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Windows 7: Windows 7 COA faded

08 Oct 2010   #11


But one given by Belarc is an OEM key, and will only work with the OEM disc. Which after installation won't require activation.

Options are to find an OEM disc for you PC, or get one from HP.

If you still have your recovery intact, your fine just use the recovery options for for re-installation.

If your worried the drive might fail, get the disc mentioned above.

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08 Oct 2010   #12
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit

A while back, I used a freeware product called Magical Jellybean Keyfinder to find and record all the product keys for my apps. I just checked their website and they claim it does NOT support Win7, but I downloaded it and tried it, and sure enough, it spat out my Win7 product key. So, you could give that a try.
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14 Oct 2010   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit (6.1, Build 7600)

Keyfinders will only find the SLP (system lock pre-install) key..If your intention is to find the COA key. You can't, unless you changed your SLP key before to a COA key. The keyfinders will only find the currently used Product Key.

In the COA Sticker, there is a part number that starts with x15

Check with the OEM Manufacturers/Microsoft if they can replace the COA code using that part number since it is not visible anymore.

P.S. Recovery Disc or Factory Image Recovery Restore uses SLP key as default.

Hope it helps,
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15 Oct 2010   #14
Microsoft MVP


adverse: have you had the key found by Belarc or MJ on factory OEM not work?

I could swear I've used both that and the ones off the COA sticker, only had to do the robocall.
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06 Sep 2013   #15

Windows 7 64bit
NEW Windows COA Recovery Option

I have an alternative out of the box idea. I ran into this same problem with a totally unreadable Windows 7 COA. I noticed upon extemely close examination that the COA actually leaves very small indentations. If you take a very small amount of acrylic paint on your finger and very very lightly rub the area the numbers will start to reappear. It took about 30 - 45 minutes of tinkering and examining but now I can read all of my numbers. Only one number is within question. For clarity I could only read about 3 or 4 numbers / letters before this process. The numbers you see below were completely unreadable as was the words "Product Key". Hope this helps someone out.

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06 Sep 2013   #16

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10

Computers that come pre-installed with Windows from large manufacturers usually come with two Product Keys.

OEM SLP: This is the key that came in Windows (from the factory). It works by connecting to a BIOS flag (the SLIC table) found only on computers from that Manufacturer. It also checks for the existence of proper matching licenses in the OS itself. Once it sees both, it self-activates every time the machine is rebooted.

COA SLP: This is the key seen on the sticker located on the side, bottom or in the battery compartment of your machine. This key is for use if the OEM SLP self-activation stops working for whatever reason.

Please follow this tutorial and post an MGADiag report - then we can see what the problem is.

Ignore errors produced when clicking on the Copy button - they simply mean that the tool could not create the backup files for some reason. The data is still copied to the clipboard for pasting to your response.

Please also state the Version and Edition of Windows quoted on your COA sticker (if you have one) on the case of your machine (or inside the battery compartment), but do NOT quote the Key on the sticker!

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