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need to recover windows serial key

my hard drive died... well i couldnt get into windowsXP-or safe mode
so i got a new hard drive and put my dads windowsXP and installed it with his serial key then just plugged in my old drive and now i have access to all my old files and the windows folder on my old drive. but to activate windowsXP on the new drive i need my old serial key (lost and no were to be found) so i need to get the cd key off my other drive but i cant boot off from it. so... i have like 20 days left so.. yea

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(NT) pre-install XP, number should be on computer sticker

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its built

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i built my comp
tnx anyways

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Try what Grif said.

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I think the second part of his post to you shows a possibility worth a try. The first part requires that the hard drive be bootable, so I think it is a "no go" for you, but maybe the second part will work.

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(NT) i built my comp

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Then One Of Two Things Should Have Been Done...

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If you had a legal version of XP to install originally and since you still have the XP CD, then the key number should be on the CD case..


if the old drive is still functioning, there are a couple of ways that might work..

1. The Magical Jellybean keyfinder will work when you boot Windows from the drive where the key resides:

2. Try the link below to find the registry information on the old drive:

Hope this helps.


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Product KEY xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx

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I have come to a point on being a Desktop Administrator..
That is to keep the PC Secure..
That is to maintain the software registration..
and of course I need to deal w/Hardware and Software-Conflicts..
Well..the Device Manager has a TEXT-Box that allows one to ENABLE-DISABLE..and offers some Diagnostic on the hardwares..No Conflicts..and the like..
My Device Manager always states this..that everything is "hunky-doory"..No Conflicts..when actually there are some RESOURCE problems..that cause SYSTEM breakdowns..Crashes..
I have found a NICE TOUCH/to Desktop Operation..
2/Understand the CPU that's running your PC..visit the website that
..supports your DEVICE..look up its Specifications..CPU's run on
3/ really need to know the RAM Module Part Number..and its
4/PCI-expansion CARDS..Can your PC really allow these CARDS to RUN..??
..I run two PC's..on a KVM-switch..ONE PC operates w/o PCI-expansion..
5/AGE..computers do age..In my 5-Years of experiance..I have found
..problems appear at about 5-years of age..Learn how to UPGRADE..
6/External HDD..these DEVICES are life-savers..and help manage
......................................................................That's about as easy as I can make it..
Hardware Accelleration-ReInstall-DSKCLEAN-Security CTR-Defragmentor/
and really knowing your DEVICE MANAGER.

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tnx so far but..

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ok i lost the cd i have the serial on the case...
im gonna try to fix my other drive so i can boot from it then use the prog that show the cd key...

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