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Windows 7: Retrieve Windows 7 product key

08 Jan 2015   #1
Djinn99

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Retrieve Windows 7 product key

Hi,

I was testing an application called Produkey to retrieve my Windows 7 Product key.

It seems to work perfectly and this application has a very good reputation but the Windows product key retrieved by the application is not the same as the one written on the back of my laptop. Strange...
Is there an explanation for this?

Thanks for your ideas.

Djinn


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08 Jan 2015   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Yes their is a reason.
It retrieved the manufactures slp key not the Microsoft COA key.

I would suggest writing down the COA key off of the COA sticker on the computer so you don't loose it. Sometimes the sticker wears out so you can't see it well.

Why are you testing this program?
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08 Jan 2015   #3
Djinn99

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Hi, thanks for your reply.

I'm trying this application because I'm working for a school and we bought 10 new computers for our IT classroom.

They are pre-installed with Windows 7 Pro but I have to add softwares on each of these computers. So I was thinking of doing all these extra installations on one computer and then to clone it and install the clone on all the other computers.
This would save me a lot of time. But I after installing the clones I have to re-enter the windows activation keys on these computers and we don't have these keys. There is no sticker with the Windows Product key on the computers.
The dealer of the computers told me that Microsoft do this now with the Windows 7 pre-installations.

Sorry for the long story but this is the reason why I'm trying this tool. I would like to know if I can find the windows product keys of the other computers before I would install the clones on it.

Just a question about what you said : are the manufactures slc key retrieved by the Productkey tool also valid to activate Windows ? (after a complete reinstallation or the installation of a clone)

Thx
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08 Jan 2015   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Well I think I know the answer under most conditions. Because you are in Belgium and have many computers for classrooms I think our experts on such things would be the best to answer this question.

I will go back to the ranch and ask for help.
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08 Jan 2015   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

The dealer is wrong, any pc sold with windows 7 comes with a COA. If not, he broke the law. He/they owe you a key for every machine they sold you.

And no you can`t use the mass factory activation key to re activate windows.

It would be faster for you to install the software on every pc then to clone every pc
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08 Jan 2015   #6
Djinn99

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks this would be great

I will go to sleep now as it is almost midnight here in Belgium and come back tomorrow to the forum.

Thanks already for your kindly help. Bye
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08 Jan 2015   #7
Djinn99

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
The dealer is wrong, any pc sold with windows 7 comes with a COA. If not, he broke the law. He/they owe you a key for every machine they sold you.

And no you can`t use the mass factory activation key to re activate windows.

It would be faster for you to install the software on every pc then to clone every pc
Cool I didn't expect an answer so quickly!

There are no stickers at all on the computers like the one you showed. So normally the dealer has to give us the licence product keys, right?
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08 Jan 2015   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

AddRAM answered before I got my post for help.
Thanks for jumping in and helping.
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08 Jan 2015   #9
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Yes he does have to give you the keys
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09 Jan 2015   #10
townsbg

Windows 7 pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Djinn99 View Post
Hi, thanks for your reply.

I'm trying this application because I'm working for a school and we bought 10 new computers for our IT classroom.

They are pre-installed with Windows 7 Pro but I have to add softwares on each of these computers. So I was thinking of doing all these extra installations on one computer and then to clone it and install the clone on all the other computers.
This would save me a lot of time. But I after installing the clones I have to re-enter the windows activation keys on these computers and we don't have these keys. There is no sticker with the Windows Product key on the computers.
The dealer of the computers told me that Microsoft do this now with the Windows 7 pre-installations.

Sorry for the long story but this is the reason why I'm trying this tool. I would like to know if I can find the windows product keys of the other computers before I would install the clones on it.

Just a question about what you said : are the manufactures slc key retrieved by the Productkey tool also valid to activate Windows ? (after a complete reinstallation or the installation of a clone)

Thx
To do this you either need to have a multi-volume license from Microsoft or you would need to use the serial numbers that came with the computer. Any license that comes with a computer is likely a OEM license which will only activate on one computer. They cannot be transferred to other computers.
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