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Where Is The Cd Key Stored In Windows Xp?


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#1 nunyabid

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 03:38 PM

Hey folks, I am about to lose my mind. I am trying to help a guy with a pc with XP home. He was loaded with spyware/virus, but I got that cleaned, but in the process, system files were damaged. On rebooting, it says that Windows needs to be re-activated, due to missing or damaged files, but when I click to activate, the new window has a graphic placeholder in each corner, but it does nothing, nada, zilch.

I was thinking if I could locate the file with his XP key, I could do a repair installation to get it squared away. And no, there isn't a sticker on the case.

Any help?

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 03:44 PM

You don't need the key to do a repair. If it is asking for a key, you are likely trying to do a parallel install of Windows. Can you get it to boot to a command prompt?

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 04:26 PM

Only in safe mode. I attempted to use System Restore , but to no avail. I just get a blank box after clicking on restore to earlier date.

I have done repair installations where it didn't ask for a cd key, and sometimes it does ask for it. That's why I am trying to find the actual location on the HD, of the cd key.

Thanks for your response.

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 04:54 PM

Only in safe mode. I attempted to use System Restore , but to no avail. I just get a blank box after clicking on restore to earlier date.

I have done repair installations where it didn't ask for a cd key, and sometimes it does ask for it. That's why I am trying to find the actual location on the HD, of the cd key.

Thanks for your response.

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 05:05 PM

without a sticker or a certificate of authenticity how can you tell what version of home it's running?

retrieving a key from a safe mode command prompt would be tricky
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Posted 31 January 2008 - 05:16 PM

Perhaps it would, but right now, it's the only chance I've got. good question Chewy. Wish I had good answer.

Thanks Mark for the link to the new version of Jellybean. Great tool, just wish I could get it too work in this situation.

Anyone????

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 07:02 PM

Try SIW (free and doesn't require installation (download the StandAlone version): http://www.gtopala.com/siw-download.html

Click on the Operating System or on Licenses in order to view the Windows key.
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Posted 01 February 2008 - 09:58 AM

Thanks usama. How can I make this thing work? I can't boot to anything except a command prompt in safe mode, without encountering the problem of activation.

Seems like a good tool to have though.

Any suggestions????

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 08:32 AM

You can't get into "regular" Safe Mode? Just into Safe Mode Command Prompt? That's a whole different kettle of fish! I'd suggest trying a copy of Windows PE or BartPE and running SIW there.
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