Quote: Originally Posted by Thorsen
MS can also give you validation for your copy if you have proof of your purchase from a licensed retailer. I dont know if they will do this though if you dont have a key. you can also use third party software to get the key off of the computer, but I dont know if its ok to post here or if it is compatible with Windows 7.
What company did you purchase this from?
I believe MS gives you a discount if you go to them with a counterfeit windows experience along with proof of purchase. The reason is it helps MS take action against rogue resellers. Of course, since you say the vendor is reliable, you may be able to extract a deal from them.
As Thorsen said you can retrieve your product key using a tool like Magical Jellybean keyfinder
. But even without that, you should be able to manage. No way an end user consumer can have an install that didnt require a key (unless its OEM or an evaluation copy).