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Windows 7: Cannot find activation key

25 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 x64
Cannot find activation key

When W7 first came out, I did the digital upgrade and also got the hard copy of it in the mail a week or so later

sadly it wasnt the lovely box i was hoping for but instead a white envelope and whatnot with the certificate of authenticity on the inside of it.....sadly no key

what do i do now? i know this has to have been an issue for everyone else

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25 Jan 2011   #2
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Call MS and explain your scenario to them......Activation and registration of a Microsoft product
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26 Jan 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP


I believe the key is emailed at purchase.

Check your email, junk mail folder, or ask for replacement from MS Customer Service.

You can also run Belarc Advisor to audit all installed Product Keys on your System.
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26 Jan 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

If you are still running that Windows, will not running Speccy give you the activation key? Or am I naive in my understanding?
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28 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

If one wants to decipher the activation key of his running Windows, there is actually more than one way - rather tool, one can use.

Speccy, Belarc Advisor...... these require to be installed.

"SIW without installer" is more elegant. Just download the SIW.exe file from SIW | Download (go to the bottom of the page) and click on it. You can even run it from your pendrive. Just try it and then explore it.

OT: My 100th post was dedicated to Shark 007. This 200 I dedicate to Dave76.
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31 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

Yet another Windows Product Key Retriever.


Download from Windows Product Key Retriever . Requires Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0.

Doesn't the GUI look impressive?

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