Just like losing your car keys, this can cost you money. You don't yell at the locksmith as you pay him, do you?
There is no free ride here. You get to call in and plead your case.
My friend has bought a new computer and wants to transfer several years of turbo-tax from old computer with win 98 to new computer with win xp. He has installation cd for each year but unfortunately does not have key which is required to install each year's turbo-tax programs to new computer so he is unable to cut and paste files. Turbo-tax website is no help. Any suggestions? Thanks.