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Windows 7: Can I re-obtain my XP product key from MS?

01 Jul 2009   #1
lordofpi

Blackcomb Vienna Windows6.1 Windows7
 
 
Can I re-obtain my XP product key from MS?

Now that it is pre-ordering time, I am pretty well convinced that I am going to order a three upgrades to Windows 7 Pro. However, in thinking about it, I realized that, like a dope, I never took the time to record my PK before I erased my genuine copy of XP Home back when I started beta testing on my HP Mini (which of course comes with no CDs). Windows was most certainly "activated." Does Microsoft have a mechanism for retrieving lost keys so that I don't have to pay three times as much?


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01 Jul 2009   #2
Melee54

Windows 7
 
 

Aren't there usually stickers on the PC somewhere that have the product key? Or in a booklet that was included?
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01 Jul 2009   #3
lordofpi

Blackcomb Vienna Windows6.1 Windows7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Melee54 View Post
Aren't there usually stickers on the PC somewhere that have the product key? Or in a booklet that was included?

lol, IAFI. This is probably the first pre-built computer I've bought since the early Nineties. I never thought to look there. I was pissed when I first got it that I did not get the holographic certificate of authenticity and backup CD like I would when purchasing retail. Sorry to waste the forum's time, lol.
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02 Jul 2009   #4
akash3656

Windows 7 32-bit; no 64 coz its a P4 478
 
 

NONO... you cant do that... but you can run a program that shows your product key..
Go here and download it and run it: Magical Jelly Bean Software - Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder v2.0.1
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02 Jul 2009   #5
lordofpi

Blackcomb Vienna Windows6.1 Windows7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by akash3656 View Post
NONO... you cant do that... but you can run a program that shows your product key..
Go here and download it and run it: Magical Jelly Bean Software - Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder v2.0.1
Well, the point was that I had already formatted over that install and had been putting the betas on that partition without ever having recorded the PK -- thankfully, it _was_ on a label affixed to the bottom of my Mini.

I tried that program on my other PC, though, and it worked like charm. Thanks for the post!
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