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Windows 7: How do I find the Win7 key of an installation that will not boot?

08 Nov 2013   #1
xlirate

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
How do I find the Win7 key of an installation that will not boot?

I have a 100gb hdd from a laptop plugged into an external hdd bay, mounted and working from another win7 laptop. How do I fetch the key used to install the windows on the 100gb hdd?


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08 Nov 2013   #2
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

It will be on a Sticker called a COA sticker on the underside of the laptop from which it came.
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08 Nov 2013   #3
xlirate

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It has worn off that was were I looked first.
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08 Nov 2013   #4
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

As you have removed the HD from the laptop you obviusly cannot re-install the OS to that machine and it will be an OEM version of Windows 7 so you cannot use it on any other machine.
That said you can follow this to find the key:
Product Key Number for Windows 7 - Find and See
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08 Nov 2013   #5
xlirate

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It was not an oem version, this is a refurbished laptop.
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08 Nov 2013   #6
YoYo155

Windows 10
 
 

As mitchell65 suggested you can use KeyFinder | Magical Jelly Bean.
But since it's an offline OS you might need to load the hive.
How do I find the Win7 key of an installation that will not boot?-laodhiveconfig.jpg
In the browse window, navigate to:
Code:
X:\Windows\system32\config\software
information   Information
"X:\" -Being the letter of the offline OS's C:\ partition.


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08 Nov 2013   #7
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Produkey is easier.

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

( Also comes in 64 bit - useful to just throw into simple 64 pe.)

How do I find the Win7 key of an installation that will not boot?-produkey.jpg


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10 Nov 2013   #8
xlirate

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It is coming up empty, I think the drive may be worse off then I first thought. Thanks for the help.
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