How do I get the 26-character code for my OS

August 30, 2011 at 08:37:25
Specs: Windows XP
I have an old 286 or 386 computer that became infected with a trojan so I haven't used that computer for about 5 years. Recently, I found the recovery disc that came with the computer and there was a label on the envelope that I thought had the the ownership code but, when I tried to use the disc, it asked for a longer (26 character) code to allow me to use the disc for reformatting. I can only assume that it is asking for the original authorization code for the OS itself and I no longer have a record of that. Does that 26-character authorization code exist in my old computer memory?

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#1
August 30, 2011 at 17:46:22
Slave the drive to another computer & get rid of the virus.

Unbootable computer, perhaps damaged computer.
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread....

examine registry slave drive

http://is.gd/zFtATt


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#2
August 30, 2011 at 17:51:38
This is NOT an option when I might be able to re-format/restore my hard drive.
What I need to know is - what is the 26-character for my XP Operating System.

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#3
August 30, 2011 at 17:59:03
There is absolutly no way on God's green earth you are running XP on a 286 or 386.

You can try Magic Jelly Bean Finder if you can still boot into the OS.

http://www.magicaljellybean.com/key...


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#4
August 30, 2011 at 18:05:50
"26-character for my XP Operating System"

Are you saying your XP computer is still working?


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#5
August 30, 2011 at 18:08:11
Yes, it is still working. I may have been mistaken about the speed - it may be a pentium but, it IS an XP Operating System. And, although it is rather slow for its age, it IS still working.

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#6
August 30, 2011 at 18:23:06
"What I need to know is - what is the 26-character for my XP Operating System"

Ok, use this.

SIW
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://www.gtopala.com/

I use SIW for Licenses & Passwords.
1: Left hand column. Software > Licenses.
2: Software > Passwords
3: Top bar. Tools > Win 9x Password Cracker.
The Freeware SIW is a Read-Only / Display-Only System Information tool that gathers detailed information about your system properties and settings. A standalone tool that does not require installation.
A utility that includes detailed specs for Motherboard, BIOS, CPU, Devices, Memory, Video, Drivers, Ports, Printers.
It displays information about Operating System, Installed Programs, Processes, Services, Serial Numbers, Users, Open Files, System uptime, Users, Network, Network Shares, and more, as well as real-time monitors for CPU, Memory, PageFile usage and network traffic.
SIW also displays currently active network connections, Passwords hidden behind asterisks, installed codecs, and more.


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#7
August 30, 2011 at 18:26:06
Thank you, John. I will try it . . .

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#8
August 30, 2011 at 18:29:17
"Yes, it is still working"

See the link in response 3 then.

It's 25 characters for the Windows Product Key, NOT 26.

'I can only assume that it is asking for the original authorization code for the OS itself and I no longer have a record of that."

The official Microsoft label with the Product Key on it is supposed to be stuck onto the outside of your computer case.


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#9
August 30, 2011 at 18:34:14
It is NOWHERE to be found (not on the top, front, back, sides or bottom) . . .

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#10
August 30, 2011 at 18:34:51
Another point insearchuvu, when you get the CD working, delete all partitions, then format to NTFS.

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#11
August 30, 2011 at 18:38:44
"It is NOWHERE to be found (not on the top, front, back, sides or bottom) . . ."
Did you try Magic Jelly Bean Finder?

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#12
August 30, 2011 at 18:38:51
John, I do not know what NTFS formatting is . . .

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#13
August 30, 2011 at 18:50:25
For the love of God, it has been suggested to you three times now, TRY MAGIC JELLY BEAN FINDER.

I gave you the link in my previous post. It's a great program and most likely will find your product key.


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#14
August 30, 2011 at 18:56:31
THX - Cool it with your "for the love of God" comments and YELLING at me in frustration . . . I am receiving ongoing replies to my original post . . . and I will deal with the various suggestions all in good time . . . Thank you for your suggestions.

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#15
August 30, 2011 at 19:16:55
Sorry, didn't mean to get carried away, but it has been suggested several times throughout this thread yet you seem to ignore good advise like what I and JohnW suggested with SIW and go off on tangents.
Anyway, I hope you find what you need.

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#16
August 30, 2011 at 19:22:03
Well, as I said - I have been receiving ongoing replies and suggestions to my post and I do each of them the courtesy of a reply. The computer that I have with the Trojan is still sitting here and I have not yet set it up to initiate any of the suggestions. I will do so by this weekend . . . Thank you, again for your conscientious assistance.

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#17
August 30, 2011 at 19:40:42
"John, I do not know what NTFS formatting is . . ."
insearchuvu, it is an Option you get after deleting all the partitions & prior to formatting.

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