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#1 rayandmaura

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 09:24 PM

ok i had to do a repair instalation and for some reason " works " wants me to reenter my product activation key
which i no longer have yes i know all about the winkey and revelation at least ive seen the programs im just not sure that either one is designed to recover the works activation key . i know thell display password, microsoft OS keys etc but im not sure if theyll work for ' works " i sure hope i dont hear from anyone that im suggesting illegal activity because im not its my copy on my pc and theres nothing wrong with me wanting to recover my own activation key .or at least there shouldnt be.. any suggestions ??


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Posted 01 November 2006 - 10:47 PM

Try Everest Home Edition V1.51 which you can download as freeware from oldversion.com. V1.51 was the last freeware version of Everest that has the software module which lists all the software on the computer with their license numbers.

The software should still be "installed" after a repair installation.

Get version 1.51 which is the last freeware version that includes the software module which lists all software installed on your computer and provides all the license key numbers a great tool which has been deleted from all successive freeware versions.

Download here:
http://www.oldversion.com/program.php?n=everesthome

#3 rayandmaura

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Posted 02 November 2006 - 12:12 AM

thanx for your reply i ran everest and the only thing it shows is the product key for windows xp i have many different microsoft products installed that require a key for instance office xp and that too isnt showing
am i doing something wrong??

thanx ray

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Posted 02 November 2006 - 08:13 AM

SIW - System Information for Windows by Gabriel Topala is the utility I now use. It will retrieve all passwords on your system. Use the "Secrets" tab in the program list. This utility does a whole lot more too. And it is freeware.

http://www.gtopala.com/about_siw.html

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Posted 02 November 2006 - 02:22 PM

You can also download and install Belarc Advisor. Be careful with the log it will create for you computer's profile. Belarc logs will show IPs, various product keys and serial numbers that should be kept private so don't post it.
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Posted 02 November 2006 - 09:22 PM

SIW - System Information for Windows looks like it's probably the easiest to use.

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Posted 02 November 2006 - 10:11 PM

@ Enthusiast. Aye!
Although, I still have several versions of Everest home, and have used the Belarc on a few occasions, I found the "SIW" much more suited to my needs.
In fact I just put it on a pen drive with some other utilities.
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Posted 03 November 2006 - 06:04 AM

Yes, the fact the SIW is portable and does not require any installation makes it a versatile tool. Like KY said, you can keep a copy on a usb stick so its always readily available.
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Posted 03 November 2006 - 08:22 AM

wow those programs rock just what i was looking for thank you so much




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