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CD Key from Windows XP Pro CD

by barkassdog / October 10, 2005 11:42 AM PDT

Is it possible to retrieve the cd key from the Windows XP Installation CD?

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No
by thought_stazi / October 10, 2005 11:48 AM PDT

It's not stored on the CD anywhere. It's an algorithm in the setup program that checks to see if it's valid or not.

If you've already installed Windows, you can get it that way, just not off the CD.

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(NT) (NT) No. Because the key is not on the CD.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 10, 2005 11:51 AM PDT
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Magicaljellybean
by earlylate / October 10, 2005 7:26 PM PDT
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Tried it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 10, 2005 11:59 PM PDT
In reply to: Magicaljellybean

The CD-Key was not retrieved from the CD.

Test environment was a Windows 95 box and the Full XP Pro SP2 CD.

It didn't work.

Bob

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No but, you can
by glb613 / October 10, 2005 11:07 PM PDT

locate it by using either keyfinder or Belarc. That is if you haven't already reinstalled the operating system.

Most notebooks and many desktops will have a sticker attached to the computer that has the product key number listed. Check the bottom on the notebook or the side of the desktop case and see if it is there.

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