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i want serial number of windows 2000 professional edition
(with 3 service packs-2003 version)
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

    Sticker on yr cd pack?

    "mehrdad" <iroperators@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:777501c43122$e88a3fc0$a401280a@phx.gbl...
    > i want serial number of windows 2000 professional edition
    > (with 3 service packs-2003 version)
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

    Greetings --

    The Windows 25-character Product Key (required to perform the
    installation) is stored on the CD packaging on a bright orange sticker
    that says "Do not lose this number." If it was an OEM (factory
    installed) license, it's stored on a label that the PC manufacturer
    affixed to the exterior of the PC case, or on the bottom of a laptop.

    To recover a lost Product Key:

    If your system still runs, you should be able to use Belarc
    Advisor from http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html to find the
    Product Key. (If you have a factory-installed OEM license, and
    haven't since reinstalled the OS, the revealed Product Key is probably
    of the drive image used at the factory and not _your_ specific Product
    Key; therefore, it probably cannot be -- and definitely should not
    be -- used for a re-installation.)

    If it was a retail license and you have proof of purchase:

    How to Replace Lost, Broken, or Missing Microsoft Software or Hardware
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;326246

    If it was an OEM license, you should contact whomever sold you the
    OS; although very few manufacturers/vendors keep records of the
    Product Keys they've sold, it's worth a try before you have to buy a
    new license.


    Bruce Chambers

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    "mehrdad" <iroperators@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:777501c43122$e88a3fc0$a401280a@phx.gbl...
    >i want serial number of windows 2000 professional edition
    > (with 3 service packs-2003 version)
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

    mehrdad <iroperators@yahoo.com> wrote:
    | i want serial number of windows 2000 professional edition
    | (with 3 service packs-2003 version)

    Depending on how you bought your copy of Windows 2000, the serial number
    will be with the license agreement - either fixed to the front of the 'user
    manual' or on the CD case.
    Microsoft have to do it this way to try to cut down on theft from software
    pirates - those people who will make illegal copies of software and sell it
    to other people who are prepared to use it without paying for a proper
    license.
    If you didn't get a proper license and serial number when you bought your
    copy of Widows 2000 then it might be a pirated copy. The best thing you can
    do is either contact the vendor or Microsoft. The last thing you'd want to
    be doing is handling or using stolen goods, isn' it ?
    If you bought a proper licensed copy and registered it, then Microsoft will
    have the serial number registered against your name so they should be able
    to help you if you have lost the license and serial number. After all, if
    you've paid for it then you've got the right to use it - haven't you ?
    If your copy of Windows 2000 is currently running on a machine, and you need
    your serial number (license key) so that you can do a re-install, then it is
    fairly simple to recover the serial number - even though it is stored in an
    encrypted form. Best not to explain how in this newsgroup - there's probably
    some pirates reading !
    Kevin.
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

    Bruce - thanx for the tip about v6.1. A great Advisor improvement.

    Bruce Chambers wrote:

    > Greetings --
    >
    > The Windows 25-character Product Key (required to perform the
    > installation) is stored on the CD packaging on a bright orange sticker
    > that says "Do not lose this number." If it was an OEM (factory
    > installed) license, it's stored on a label that the PC manufacturer
    > affixed to the exterior of the PC case, or on the bottom of a laptop.
    >
    > To recover a lost Product Key:
    >
    > If your system still runs, you should be able to use Belarc
    > Advisor from http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html to find the
    > Product Key. (If you have a factory-installed OEM license, and
    > haven't since reinstalled the OS, the revealed Product Key is probably
    > of the drive image used at the factory and not _your_ specific Product
    > Key; therefore, it probably cannot be -- and definitely should not
    > be -- used for a re-installation.)
    >
    > If it was a retail license and you have proof of purchase:
    >
    > How to Replace Lost, Broken, or Missing Microsoft Software or Hardware
    > http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;326246
    >
    > If it was an OEM license, you should contact whomever sold you the
    > OS; although very few manufacturers/vendors keep records of the
    > Product Keys they've sold, it's worth a try before you have to buy a
    > new license.
    >
    >
    > Bruce Chambers
    >
    > --
    > Help us help you:
    > http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
    > http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
    >
    >
    > You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on
    > having both at once. -- RAH
    >
    >
    > "mehrdad" <iroperators@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    > news:777501c43122$e88a3fc0$a401280a@phx.gbl...
    >
    >>i want serial number of windows 2000 professional edition
    >>(with 3 service packs-2003 version)
    >
    >
    >
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

    Greetings --

    You're welcome.

    Bruce Chambers

    --
    Help us help you:
    http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
    http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html


    You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on
    having both at once. -- RAH


    "Dan Seur" <click@casta.net> wrote in message
    news:OMuw9%23eMEHA.644@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    > Bruce - thanx for the tip about v6.1. A great Advisor improvement.
    >
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