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Cant extract CD key from Windows 7.


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#1 speer

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Posted 14 April 2015 - 10:29 AM

I had a badly infected computer which would not run. Any form of execultable files to scan the system such as belarc advisor would not help. I copied the entire contents of the drive using Roadkils unstoppable copier and reinstalled Windows 7.

 

My question is, how can I extract the CD key from this copy? Its a folder with all the old contents of the system. All the scanner programs I've looked at seem to just scan the local system and not the folder.

 

Much appreciated.



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 14 April 2015 - 10:33 AM

Follow the steps here. Copy the Software Hive to a USB key. Then run Produkey on another computer and select Load the product keys from external Software Registry hive. Browse to the Software Hive on the USB key.

 

Edit: Hopefully you still have the copy of the Software Hive.


Edited by JohnC_21, 14 April 2015 - 10:34 AM.


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Posted 14 April 2015 - 11:04 AM

Follow the steps here. Copy the Software Hive to a USB key. Then run Produkey on another computer and select Load the product keys from external Software Registry hive. Browse to the Software Hive on the USB key.

 

Edit: Hopefully you still have the copy of the Software Hive.

 

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Posted 14 April 2015 - 11:26 AM

I am glad that worked for you. Thank for the update. I have used this method once before and it worked like a charm.

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Posted 14 April 2015 - 11:38 AM

Now lets hope the Windows.old file doesnt start spawning viruses. Scanning it now with avira.






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