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Windows 7: How do I find my product key from windows.old?

09 Dec 2012   #11
tom982

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No worries! Happy to help Thanks for the rep - you've just given me my first medal.


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19 Jun 2013   #12
tekn0

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tom982 View Post
Hi thx1139,

I don't know how to do it in Jelly Bean, but I do with ProduKey:

Your Windows 7 product key is stored in the software registry hive, located here:

C:\Windows\system32\config\software

Please note, software is the file name, not a directory. It has no file extension. Your drive may have a different letter.

This is a little program that will tell you the product keys of the various software installed on your computer. What makes this different, is the ability to load keys from an external registry hive. Exactly what we want

So if you download and run ProduKey (by NirSoft):

http://www.nirsoft.n...key_viewer.html

Then press File > Select Source, you will be presented with a new menu. On this, select Load the product keys from an external Software Registry hive and you will be prompted to open a file. Navigate to the software hive on the external drive and open the hive. E.g. D:\Windows\system32\config\software. You should now have your product keys

Hope this helped.

Tom
Hi Tom,

I ran the application and point it to C:\Windows.old\windows\system32\config\ "software" cannot see, or am I missing something here.
I reinstalled and just wanted to "key" from "windows.old" folder please.

tek
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20 Jun 2013   #13
tom982

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Hi tek,

Command Prompt


Warning: this fix is specific to the user in this thread. No one else should follow these instructions as it may cause more harm than good. If you are after assistance, please start a thread of your own.

  1. Click on the Start button and in the search box, type Command Prompt
  2. When you see Command Prompt on the list, right-click on it and select Run as administrator
  3. When command prompt opens, copy and paste the following commands into it, press enter after each


    attrib -r -s -h C:\Windows.old\windows\system32\config\*.*
    dir C:\Windows.old\windows\system32\config\


  4. Right-click on the Command Prompt window and click Select All, this will invert all of the colours by selecting the text, now press enter. All of this text is now copied.
  5. Paste (Ctrl+V) it into your next post please.



Tom
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20 Jun 2013   #14
Kaktussoft

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produkey.exe /regfile "C:\Windows.old\windows\system32\config\software"
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22 Jun 2013   #15
tekn0

Windows 7
 
 

[QUOTE=tom982;2440830]Hi tek,

Command Prompt


Warning: this fix is specific to the user in this thread. No one else should follow these instructions as it may cause more harm than good. If you are after assistance, please start a thread of your own.

  1. Click on the Start button and in the search box, type Command Prompt
  2. When you see Command Prompt on the list, right-click on it and select Run as administrator
  3. When command prompt opens, copy and paste the following commands into it, press enter after each


    attrib -r -s -h C:\Windows.old\windows\system32\config\*.*
    dir C:\Windows.old\windows\system32\config\


  4. Right-click on the Command Prompt window and click Select All, this will invert all of the colours by selecting the text, now press enter. All of this text is now copied.
  5. Paste (Ctrl+V) it into your next post please.
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22 Jun 2013   #16
tom982

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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The software hive is there Try looking again:

05/25/2013 08:17 AM 72,876,032 software
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22 Jun 2013   #17
tekn0

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tom982 View Post
The software hive is there Try looking again:

05/25/2013 08:17 AM 72,876,032 software
I see the "software" and the massive size it is

[05/25/2013 08:17 AM 72,876,032 software]

But I might be running the "app" incorrectly, cause it does not read the key, just says "unknown' on the product key.
But I am pointing it to the correct location which is

C:\Windows.old\windows\system32\config\
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23 Jun 2013   #18
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

produkey.exe /regfile "C:\Windows.old\windows\system32\config\software"
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28 Jun 2013   #19
tekn0

Windows 7
 
 

Just barely made it!

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28 Jun 2013   #20
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

You succesfully found the key?
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