cannot read product key anymore and I need it

December 7, 2011 at 03:31:44
Specs: Windows Vista
I need a product key for my computer as the one on the bottom of the laptop has rubbed away and unreadable.

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#1
December 7, 2011 at 05:40:28
We can't help you other than to advise you to contact your laptop manufacturer.
You could also try contacting Microsoft but I think they will just tell you that it's the responsibility of your laptop manufacturer to provide support.

Why do you need the key anyway? If you do a factory recovery it won't ask you for the key. The key is provided simply to prove that it's a genuine copy of Windows.


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#2
December 7, 2011 at 05:51:09
There are a number of, totally legitimate, programs that will display the CD activation key from a running Windows installation. The one I use is called Magical Jellybean, and I believe Belarc advisor also does the same job. There are also programs that can extract it from the registry of non-booting systems. It is a very common problem, especially on laptops, and not all oem systems will restore without asking for the key from the sticker, especially if the system is a bespoke install with a full copy of the OS supplied. Note that these programs will work with XP & Vista, but AFAIK not Windows 7.

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#3
December 7, 2011 at 06:27:11
I right click my computer icon....properties.....and go down to windows activation and the product key is listed there. right there

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#4
December 7, 2011 at 16:35:25
"I right click my computer icon....properties.....and go down to windows activation and the product key is listed there. right there"

Not true. This is not the 25 character key he needs for activation. Follow the instructions from JohnR. It will display the key for you if the system is bootable.


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#5
December 8, 2011 at 18:53:28
If Windows will not load properly, Keyfinder can find the Product Key an existing Windows installation is using if you remove the hard drive and connect to a working computer that is using the same family of Windows by using it's Load Hive option. Search for: keyfinder on the web, find the "hit" for that on th Jellybean.. web site, and at the bottom of the page where you can download keyfinder, click on the link to Keyfinder FAQS.

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#6
January 6, 2012 at 06:37:45
Get activation key@1-888-740-1256 Genuine Microsft

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