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How to extract XP install key from a BACKUP???

By jjourard ·
I wiped the drive on a seriously compromised Vaio that had dozens of variations of the Bagel virus and nearly would not run. Prior to erasing, I pulled a full image of the drive using Acronis.
As luck would have it, the client could not locate the Sony CDs so I could not restore the factory install. I used one of my own CDs which gives her 30 days to "Activate". I need the original key instead. From the backup, I extracted the Windows and the Documents and Settings directories to an external hard drive and pointed KeyFinder software at it but it came up empty, No Key Found. Am I barking up the wrong tree?
And while we're on the subject, why does every inquiry about "where" to find the CD key in the registry go unanswered and a reference to Magic Jelly Bean inserted as a substitute for the answer to the actual question?

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How to extract XP install key from a BACKUP??

by Medic663 In reply to How to extract XP install ...

You should have extracted the windows system directory. The key is found in a file located in c:\windows\system32\wpa.dbl.Refer to this article for a thorough explaination.

http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-1035_11-5035012.html

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Sounds promising

by jjourard In reply to How to extract XP install ...

I will search for that location when I next have access to the computer in question, and thanks for the tip.

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slave drive keycode

by hpideals In reply to How to extract XP install ...

hello just wanted to know if you know how to get key codes off of a slave drive i have tried so many key finders and none work. well maybe i am doing something wrong please let me know at hpideals@aol.com thank you

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More WPA info.

by 1bn0 In reply to How to extract XP install ...

This page
http://aumha.org/win5/a/wpa.php#wpadbl
has more information on WXP activation and key storage.

According to the page using the WPA files on a machine that has been reformatted, as in your situation, won't work.

Hope the information is somehow helpfull.

BTW, have you tried re-activating over the phonwe with Microsoft. I have done this a few times for clients as well a here at work for certain machines. It can be done. If your running a machine that came with a legal license for XP you should have nothing to lose by calling.

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