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.