Programmes not working after key was lost

May 9, 2014 at 10:02:33
Specs: Windows 7, 520 @ 1.6oGHz, cpu2.50(1.99 usable)
I once formated my PC and hence lost my windows key, ever-since I have never enjoyed or have rest of mind on this laptop (Acer Aspire 5310). Any suggestion?

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#1
May 9, 2014 at 10:18:21
The Product Key for the factory-installed Windows version should be printed on a sticker on the underside of your laptop. You'll need to carefully turn your laptop upside down (with it switched off) to read the key.

However, you will never actually need that key as Factory Recovery or system repair does not require it - you will never be prompted to enter it.

It is printed underneath the laptop just in case you have to re-install Windows from a downloaded disc image which is available free of charge from authorised sources on the web.

I don't understand your post title though - "Programs not working".
That's got nothing to do with the Windows Product Key. ???

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#2
May 9, 2014 at 11:23:43
@Phill22 I upgraded from a lower version of windows, I think vista.

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#3
May 9, 2014 at 13:02:54
The program "Magic Jelly Bean" will find it. What program is not running and why do you think that program requires this key?

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#4
May 9, 2014 at 17:52:03
careful if using Magic Jelly Bean....it is loaded with spyware if installed normally...I know...I made that mistake once awhile back...

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#5
May 10, 2014 at 03:16:31
@Derek all the installed programs could not open but will reply something like this: no access to file, path etc.and you do not have administrator right to open the file. I therefore reinstalled windows 7 ultimate but I am afraid of installing windows updates but updates are requirement for installing some grt softwares. @XpUser4Real thank you for this info

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#6
May 10, 2014 at 08:16:01
There are other free key finders around but there is a risk with any downloaded program that it has unwanted spyware, particularly freebies. It can also depend on which website it is downloaded from. As a minimum you have to uncheck goodies or choose a custom install. I usually run ADWCleaner and MalwareBytes after installing any freebie just in case something has been added without being stated. It's a tricky one - bit like "the only safe airline has it's planes bolted to the runway and the engines removed".

Have you any reason to suppose that you cannot get Windows Updates? It all depends on what source you used to re-install Windows.

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#7
May 10, 2014 at 08:35:32
SIW from:

http://www.gtopala.com

does a similar job to Magic Jellybean; in that it scans the whole system and coughs up assorted software keys; as does Belarc Advisor.

Haven't used SIW so can't comment on it further.

If you run any of this type of software - opt for custom install - NOT automatic. That way you can check carefully what you are installing and thus avoid anything else other than the utility itself.

And

http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/fi...

http://www.techsupportalert.com/con...

may be of interest too.

Can't recall just now if msinfo32 gathers software keys or not; been a long time since I used it.


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#8
May 11, 2014 at 14:29:24
As far as I can see the current version of SIW is not free. However the portable version is and is suitable up to Windows 7. You can get it here:
http://portableapps.com/apps/utilit...

I used to use the freebie on XP - had forgotten all about it.

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#9
May 12, 2014 at 08:01:48
Is the copy of Win 7 Ultimate a legitimate upgrade one or is one that someone obtained/installed for you?

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#10
May 12, 2014 at 10:18:01
@ johnr, No, I don't think the Win 7 upgrade was legitimate.

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#11
May 12, 2014 at 11:01:23
Have you tried SIW - see #8 for free version?

Although, whether or not having the key would help is hard to say in your situation.

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