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Recover Old Win7 product key


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#1 dantranchina

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 04:30 PM

I had to do a rebuild on a laptop that had windows 7 installed when it was purchased. I forgot to get the key off the OS before I formatted and installed a new copy of 7. There is no Microsoft product key sticker on the machine. How do I get back the original key that was installed on this machine?

 

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#2 Kilroy

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 04:46 PM

Check under the battery for the sticker with the key.  HP, in their infinite wisdom, started placing it there a couple years ago.  Other than that I don't have a good suggestion for recovering a key from a drive that has been reformatted.



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Posted 06 May 2014 - 02:39 PM

Can you point me in the direction of legally finding a way to get a key for an Asus i purchased in 2009 that was reformatted?



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Posted 06 May 2014 - 03:26 PM

If there is no sticker on the machine you're going to be out of luck.  Even if you had gotten the key that was used you wouldn't have been able to activate it.  The best you could probably do is to contact Asus and try and get a set of recovery disks.



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Posted 06 May 2014 - 04:03 PM

Hello ! I recommend Belarc Advisior! It is legal to find your window keys. There are other freeware proframs if you want to google"How to frind my Windows keys" It is not illegal to use these programs. It may be still in the Bios even though you replaced the HD. Worth a try. It's a gtood software to have any way.

http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html


Edited by donetao, 06 May 2014 - 04:07 PM.


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Posted 06 May 2014 - 04:08 PM

Belarc won't reveal a Windows key that is not reflected in system data currently on the system.  It will only reveal the current key or lack thereof.

 

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 04:18 PM

Belarc won't reveal a Windows key that is not reflected in system data currently on the system.  It will only reveal the current key or lack thereof.

 

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Ok Thanks for information Louis. Always learning new things. Still good software to have. :clapping:



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Posted 06 May 2014 - 06:24 PM

Very long shot but you could have a look at these.

 

http://superuser.com/questions/313210/recover-windows-7-license-key-from-formatted-drive

 

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/productkeysactivation/ht/windows-7-key.htm



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Posted 07 May 2014 - 01:19 PM

I'm new to this site but I think I identified the problem. I do need to reinstall windows but not 7. My Asus uses vista. I found that out by calling their support line.

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Posted 07 May 2014 - 02:10 PM

Belarc also fails to get a valid Windows key on a manufactured system as the key used is a generic key for the manufacturer.  It will allow you to install Windows, but it will not activate.  The only way that it does work is with the recovery process for the machine.






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