEM and was on a recovery partition, the serial won't work with a standard installation of XP Home, either. It would only work on the version licensed to the manufacturer.

You may need to look into buying recovery CD's from the manufacturer.

If you still suspect that the Belarc file is on the drive, you could try to recover it, but it may not be of any use, as I mentioned.

Free recovery applications:

Diskinternals Recovery Boot CD
Smart Data Recovery
Recover Files
Free Undelete (NTFS only)
Softperfect File Recovery
ADRC Data Recovery Tools
Undelete Plus
Data Recovery
PCI File Recovery
Ultimate Data Recovery
Disk Investigator


O&O Disk Recovery
Paragon Mount Everything (Mounts any file system, CD/DVD burning, File Manager, Partitioner)
GetDataBack (For FAT or NTFS)
Ontrack EasyRecovery Pro
File Scavenger
Recover My Files
RecoverPlus Pro
Zero Assumption Recovery
[email protected] File Recovery
Final Recovery
Recover4All Professional
Easeus Data Recovery Wizard
NTFS Recovery
Aug 7, 2007
Welcome to TSG!

Belarc stores it's report at C:\Program Files\Belarc\Advisor\System\tmp\ComputerName.html

As you've re-installed, none of the keyfinders that read the registry will work.

If the above location hasn't been overwritten, you may be able to recover the Belarc report. You may need to use Recovery Software to search the disk for a file with that name (using the old PC name of course).

Free recovery applications:

1 - Recover Files
2 - Recuva
3 - Restoration
4 - Free Undelete (NTFS only)
5 - Softperfect File Recovery
6 - Undelete Plus
7 - PCI File Recovery
8 - DriveRescue (direct download link)
9 - Ultimate Data Recovery
10 - Disk Investigator


Aug 7, 2007
I'm going to have to swipe Elvandil's list. His is more complete than mine:D

And he's absolutely right that the key you recover may not work with the disk you installed with.

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