licence key has rubbed off

August 21, 2011 at 10:38:18
Specs: Windows XP
how to get my licence key as the last 5 digit

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August 21, 2011 at 10:47:26
Demonstrative exspelling
... there is logic to this madness!
the element of surprise Grrrrrrrr

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August 21, 2011 at 11:37:54
Microsoft doesn't do anything to the label to protect the Product Key from being worn off. I've seen that a few times on laptop computers.

If Windows will not work properly but it's installation is still on the hard drive, see the Keyfinder FAQs

- the info after this line:
Q: Can I retrieve the product key from a non-booting Windows installation?

....and farther down the page if you have problems, the info after this line:
Q: Why did the hive load fail?

Loading the Hive will work regarding finding the Product Key
- if the operating system that was booted is in the same family as the operating system on your hard drive that has the non working Windows installation
- if the hard drive itself is NOT failing
- if the required data is still intact
- if no software cheat was used that nullified needing to enter a Product Key.

If the computer is a brand name computer that still had it's original brand name supplied software installation on it, the Product Key Windows is / was using is often different from the one on the official Microsoft label on the outside of the case - either Product Key will work.

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