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Product Key

by fren / September 18, 2004 9:27 AM PDT

Greetings!

How can I get or retrieve the Product Key Number of a computer.

WinXP

Thanks!

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Easy, just ask...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 18, 2004 9:40 AM PDT
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Re: Easy, just ask...
by MKay / September 19, 2004 10:54 AM PDT
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Thanks Bob, Now I took a screen pic and put a copy on file in my documents and in my email files for fast reference should I need it.

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Re: Product Key
by glenn30 / September 18, 2004 9:49 AM PDT
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Re: Product Key
by xcks / September 18, 2004 1:58 PM PDT
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Press and hold these 2 keys

ctrl alt

then tap the s key

or simply put ->

ctrl alt s

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Re: Product Key
by fren / September 18, 2004 6:49 PM PDT
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Thanks to all of you!!!

I really wanted to know is how to retrieve the WinXP key in DOS, just in case my system crashed.

Thanks!

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Re: Product Key
by glb613 / September 18, 2004 8:01 PM PDT
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It is best to have a copy of the key number written down somewhere BEFORE a system crash. Most who receive a operating system CD will get a product key number with the CD. If you can't find it, use Belarc to retrive the information. It is a fast and easy way to have a record of what is installed on your computer. It also will show the product key numbers for all programs installed.

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Re: Product Key
by fren / September 18, 2004 9:58 PM PDT
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Thanks for your advice, glb613!!!

Sometimes I'll have to service our other pc, so I asked this inquiry just in case our pc needs servicing.

Any more ideas to solve this product key issue.

Thanks!

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Re: Product Key
by glb613 / September 18, 2004 10:52 PM PDT
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I've downloaded, run Belarc and printed out the information on every computer I own. I also have the original product key numbers stored with the operating system/restore CD(s). I thought everyone did this and was I wrong! I can't believe the number of people who can't find their CDs let alone the product key number. You can be proactive and organized now or suffer the consequences later. And if you don't, it can be very expensive if something goes wrong. How you approach this is up to you. Good luck.

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Re: Product Key
by fren / September 19, 2004 7:49 AM PDT
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Ok, thanks for your advice. From now on, I'll start getting or retrieving the product keys of our pc.

Again, thanks!

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The easiest approach for multiple PCs (IMHO) is...
by FrankQTran / September 19, 2004 12:00 AM PDT
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1. Go to this site http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml and download the Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder (small program, it's less than 7K)
2. Extract/copy it to your floppy
3. During booting of the WinXP machine, press "F8" key then select "Safe Mode Boot with Command Prompt"
4. Upon the completion of WinXP Safe Mode Load, put the floppy conatining the KeyFinder.exe
5. Type in A:\KeyFinder then press the "ENTER" key. You should see the Windows ProductKey displayed

Notes: You can also copy the program from floppy into the C:\ root and execute from there

Regards,

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Addendum...
by FrankQTran / September 19, 2004 12:10 AM PDT

Typo error...

the KeyFinder.exe should be read as less than 300K (257K)

Regards,

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Re: Addendum...
by fren / September 19, 2004 7:53 AM PDT
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Thanks for your advice, FrankQTran!!

Ok, I'll go there and download it. I'll also try the KeyFinder.

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