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By dhgill ·
I have a new Windows XP pro cd and the product key was changed. How do I find it again?

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call microsoft

by PurpleSkys In reply to product key

that's why you pay for nice legal software...they give you the support you need

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Depends if it was installed or not

by OH Smeg In reply to product key

If it's been used on a existing computer and it's still running use a Utility like Keyfinder to find the Product Key

http://download.cnet.com/Keyfinder-Thing/3000-2094_4-10491989.html

But if it has not been installed on any Computer use the Product Key on the COA that is stuck on the outside of the package.

If you don't have a COA you don't have a Genuine Version of Windows.

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by therealjunkman In reply to Depends if it was install ...

Not always true! OEM pre-activated versions don't always have a disk at all. They often had a hidden partition of the hard drive, which can be damaged, overwritten, replaced, etc. True, the computer it's self is supposed to have a sticker for the COA affixed... I know for a fact they can easily be wiped clean whits by accident if one uses a cleaner with alcohol in it! The ink just disappears so fast, by the time you realize it's taking the ink off, it's already too late! (I did exactly that on not one, but TWO legit Gateway systems) Didn't know alcohol was in the cleaner...

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Macgical Jellybean

by therealjunkman In reply to product key

Is the name of a program as mentioned above, in the first answer, that will find what your CURRENT Key is. It is a free utility, small download, and it just works. It doesn't really do much of anything else, it's a 'one trick pony', but VERY quick and good at the one thing it was intended to do. I Always keep a copy on my 16 gig USB 'troubleshooting' key. Just Google for it, and make sure that the URL it points you to is the right one. Magical Jellybean is at: http://www.magicaljellybean.com/ and it ALSO will tell you things like, which service pack you have, registered owner, and various aspects relating to the computer it's installed on. AND, it will find keys of OTHER software that requires a key as well! So it is a very useful tool. Good luck.

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