Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Need help discovering my license to reinstall corrupted windows

02 Jan 2014   #1
searle

windows 7 64 bit home premium
 
 
Need help discovering my license to reinstall corrupted windows

Hi All,

My windows 7 system is failing to boot so I'm looking at having to reformat my drive and reinstall.

As I can't boot up my system, most of the options for finding out my license key I have found on the internet are pretty much redundant, does anyone have any suggestions?

To clarify, I'd like the license/key that allows me to legally reinstall windows once I have wiped my drive, as I don't want to have to pay for a whole new license as I don't feel I should have to!

Is this something that is possible to do? If so can I do it without being able to boot my system? (I can access the command prompt as an option of the windows bootup repair, and can access files by booting Ubuntu from a USB stick)

Thanks

Edit: I can find no trace of the windows sticker which usually lists such information


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
02 Jan 2014   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

There is a sticker somewhere on the PC case with the needed key. If you bought the w7 disk, it's on the packaging.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jan 2014   #3
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

See here: Windows 8 product key

Works with XP, Vista and Windows 7 as well.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

02 Jan 2014   #4
searle

windows 7 64 bit home premium
 
 

Hi guys,

thanks for your rapid responses,

it is a refurbished laptop and doesn't seem to have the sticker on the outside, not sure whether it used to and has somehow come off or whether it was never on it but that isn't an option.

As mentioned in my post Ztruker, I'm currently unable to boot in Windows, only in Linux, though I can access the command prompt.

Would your suggested fix work in Ubuntu? (I imagine not)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jan 2014   #5
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Try using that .vbs script via command prompt at boot, as you said you can get that far.
Any idea why it won't boot?

Whoever sold it should have gave a key with the machine.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jan 2014   #6
searle

windows 7 64 bit home premium
 
 

Sorry by this do you mean type all the script into the windows command prompt that is meant to be saved as a .vbs in the guide?

I have a second thread running as to the actual problem but I don't hold too much hope, nothing I've tried has worked and I've been at it for a couple of weeks now (Suspected corrupt system 32 files preventing laptop from booting)

So I'm now at the stage where I want to wipe and start again, which I'm not hugely bothered by as I've copied the files I want to keep to another harddrive but I'm struggling to organise a valid W7 installation to set up once I wipe. Obviously a fix would be preferable!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jan 2014   #7
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Try this one:Repair Install
See the Note box if you need to make a new install media.

I'm not sure if typing the text in a cmd window will work, I'm not well versed in scripts.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jan 2014   #8
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Just create the Showkey.vbs script and copy it to the root of your C: drive then run it from the Command Prompt. I don't think it will work as it has a graphical output but it's worth a try.

Also, try running sfc /scannow from the Command Prompt.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 Jan 2014   #9
gregrocker

 

Why would you not even mention the make or model? If it's Dell the COA sticker with Product Key may be under the battery.

If it's refurbished Win7 it still should have a sticker proving you were sold Genuine Windows. If you'd mentioned the model we would already know what OS ships with it to know if it's Win7. If so it may have a Recovery partition. But to tell you how to run that we need to know the maker.

What I would do now is make the Win7 installation DVD for your licensed version from Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 then boot it to run Startup Repair. If that fails after running it a few times, work through the steps in Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot. It may be preferable to fix Win7 so we can look at the http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=52012 report to know if it is even a Genuine copy of Windows, and if so help you audit the key for future reinstall.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Need help discovering my license to reinstall corrupted windows




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Discovering items ...
I am sure many people saw this when attempting to copy or move or delete a large file or a bunch of files. You try to do this and you see a little window that you expect will show you the progress and eventually it will, but it starts with the message "Discovering items ..." and sits on it for...
General Discussion
Which license i need to use to reinstall Windows 7 on a Notebook?
Hi there, my friend asked me to restore his laptop so after work i went to his home to do it and when i arrived he noticed me that another friend installed from scrath Windows XP and he deleted the restore partition and has a illegal copy of Windows... As i found this forum i read a thread...
Installation & Setup
WOW! Why am I just now discovering this app.
This app really helps my tired late night eyes, color picking and graphics alignment /positioning. It has wheel scrollable zoom, is easily resizable and is far easier to use than the oem app (just pin to taskbar). Virtual Magnifying Glass 3.4
Software
Discovering items (when copying, deleting, etc) takes a long time
When i move files from different partitions or try to delete files or add files to a flash drive it discovers items or calculates and takes too long. Ive read different solutions like check in safe mode, get rid of antivirus software, rebuild index, etc Since theres so many solutions need to...
Performance & Maintenance
Copy to XP - hangs at 'discovering'
All, The problem is simple: on my Win7 box, I tried to copy three files (two PDF and one PPT, total size < 2 MB) to my networked XP machine. The system was 'discovering' for several minutes before it failed to copy any files. I then tried to copy a single file, and had the same result. When I...
Network & Sharing
Corrupted Windows 7 Reinstall
Ok so I have a corrupted Windows 7, and I'm trying to reinstall by formatting my hard drive. But in the command prompt all it shows is X:\Sources> and I can't use any commands, and I've tried changing the directory by typing cd C:\ but it just keeps saying X:\Sources> Can anyone help me. I'm using...
Installation & Setup


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:31.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App