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Extracting activation code from Win 7


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#1 D@nby

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 10:05 PM

Hi all,

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I have an IBM thinkpad that was upgraded to Win 7. I purchased it used and the label on the back is illegible.

There is a way to extract the activation code, does anyone know the process?

 

Thank you,

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I wish to wipe the HD completely and reinstall Win 7



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Posted 27 January 2015 - 10:08 PM

I would download Advanced Token Manager. It backs up your key and activation files. The backups are in a subfolder of the Token Manager Folder you unzip to the desktop.

 

If the laptop has a Recovery Partition, you should be able to do a factory reset. What is the make and model of the IBM thinkpad computer?

 

Edit: Does the computer have a blue "Access IBM" or “Access ThinkPad” button?

 

I noticed you upgraded so forget about the factory reset.


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Posted 27 January 2015 - 10:09 PM

Magical Jelly Bean Finder used to be the go to for pulling keys from a system.



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Posted 27 January 2015 - 10:19 PM

You can always right click on "Computer" from the main menu,  select "Properties" at the bottom of the list... It written there in black and white.

 

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 11:04 PM

I would download Advanced Token Manager. It backs up your key and activation files. The backups are in a subfolder of the Token Manager Folder you unzip to the desktop.

 

If the laptop has a Recovery Partition, you should be able to do a factory reset. What is the make and model of the IBM thinkpad computer?

 

Edit: Does the computer have a blue "Access IBM" or “Access ThinkPad” button?

 

I noticed you upgraded so forget about the factory reset.

 

Thank you @JohnC_

 

No recovery Partition, no factory reset or DVD, got it off Kijiji because my T-500 has display issues (not driver related) a topic for another time.

The handy blue button is on my T-500 but not this old beater T-41

 

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 11:15 PM

I would download Advanced Token Manager. It backs up your key and activation files. The backups are in a subfolder of the Token Manager Folder you unzip to the desktop.

 

If the laptop has a Recovery Partition, you should be able to do a factory reset. What is the make and model of the IBM thinkpad computer?

 

Edit: Does the computer have a blue "Access IBM" or “Access ThinkPad” button?

 

I noticed you upgraded so forget about the factory reset.

 

 

I will investigate Advanced Token Manager, no luck with magic Jelly bean

 

Thanks for all that great Info...

BTY...I wish to introduce myself, went to correct forum, usually there is a simple reply button. All I can see is a "Start new topic" button.

Is this the correct way to intro yourself? Silly question but I have never seen this on any other forum

 

Many Thanks,

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 11:25 PM

You can always right click on "Computer" from the main menu,  select "Properties" at the bottom of the list... It written there in black and white.

 

Old style job, with a pen and paper.

 

Hi there TsVk!

nice to meet you,

I tried that, all that gives is the Product ID ... not the actual activation key

 

Thanks,

D@nby



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Posted 27 January 2015 - 11:31 PM

Magical Jelly Bean Finder used to be the go to for pulling keys from a system.

 

Hi Kilroy, great site and thanks for the reply,

Yup the old Jelly bean most likely has a Trojan or some other nefarious embedded malicious code.

 

cheers

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 11:34 PM

Of course, I'm not thinking right...

 

 

You can always right click on "Computer" from the main menu,  select "Properties" at the bottom of the list... It written there in black and white.

 

Old style job, with a pen and paper.

 

Hi there TsVk!

nice to meet you,

I tried that, all that gives is the Product ID ... not the actual activation key

 

Thanks,

D@nby

 

Of course, I'm not thinking right... I've always used Magical Jellybean in the past, like Kilroy advised. Has been a while as I'm almost purely working on OEM's these days.



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Posted 27 January 2015 - 11:45 PM

Of course, I'm not thinking right...

 

 

You can always right click on "Computer" from the main menu,  select "Properties" at the bottom of the list... It written there in black and white.

 

Old style job, with a pen and paper.

 

Hi there TsVk!

nice to meet you,

I tried that, all that gives is the Product ID ... not the actual activation key

 

Thanks,

D@nby

 

Of course, I'm not thinking right... I've always used Magical Jellybean in the past, like Kilroy advised. Has been a while as I'm almost purely working on OEM's these days.

Excellent point sir, still not quite sure the difference between OEM and the other. I do understand the concept of OEM, but not how it relates to the activation key???

 

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 11:56 PM

OEM machines are normally activated (pre-activated) with a mass key these days, that work specifically on that make and model. These keys come loaded into pre-built install disks for that specific machine, when looking at OS re-installation.

Not like the 1 key 1 machine days of yore.



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Posted 27 January 2015 - 11:57 PM

 

Magical Jelly Bean Finder used to be the go to for pulling keys from a system.

 

Hi Kilroy, great site and thanks for the reply,

Yup the old Jelly bean most likely has a Trojan or some other nefarious embedded malicious code.

 

cheers

D@nby

 

What do you base that assumption on?



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Posted 28 January 2015 - 01:02 AM

 

 

Magical Jelly Bean Finder used to be the go to for pulling keys from a system.

 

Hi Kilroy, great site and thanks for the reply,

Yup the old Jelly bean most likely has a Trojan or some other nefarious embedded malicious code.

 

cheers

D@nby

 

What do you base that assumption on?

 

Hi Kilroy

I installed it once and my computer went spastic.Perhaps there are different versions, I did not take the time to verify the Hash.

 

Sort of like TAILS, always authenticate the PGP encryption key

 

Thanks,

D@nby

 

 

 



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Posted 28 January 2015 - 01:05 AM

One should always download direct from the developer. All these review and rating sites with "free" downloads are a portal of doom for your beloved machine.



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Posted 28 January 2015 - 01:11 AM

One should always download direct from the developer. All these review and rating sites with "free" downloads are a portal of doom for your beloved machine.

 

 

Quite right .. usually I jump to links from source forge or Tom's hardware. now that I joined a trusted site, I shall reconsider where I download.

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