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Windows 7: New install - forgot key - in _old folder from previous install?

04 Jun 2011   #1
questionesse

win7 prof.
 
 
New install - forgot key - in _old folder from previous install?

Hey there,

my win7 professional install seemed kind of lame after some years so I decided to install a new and clean one. I noted down the product-ID from my computers properties because I thought that was the key (right next to it it says change key, so I thought that must be the key).
After the new install I realied that it is not equivalent to the key as the ID has less letters.

Is there a chance to get the key from the "old" folder that is generated if you install a new windows over an old one?
Or is there a chance to get to the key from the product ID? because I have no clue where I put the key...

thx!


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04 Jun 2011   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

IF you have a genuine Win 7 installer, it has the activation key on the packeag. If the PC came with it, the key is on a tag somewhere on the case. It is not in the .old folder. It shouldn't have asked you for it with the in-place upgrade.
What you saw is the Product ID, not the product key. We can't help you if you're trying to install an invalid product.
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04 Jun 2011   #3
questionesse

win7 prof.
 
 

no, it's a student version I bought online, so the key came via email if I remember correctely after about 2 years...
what do you mean by in-place upgrade? didn't upgrade, just re-installed.
what do you mean by invalid product?
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04 Jun 2011   #4
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Did you save a copy of the email with the Key anywhere ?
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04 Jun 2011   #5
questionesse

win7 prof.
 
 

if I'd be sure about that I wouldn't ask if the key can be retrieved from the old windows folder.
I have to go into research if that might be the case cause normally I do archieve that kind of mails.
Just wanted to know if there's a way to get the key from the old install.
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04 Jun 2011   #6
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Install and run Belarc Advisor for a full audit of your computer including product keys and serial numbers for any software you have installed.
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06 Jun 2011   #7
questionesse

win7 prof.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Install and run Belarc Advisor for a full audit of your computer including product keys and serial numbers for any software you have installed.
not finding anything else but the 30days trial key - which would make sense since that's the version installed and the other one is - if at all - in the _old folder.

Is there a ways to get the key by the product ID? I mean that should be a reference for the purchase as well?
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06 Jun 2011   #8
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

The product ID identifies the platform, build and version of Windows that you are using.

As your thirty-day trial period is now up you will need to buy a product key to convert it to a fully-fledged version of Windows.

The product key is entirely different to the product ID and is what you must have before you can activate your software.

Waving a product ID at a Microsoft rep won't get you a product key, but paying Microsoft some money will.
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06 Jun 2011   #9
questionesse

win7 prof.
 
 

uh ok, I thought it was more product specific.
Maybe I can dig up the serial in my backup files though
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06 Jun 2011   #10
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

If the disc you used to install Windows is the trial version then you have no other option but to buy/beg/borrow/steal a product key to unlock the software.

I can assure you there won't be a product key in your backup files.
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