how do i extract my product key? 4 your info

January 22, 2011 at 21:12:48
Specs: Macintosh
i have read so many negative responses im disgusted with people who always think the worst. heres a scenario i bought and paid for my software so its not downloaded or borrowed etc. i do not have case (and it doesnt matter why i dont have it i just dont) but none the less my software is paid for. my hard drive has reached the end of its life and is unusable. so i want to put new hard drive in there and load my bought and paid for software on it. no key what do i do? this isnt a real scenario but it has been one in the past for me. im writing this because all you who think youre so smart are very close minded. the worst thing you could ever do is assume anything or jump to conclusions. i have never seen a situation where that turned out good or positive. best to ask questions first to get all info.
one more thing for all you know-it-alls the product key is in the cd. so please do your research before you speak
thank you and have a great day
i do know what im talking about i have degree in i.t., administration and networking
and carry 13 certs incase your wondering

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#1
January 23, 2011 at 02:02:59
I'm not sure that this is the forum you should be posting in because being the "Lounge" it is devoted to discussions in general.

You should probably note that comments such as this one more thing for all you know-it-alls the product key is in the cd. so please do your research before you speak will raise the hackles of most of the helpers here and I would be surprised if you get any help at all!


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#2
January 23, 2011 at 03:27:07
... it's not help that he's seeking (perhaps needs) "Ewen" sounds more like a case of

"...blowing ones own trumpet!..."


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#3
January 23, 2011 at 08:38:59
"one more thing for all you know-it-alls the product key is in the cd. so please do your research before you speak"

I'm not convinced by 13 certs and a degree in i.t., administration and networking, that this is valid for all software released in all countries. Furthermore it raises the question as to why they take the trouble to have the key printed on the case.

Nigel

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#4
January 23, 2011 at 12:07:18
And why would some one with supposedly so much education find it necessary to make an ass out of themselves by posting such a silly rant in a forum like this?

I doubt the original poster has a high school education, let alone 13 certs in anything except maybe for passes to Bellevue.

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#5
January 23, 2011 at 12:29:49
I agree someone with 13 certificates in anything would at least have picked up some basic punctuation and grammar along the way.

I would have also have thought that someone with a degree in IT, administration and networking would have appreciated the importance of keeping installation keys safe. It is only young kids that can't see any further than next week that throw them away.

On the few occasions when I have mislaid an installation key I have always been able to obtain a new one from the vendors as they will have my details from when I purchased the software,

That is the simplest solution.

Stuart


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#6
January 23, 2011 at 22:58:06
I feel about an inch tall. I have known for years now how to find my key or in my case keys but I did not know that in the computer world, which I am in school for and attempting to join, that there were as many as 13 possible certifications. It would seem that I should give up now as apparently it takes a great deal more than that to be good at what I want to do. Guess I'll buy a hotdog cart and become a street vendor.

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#7
January 24, 2011 at 05:52:14
I agree with most of the above. I would point out though, that kymber Is running a mac. I no nothing about macs. Perhaps the product key is actually stored on the disk in that case.

That said, the only other post here by kymber seems to indicate a lack of computer knowledge. Link below.

http://www.computing.net/answers/ma...


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#8
January 24, 2011 at 06:23:34
I feel like such a dummy now.
I have always made a copy of any program I buy and put the original cd away and then write the key onto the burned copy.

I keep hearing that the product key is in the cd .I have yet to ever see one except on a slip streamed cd.

Not having 13 certs it takes me to long to take the program apart and compute a key if lost. I admit my reverse engineering skills suck....but a key can be found in minutes on the internet.

And no (bad grammar ) I will not run down to the store and re-buy a program because of a lost key.

Toot toot goes my horn.....ROFLOL!
13 certs? Now is that bad breath or what?


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#9
January 24, 2011 at 14:03:57
And why would some one with supposedly so much education find it necessary to make an ass out of themselves by posting such a silly rant in a forum like this.

LOL

I thought this rant was about the product key for windows and then I realized this person uses a MAC.

I too can think of lots of reasons why one wouldn't have the product key for a particular application. Sadly kymber they all have to do with the owner being an idiot. "I lost it", "My dog chewed it up", "My kid flushed it down the toilet".......etc etc etc ad infinitum......

Smart people open up something like say, a spreadsheet and list all software with the appropriate product keys inside said spreadsheet. Smart people ensure said document is in a folder that is backed up regularly. Smart people who are also a little paranoid, send a copy of said document to someone they trust to also include in their daily backups.

Then if your kid chews up the jewel case, or your dog runs over it in the car, or worse, you forget to put your tinfoil hat on one fine afternoon and aliens come down to earth and steal it on you, you still have a backup of all product keys for all your software.

As for your supposed "credentials" I agree seawatch1 as to your level of education (or lack thereof). Your post was not only a silly rant, it was extremely unprofessionally written.

I have a 2 year diploma and well in excess 13 certifications and over 15 years experience working in industry and I do know how to spell, have reasonably good grammer, punctuation and am capable of using capitalization.

And, I'm smart enough to ensure I can't lose my product keys by taking simple, basic, steps toward ensuring they're backed up in such a fashion so as to be easy to access should I need them. I do not rely on plastic jewel cases to store them.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#10
January 24, 2011 at 16:38:40
Just to cover my own butt here I went looking for my key. I found that I have 2 for win 3.1, not sure why I can't the disc ooops and have not used it in many many moons, not to mention the fact that I only remember having one copy of that OS. Scratching my head here trying to figure out where that other one came from. I have also found my keys for all the other operating systems I have ever used including those that were part of a couple hp recovery sets that I don't need anymore. This is going back to the early to mid 90's. Okay I don't feel so small now. I have 0 yeah zero certs but I have my keys.

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#11
January 24, 2011 at 16:56:25
Something I've noticed over the years. Those who tell you how good they are always turn out to be quite the reverse.

We all live on a ball.


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#12
January 24, 2011 at 16:58:06
Aww heck in that case I suck at this. Oh wait that doesn't fit because I really am not that great yet.

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#13
January 24, 2011 at 19:37:58
Retail XP discs have a generic key in a file named unattend.txt. It's in the i386 folder & you have to have "show hidden files & folders" enabled to see it. It can be used to install Windows but it will NOT activate. OEM discs may also have their key in this file, maybe that's why no key has to be entered when doing an install?

http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

BTW, I have zero certs. And my breath is nasty!


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#14
January 25, 2011 at 06:13:34
Wow, there sure are some terrible guys on this board LOL.

We all live on a ball.


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#15
January 25, 2011 at 07:51:27
This is going back to the early to mid 90's. Okay I don't feel so small now. I have 0 yeah zero certs but I have my keys.

LOL likely

One does not need cert's to have sense!

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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