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Where is XP Pro key

By pchlp ·
I have a hard drive with XP pro on it and it will not repair. I would like to hook the hdd up another PC and extract the key from. I cannot find the orginal XP disk.
Does anyone know where the folder is to extract the key?

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Where is XP Pro key

Firstly the Product Key should be on a sticker on the side of the case it is called a COA or Certificate of Authenticity which shows that you don't have a pirate copy of Windows maybe. If you do not have a COA on the case you do have a Pirate Copy of Windows and can not expect any help from MS.

The next thing is that you can not read the product key when it is a slave drive and not running its own copy of Windows if you can get it started even in safe mode you can use a utility called Key Finder by Magic Jellybean to get the Product Key of Windows XP. This is available for download at

But if you no longer have the original Cd's even that may not work properly as you need exactly the same version of the Windows CD to reinstall Windows with and accept that Product Key. Currently there are several different versions of XP available they are as follows XP Pro, XP home, XP Pro/Home SP1, XP Pro/Home SP2 then there are OEM, Retail and Volume License copies which all have different Product Keys so if you've got a Dell Product Key while it just may load a OEM copy of Windows you will not be able to activate it without some hard questions from MS when you ring them. If you try to activate it over the Internet you will be told that you do not have a genuine copy of XP and will be refused activation and offered the chance to ring MS for help. That is where things will start to get hairy.


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I was trying to find out where it was in the registry.
Thanks anyway

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by kkelly_79 In reply to Where is XP Pro key

there's a software called xp product key changer 2.1, its a mini program that gives you back you products key, or the first key that was used to install xp and other microsoft OS

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