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Windows 7: Lost product key. Am I hosed?

19 Sep 2010   #1
hanshotfirst

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Lost product key. Am I hosed?

OK....I'm pretty sure I'm hosed, but here is my situation:

My laptop (Compaq f755US) came with Vista. I received a legal copy of Windows 7 Ultimate from a guy I worked with, at the time, who had a subscription to MSDN. It is a download that was put on a disk. Now my laptop has crashed. Cant even get into it in Safe Mode. I need to re-install the OS, but I cant find the product key ANYWHERE.
Does anyone know if there is anything I can do? Or am I as hosed as I think I am?


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19 Sep 2010   #2
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

WIN + Pause/Break key combo

You will see Product ID there. Is that what you desire?

WIN is the key with the wavy flag.
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19 Sep 2010   #3
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Hanshotfirst,

Oh yes, Welcome to SevenForums.

If that doesn't give you what you want, then use Belarc Security Advisor.
Belarc Advisor - Free Personal PC Audit
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19 Sep 2010   #4
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

It is not a legal copy of Windows 7. MSDN software keys are non-transferable.

Furthermore using an MSDN activated version of Windows can only be used:
Quote:
Many MSDN subscribers use a computer for mixed use—both design, development, testing, and demonstration of your programs (the use allowed under the MSDN subscription license) and some other use. Using the software in any other way, such as for doing email, playing games, or editing a document is another use and is not covered by the MSDN subscription license. When this happens, the underlying operating system must also be licensed normally by purchasing a regular copy of Windows such as the one that came with a new OEM PC.
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19 Sep 2010   #5
hanshotfirst

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

logicearth -
That is news to me. He told me they were his to use as he saw fit as long as he didn't sell them. Seems a little odd to me that he would be given a large number of licenses for all of those products if they could only be used in that manner.

karlsnooks - I had Belarc Advisor. Unfortunatwely I cant get past the blue screen of death. Even in Safe Mode. So I have no access to it
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19 Sep 2010   #6
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Make a system repair disc. This everyone should do.

Boot into SafeMode.

Go to an elevated command prompt and run SFC /SCANNOW

Keep running it until you get a clean bill of health from SFC
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19 Sep 2010   #7
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hanshotfirst View Post
logicearth -
That is news to me. He told me they were his to use as he saw fit as long as he didn't sell them. Seems a little odd to me that he would be given a large number of licenses for all of those products if they could only be used in that manner.

karlsnooks - I had Belarc Advisor. Unfortunatwely I cant get past the blue screen of death. Even in Safe Mode. So I have no access to it
Trust me, he is telling you the truth. First off...when you buy MSDN or Technet...you cannot give your keys away to other people. Even people who work at your company. These are personal keys. If multiple people need to use the software, multiple copies of of MSDN need to be purchased.

And as you can see, MSDN is not a free-for-all to do whatever you want with the software. These licenses are intended for development use.
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19 Sep 2010   #8
hanshotfirst

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks View Post
Make a system repair disc. This everyone should do.

Boot into SafeMode.

Go to an elevated command prompt and run SFC /SCANNOW

Keep running it until you get a clean bill of health from SFC
How do I make a system repair disc for a machine that wont boot up at all? Is it possible?
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19 Sep 2010   #9
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Get back to me when you've run SFC /SCANNOW three times.
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20 Sep 2010   #10
Gameover

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Use Magic Jellybean www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/

It even works in Safe Mode
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