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Windows 7: Recover Product Key from Old Hard Disk?


26 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 
Recover Product Key from Old Hard Disk?

Hi,

I upgraded my hard disk. Now my Windows 7 Professional product key is "stuck" on my old hard disk (which is now mounted as an external USB drive). I tried the sniffer product key programs to recover my product key (I have legitimately paid for and own the Windows 7 Professional key) but I am getting "do not have permission" error when sniffing old hard disk for product key.
Any ideas on how I might recover the Professional product key I own? (I have tried about 6 sniffer programs but all deny access to external Windows 7 directories)

Thanks for any help.


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26 Sep 2010   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Have you tried Magic Jelly Bean; it has been very succeful in the past.
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26 Sep 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

Yes, I've tried them all. I get the error message "Can't load registry hive from F:\... A required priviledge is not held by the client"
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26 Sep 2010   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Sharing and Permissions
Read this it may help.
and/Or use the hidden administrator
Built-in Administrator Account - Enable or Disable[2]=User Accounts
Try the hidden adminstrator in safe mode, also.
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26 Sep 2010   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

The easiest thing to do would be to temporarily swap the drives back, run Magic Jelly Bean (or Belarc Advisor) and make a note of the key.
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26 Sep 2010   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
The easiest thing to do would be to temporarily swap the drives back, run Magic Jelly Bean (or Belarc Advisor) and make a note of the key.
+1.
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26 Sep 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

Thanks for the advice everyone. A great help. That fixed it.
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26 Sep 2010   #8

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

You're welcome.
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22 Oct 2010   #9

Windows 7
 
 

But for me the software didn't help , for windows enterprise/ultimate , What can I do ?
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27 Oct 2010   #10

windows 7 professional & ultimate 64bit laptops
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
The easiest thing to do would be to temporarily swap the drives back, run Magic Jelly Bean (or Belarc Advisor) and make a note of the key.

simple,correct,quick

+1 too
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