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Windows 7: windows 7 key

23 Jul 2011   #1

win 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
windows 7 key

I've done a clean installation of win 7 home for a mate on his laptop and want to use the product key that is underneath the laptop to complete the installation but the key has faded completely, I've emailed toshiba about it as its a toshiba model but ive had no response and its been 2 days. Is there any way to retrave it any quicker?


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23 Jul 2011   #2

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

No, theres no way. I dont think Toshiba will respond either but good luck, have your original purchase documentation ready.
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23 Jul 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello romdut, welcome to Seven Forums!


For future reference, edit the Windows activation key out first, before you do the new install using this great little free app linked below, it'll even run from a USB stick and doesn't have to be "installed" to Windows for it to run; sorry it's no help now.


SIW - System Information for Windows


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23 Jul 2011   #4

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 no SP
 
 

If you have any UV lamp try to read it with that, you should have written it down somewhere, microsoft should have made a sticker that is not so crap.
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23 Jul 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Quote:
want to use the product key that is underneath the laptop to complete the installation but the key has faded completely
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microsoft should have made a sticker that is not so crap.
@ speedgamer01, I don't believe this is Microsoft's fault
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23 Jul 2011   #6

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 no SP
 
 

You're right I don't know who made it
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23 Jul 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

You may be able to audit the currently-installed Product Key as suggested but I am not sure it will work if the factory OEM-SLP activation method was used to activate the current OS.

Using the Product Key on the COA sticker requires a different OEM-COA activation method for which only the COA key can work.

In the past I have been able to have MS phone activation parse the key read from the HD by a program like Belarc Advisor, however others report that it won't work.

For this reason your best course is to pursue replacing the key with the manufacturer, or ordering the manufacturers Recovery Disks which will self-activate. Of course you can do this while concurrently trying a clean install with SLP key read from HD, but no promises.

Bill2 will correct me if I've gotten any of this wrong.
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23 Jul 2011   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

How to use Toshiba Recovery.
How to use the Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility

You can order Toshiba Recovery disks from here:
https://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/...rification.jsp
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24 Jul 2011   #9

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

If you go onto the Toshiba laptop and go to Control Panel >> System and then you can get the licence key from there!
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24 Jul 2011   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iKeirNez View Post
If you go onto the Toshiba laptop and go to Control Panel >> System and then you can get the licence key from there!
The Toshiba Product Key is on the COA sticker on base, not in Control Panel.
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