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#1 Muse81

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Posted 13 January 2007 - 05:30 AM

Hi there,

As a last resort to try on whip the slate clean with my computer yesterday I decided to reformat and reinsatall Windows XP (64bit version). In the chaos that is my room I was only able to find my back-up copy of windows at the time but as it was getting so late I started the instalation process ayway. The panic started to set in when an hour later with my room now looking like a war zone in Irak, I stilll had not found my origional disk and product key. I's now the next morning and I am frought!...I NEED this computer for my work - I know I'm an idiot b4 anyone points this out.

Please....is there any way of obtaining the CD key off the CD using another computer? I know you can when it's installed onto your system but that's obviously no use in this case. :thumbsup: I really don't wan't to have to buy another copy of Windows (I did not register it b4 if that makes a difference).

Thanks in advance

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Posted 13 January 2007 - 07:32 AM

Boy can I ever relate to your predicament. It's happened to me more times than I'd care to admit.

The answer to your question is no. The Product Key is not included in the CD. Without the original case (with the Product Key printed on it) there is no way to recover the key.

Each Windows XP installation disk is not associated with a particular product key. Any valid key for the specific Windows version will work to allow installation. Thereafter, the product activation process must be followed. If Microsoft included the Product Key as data on the CD itself, there would be a way to access it (just as you are aking) which would defeat much of the Product Key's purpose.

Sorry... without your key you're a bit stuck. Once/if you find it, be sure to write it down and keep it in a safe place.

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Posted 13 January 2007 - 08:36 AM

Just FYI - this happens to me all the time! So, I bought a 200 CD binder at WalMart for about $15. I put every CD that I use in the binder (once I find it!) and if it's got a key, I put a copy of the key on an index card with the CD.

Now I've just gotta find the durned binder when I get in a similar fix! :thumbsup:
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Posted 13 January 2007 - 06:15 PM

I keep all my serial numbers, product keys, passwords, account numbers, and other important data in a spreadsheet on my external USB drive. I also keep a copy on an old-fashioned floppy disk that is kept in my desk at work.

I've used the copy on the usb drive numerous times, and I've never had to fallback on the floppy disk.

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Posted 13 January 2007 - 07:00 PM

Hi there,

Thanks for those tips. I do actually have a CD wallet which I use to keep my back-up CDs etc, however it tends to get raided by my brother no matter how well I hide it. I think I will have to grafitee my bedroom walls with all my product keys just to be on the safe side - it's the only solution :flowers: lol.
I like the idea of putting all the idea on an external flash drive too. Oh well I guess some lessons are little expensive to learn but I guess I won't be making the same one again (I'll make a whole new one :thumbsup: ).

Thanks again

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