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Windows 7: Retrieving a product key

21 Nov 2010   #1
ZJE123

Windows 7, Windows Vista
 
 
Reusing a product key

I bought the windows 7 installer as an upgrade from vista. I bought it using the student discount. My hard drive went bad, but I used to be able to log onto windows. Now it's past that point and every time I try to boot windows, it will give me an error message. When I log into Ubuntu from my flash drive, it fully recognizes my bad hard drive and can read files from it. I am getting a new hard drive anyway but, how can I get the product key off this hard drive so that way use it on my new hard drive to install windows 7? I have the key printed, but how can I use the key again if it is already in use?


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21 Nov 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Try magic jelly bean I will get the link

Found it, here you go
http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/
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21 Nov 2010   #3
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

If you bought the student deal from Digitalriver or MS, the key would be in your email.
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21 Nov 2010   #4
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Always best to Print out Two (2) copies of your Key and keep in safe places
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21 Nov 2010   #5
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Go to your student discount email account & print off the emails.
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21 Nov 2010   #6
ZJE123

Windows 7, Windows Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Try magic jelly bean I will get the link

Found it, here you go
Keyfinder | Magical Jelly Bean
Sorry, I worded it wrong, I have the key printed, and on an external hard drive, but technically the key is in use. Since the key is in use, wouldn't it NOT let me use it again? That's what I'm really asking, sorry for the confusion
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21 Nov 2010   #7
ZJE123

Windows 7, Windows Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Always best to Print out Two (2) copies of your Key and keep in safe places
Sorry, I worded it wrong, I have the key printed, and on an external hard drive, but technically the key is in use. Since the key is in use, wouldn't it NOT let me use it again? That's what I'm really asking, sorry for the confusion
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21 Nov 2010   #8
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

You dont need to retreive the key- as long as you dont use that old drive or junk it, you are fine using it on a new one. At the most, you may need to activate windows by calling MS.
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21 Nov 2010   #9
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

When asked for your number do not give it
Untick the box activate automatically when on line
You then have 30 days toactivate
Actvate by phone and explain if necessary
Activate Windows 7 by Phone
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21 Nov 2010   #10
ZJE123

Windows 7, Windows Vista
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
You dont need to retreive the key- as long as you dont use that old drive or junk it, you are fine using it on a new one. At the most, you may need to activate windows by calling MS.
Oh thanks, I did not know that you could do that.
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