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

17 Jan 2012   #1
garethgkr

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

Hi

I recently helped my cousin reformat his laptop and he cannot remember where he put his license key.
Is there a way to find it out through windows.old that was created when laptop was formatted?

Thanks


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17 Jan 2012   #2
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

I think you could use nirsoft or jellybean and point it to the windows.old directory...

ProduKey - Recover lost product key (CD-Key) of Windows/MS-Office/SQL Server

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17 Jan 2012   #3
garethgkr

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Thank you so much!!! You're a champ!
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17 Jan 2012   #4
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

That's why we get the big bucks. Oh wait, we're volunteers!

Let us know how it goes.
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18 Jan 2012   #5
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by garethgkr View Post
Hi

I recently helped my cousin reformat his laptop and he cannot remember where he put his license key.
Is there a way to find it out through windows.old that was created when laptop was formatted?

Thanks
Assuming the laptop came pre-installed, the Key is on the COA sticker on the case (or inside the battery compartment)
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19 Jan 2012   #6
garethgkr

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by garethgkr View Post
Hi

I recently helped my cousin reformat his laptop and he cannot remember where he put his license key.
Is there a way to find it out through windows.old that was created when laptop was formatted?

Thanks
Assuming the laptop came pre-installed, the Key is on the COA sticker on the case (or inside the battery compartment)
It wasn't pre-installed.

But it is fixed now so, thanks!
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19 Jan 2012   #7
NoelDP

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Glad to hear it - good luck!
)Please mark the thread as 'solved' - that helps others either find or avoid it)
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09 Dec 2012   #8
thx1139

Win 7 Home Premium (OEM) - Install date: 02-2010
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lemur View Post
I think you could use nirsoft or jellybean and point it to the windows.old directory...

ProduKey - Recover lost product key (CD-Key) of Windows/MS-Office/SQL Server

KeyFinder | Magical Jelly Bean
Hi. How do you redirect Jelly Bean KeyFinder to a specific folder?
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09 Dec 2012   #9
tom982

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

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
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09 Dec 2012   #10
thx1139

Win 7 Home Premium (OEM) - Install date: 02-2010
 
 

Thanks a lot, Tom! I'd never have managed that without you and you saved me a lot of hassle (and maybe tears!)
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