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Windows 7: product key finder programs

22 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
product key finder programs

I came across this statement from a user in another forum.
Is the statement correct ?
If no, please briefly explain.
If possible, please provide link to this subject.
Thank you.

Topic : Key finder programs to help finding product key that is un-readable.

Statement quote ......
Product Key Finder Programs are USELESS for Preinstalled Vista Computers, as they only find the Manufacturers Factory Installation Product Key, which is used for mutiple installations during Computer Manufacturing.

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22 Aug 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Also all OEM Manufacturers Factory Installation Product Keys, like XP, Windows 7, can not be Actived by
Activate Windows 7 by Phone
or by
Activate Windows 7 Online

For more info:
Licensing FAQ
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22 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 10 Education 64 bit

The big OEM's like Dell, Acer, etc, use a master product code and activate against the SLIC table in the PC's BIOS. The keyfinders will retrieve the product key but that key is useless if you try to use it to install and activate an off the shelf OEM version of windows. The Microsoft activation servers will reject it. As Theog posted, you can't use it to activate on line or via phone. The keyfinder program isn't useless, but that key is. ;-)
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