How to find windows 7 product key?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by mep1127, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. mep1127

    mep1127 MDL Novice

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    Hey everyone new to this forum

    I was wondering if i could get some help. I was trying to find my product key using some keyfinders but they all return BBBB-BBB....

    I wanted to reinstall windows on a new hard drive. I'm running windows 7 pro x64

    If anyone knows a good keyfinder or some way of finding it within the system that would be great.
     
  2. mep1127

    mep1127 MDL Novice

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    Seems im out of luck..that one didnt work either. Im not sure why anything out there can't detect my product key. I'm not sure if theres another way not involving a keyfinder. Perhaps some sort of registry searching?
     
  3. windsman

    windsman MDL Expert

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    Your version is OEM/RETAIL or Volume Edition ?
     
  4. Tito

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    BBBBB-...... means its an MAK key, which can't be recovered. All traces are removed from the registry :(
     
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  5. windsman

    windsman MDL Expert

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    +1000 he don't have a oem or retail key thats why i ask him if he use oem/retail or volume but i didn't get a answer.

    windsman.
     
  6. user_hidden

    user_hidden MDL Expert

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    exactly the problem
     
  7. mep1127

    mep1127 MDL Novice

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    sorry for the late reply... I'm not sure what kind of version I have. I didn't buy it, the school I attended offers windows pro for free.
     
  8. Tito

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    Run slmgr.vbs /dlv and post the result :)
     
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  10. mep1127

    mep1127 MDL Novice

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    Just did... I get BBBB-BBB....

    Well thanks for the help anyways to everyone. I think i still have one more genuine key left I'll have to reinstall with that and keep it safe. Then again windows 8 is on its way :cool:
     
  11. urie

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    #14 urie, Mar 4, 2012
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    I would try imaging the hard drive first with EaseUS® Todo Backup Free 4.0 you may not need to use your other key.

     
  12. Tito

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    You can also use this to preserve the activation :)
     
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  13. urie

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    I may be wrong but I though the tool cannot restore activation on system that used a MAK key without adding the correct key to .ini file.

     
  14. Tito

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    Thanks urie... forgot that issue ;)
     
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  15. mep1127

    mep1127 MDL Novice

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    That never came across my mind..good idea. Although I ask since ive never done a cloning of a drive Is it possible to only select windows core components and none of the other programs I have on current drive? My original intentions were to buy a solid state drive between 64GB and 120GB just because this drive of mine LAGS. So i would have the SSD as the main bootable hard drive and the regular terabyte for storage.

    Again thanks to everyone for their advice
     
  16. urie

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    no that is not possible. Found various info when you search for
    in google.

    one example I found.