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#1 catnapgood

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 08:35 PM

Hello. :3
I'm in a bit of a tight spot. My friend's laptop computer stopped working. I diagnosed the problem to the broken hard drive.
Essentially I can get into the computer to back old files up using UBCD and my thumb drive. But, the computer won't run from the hard disk. So a Windows recovery will not work and the computer refuses to start resulting in a BSoD loop even in safe mode.

Long story short I have a new WD 1TB Hard disc, and the Samsung System recovery disk to Windows 7 Home Premium on hand. BUT the Win7 serial key located on the back of the PC has worn down so that anything past the first four letters is unintelligible. I've heard of ways to retrieve the key from a computer by certain programs. But I don't know how to retrieve the key from a computer that no longer works.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
The computer is a Samsung Series 7 chronos notebook.
http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptop/samsung-series-7-chronos.aspx

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#2 James Litten

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:25 PM

I have not done it myself but I have heard that if you use ProduKey
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html
there is a command line switch...

/regfile [Software Registry File]
Load product key information from another operating system on the same
computer. The [Software Registry File] specifies the software registry
file usually located under c:\windows\system32\config


That can recover the product key from the software hive file. Copy the c:\windows\system32\config\software file from the bad drive to a machine you can run ProduKey on and see if it works.

Let us know, I'm curious :)

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 10:50 PM

FYI
I just tried it on a Windows 7 Home Premium machine and it worked.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 01:38 AM

Oh my gosh! Thank you so much, you're just perfect. Everything worked as it was supposed to. :3

Edited by catnapgood, 07 August 2012 - 01:39 AM.





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