How can you retrive XP Product Code?

Discussion in 'Windows XP / Older OS' started by edenn, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. edenn

    edenn MDL Novice

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    I am trying to help my nephew with his computer problems. It appears that he was hit by a very nasty virus/trojan. The file "rundll32" appears to have been corrupted. He can not open/run any programs.... after several attempts to fix his computer at his house, I decided to take it home with me and spend more time trouble shooting the operating system.

    After many hours of messing around with the software, I decided that the quickest way to solve the problem would be to do a "Repair" of Microsoft Windows XP. SO.... I used my WinXP setup disc to do a repair on his computer. At the completion of the repair, it asks for the product code. I entered my product code, which was rejected. I then called him to get his product code, and it rejected that code as well.

    My question is.... how do you locate the product code on a computer that you can not get into windows? I can use Bart PC software to run dos, and I have been able to open "Regedit", but do not know how to locate the code. Can anyone help me with this?

    Thanks, for your help.
     
  2. reginakampher

    reginakampher MDL Addicted

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  3. edenn

    edenn MDL Novice

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    Thanks for your quick reply. I tried both the 32 and 64 bit codes, and both were rejected.
     
  4. offon7544

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  6. Suicide Solution

    Suicide Solution MDL Addicted

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    If he has done the repair already it may have messed with the data to get the key from the original install. What is the name of the system? (Dell, HP, etc) and what version of XP did you use to do the repair?
     
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    Whiznot MDL Member

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    Belarc Advisor will also return the current installation key.
     
  9. FreeStyler

    FreeStyler MDL Guru

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    How do you see this happen if he/she can not get into the Windows installation?
     
  10. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    AS per my own post no 7, boot into PE on affected machine, mount the registry from the affected machine, get the required numbers, run it on some other computer

    sebus