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Anonymous
August 8, 2004 3:07:12 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

My hard drive has crashed, and I have the original disk,
but not the product key. Can I get the product key from
the orignal CD?

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Anonymous
August 9, 2004 10:58:48 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup (More info?)

Greetings --

No, the Product Key isn't anywhere on the CD, in any form. When
you stop and think about it for a moment, that would be rather like
storing your house keys in the lock, wouldn't it?

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
computer; 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.


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"MarKell" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> My hard drive has crashed, and I have the original disk,
> but not the product key. Can I get the product key from
> the orignal CD?
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