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CD Key Extraction?

by gawoods / July 22, 2011 3:46 AM PDT

I have read an article about "How to Find Product Keys Using Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder" and this program works great.

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This one is easy.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2011 4:08 AM PDT
In reply to: CD Key Extraction?

There are no keys on the XP CDs from Microsoft so you'll never find them on the CD.

Also there are long discussions about using the key code from some OEM on non-OEM XP CDs. Let's hope you are not looking to repeat that discussion. Hint? Another dead end.
Bob

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This one is easy
by gawoods / July 22, 2011 4:32 AM PDT
In reply to: This one is easy.

Then how does the setup know that I am not entering the correct key?

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That is also widely discussed.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2011 5:04 AM PDT
In reply to: This one is easy

The key is sent through a check for validity to see if it's one for the version on the CD.

There is no (legal) list of CDKEYS and even if you did use someone else's key Activation and other things shut this machine down later.

--> Why not tell the entire tale? Maybe we can suggest who to contact next?
Bob

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That is also widely discussed
by gawoods / July 22, 2011 5:10 AM PDT

This is the whole "tale"

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Re: license
by Kees_B Forum moderator / July 22, 2011 5:13 AM PDT

Probably they are identical. Anyway, why care?

Kees

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The tale is not complete.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2011 5:14 AM PDT

Those "licensed" CDs have a logo or printing on them. The ones from Microsoft use a CDKEY that came with the package. However IT staffers tend to lose them in spite of the value.

If the CDKEY is lost to some Microsoft CD that results in some advice.

If the CD is marked Dell, then the advice changes. But there is so much not told here that we would have to guess and guess and you would be upset as all the bad guesses played out.

Fill in all the blanks.
Bob

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Re: license key.
by Kees_B Forum moderator / July 22, 2011 5:07 AM PDT
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It's not on the CD. It's on the COA that comes with the CD.

Kees

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Re: license key.
by gawoods / July 22, 2011 5:14 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: license key.

I don't know which disc came with this particular machine. I have all twenty COA's but they are not with the original disc. They were initially setup by another tech and then turned over to me. The machine's were issued out and I was given a box with all the documentation, cd's and manual's.

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license key?
by gawoods / July 22, 2011 6:45 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: license key.

Thank you for trying to help me with this.

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So they are not identical disks?
by Kees_B Forum moderator / July 22, 2011 6:48 AM PDT
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Say a mixture of different service packs, different OEM's and retail versions, different XP's (Home, Pro, Media Edition), different languages?

Kees

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AHA!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2011 6:52 AM PDT
In reply to: license key?

That's the same old discussion about using license keys found on the bottom of laptops.

If you use the right CD (it should not have the Microsoft Logo printed on it) then you NEVER enter in the key on the laptop's bottom.

For example, I use my Dell XP CD and it installs without me typing in the OEM key because the Dell XP CD is modified to work without bothering the owner during install.

Again, the gritty details are missing but you did reveal something that doesn't work. (using OEM CDKEYS on Microsoft "licensed" CDs.)
Bob

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license key?
by Awizard2u / July 23, 2011 1:54 AM PDT
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Try each disk until the correct one is accepted. Hopefully you'll find the right one early.

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OEM SLP Windows install
by lasvegaswireman / July 22, 2011 4:56 PM PDT
In reply to: CD Key Extraction?

If all the computers are the same, it is likely that the OEM installation keys are also the same. Preactivated (SLP/SLIC) OEM Windows installations are mass distributed and as a result they will not match the unique product KEY on the computer. The OEM installation disk from computer '1' should install fine on any of the other computers, provided they are the same make and model.
Please see the following link concerning SLP (System Locked Preinstallation); http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/System_Locked_Preinstallation
Frank

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