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Product key recovery

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Slowpoke47, Nov 4, 2019.

  1. Slowpoke47

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    Thanks- just looked at your link. My situation is a little more complicated, as I can't boot into my W7 OS. Looks like your site will not retrieve the key under those circumstances.
     
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    I checked out the link in your first post. I haven't tried or even heard of that product (Lazesoft Recover My Password). However, it looks promising. I downloaded the exe file and had it checked at VirusTotal.com. No threats were detected.
     
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    Are you sure you don't have it written down somewhere?
    One of the first things I do is write down the product key. I have several note cards with product keys going back to our Windows 98SE computers!
    Then I make the recovery DVDs usually found under Programs/brand of computer because manufacturers no longer include any disks with a new computer.

    Is there a sticker inside or on the bottom of the computer with the product key?

    If you have a second computer, then you'll have to remove the hd from the computer and attach it to another computer then go through this
    https://www.howtogeek.com/64600/how-to-recover-windows-and-software-keys-from-a-broken-computer/

    This site mentions 3 different programs from the Nirsoft one.
    https://www.raymond.cc/blog/easiest...-product-key-from-dead-or-unbootable-windows/

    You'll need another computer to download the tools and create a bootable CD or USB stick.
     
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    SlowPoke - I tried that Lazesoft Recover My Password. I used another computer to install the software. Then I launched the software to create a bootable USB drive. Once I had the bootable drive, I booted a machine using that USB stick. It found the Windows key.
     
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    Thanks both for the responses. I have looked all through my office for that key. The pc originally came with Vista and shortly after 7 came out, I bought a second HDD preloaded with a legal copy of 7, and dual-booted. At the time, I didn't realize the importance of that key and it was likely on the wrapper, which of course I threw away back then. Couple of days ago, I even took the drive out to see if there was a label- but no joy.

    I think I'll try that site that I mentioned. Thanks, Tony D for checking it out. If I hit a snag, I'll post back.
     
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    Look through your emails if you bought the HDD online. I save emails of everything I buy online until I e-cycle a computer and remove the software.
    The email might have information as well as the serial number of Windows installed, since you had to be able to tell if it was a legal copy of 7 and not a pirated key. I'd want to know that before I purchased the hard drive.
     
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    Those emails are long gone- they were on a gmail account I closed long ago when I found out how intrusive Google is. Currently we use no aspect of Google- no Chrome, no Search, no Youtube as well as no gmail.

    As stated earlier, at the time I bought that disk, I didn't understand the significance of the product key.

    I have inadvertently corrupted my W7 OS, so that link I mentioned couldn't find the key. Currently doing a workaround with a system image. I'll post back with the results. Thanks for the posts.
     

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