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Recovering OEM Word

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Recovering OEM Word

hillelana
When handed a non-booting computer with a hard drive that fails the Bios's hard drive tests, what can i do to recover the product keys for the OEM Microsoft Office? When I reload Windows on a new hard drive I would like to also reload Office. The owner doesn't have the key.

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      gechurch

      The product key is stored in the registry (encrypted, of course) so you'll need a program that can read the registry offline, pull out the value of the key and decrypt it. Magical Jellybean is one tool that will do the job.

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      TheChas

      There is an old Tech Republic article, 200 Ways to Revive a Dead Hard Drive that may help you recover the drive long enough to get the product keys.

      Start with the deep freeze method. You might get one boot and enough time to install and run a keyfinder.

      For any version of Word, the owner must have a product key somewhere. It might be in an email, or may have been electronically transmitted when they registered the trial version.

      The only other real hope for a mainstream system is the recovery partition or disk set.

      If all else fails, point them to any of the open source office suites. I like Libre Office.

      Chas

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      gechurch

      The product key is stored in the registry (encrypted, of course) so you'll need a program that can read the registry offline, pull out the value of the key and decrypt it. Magical Jellybean is one tool that will do the job.

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      TheChas

      There is an old Tech Republic article, 200 Ways to Revive a Dead Hard Drive that may help you recover the drive long enough to get the product keys.

      Start with the deep freeze method. You might get one boot and enough time to install and run a keyfinder.

      For any version of Word, the owner must have a product key somewhere. It might be in an email, or may have been electronically transmitted when they registered the trial version.

      The only other real hope for a mainstream system is the recovery partition or disk set.

      If all else fails, point them to any of the open source office suites. I like Libre Office.

      Chas