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#1 BedeM

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 06:40 PM

Hi Guys Just need some advice as to the best approach here. I have a Dell laptop that needs a repair install done on it - multiple damaged windows files. Unfortunately I can't read all the windows product key. The first part of the sticker is torn so the first three characters are missing. The next two are OK as are the remaining sets of characters. What's my best approach here? Should I try ringing Microsoft or should I ring Dell? BedeM
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Posted 28 January 2012 - 08:30 PM

If Windows came pre-installed on your computer you should contact the manufacturer to get a replacement key.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/811224

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Posted 28 January 2012 - 09:49 PM

Search for 'product key finder'.

Edited by fajw, 28 January 2012 - 09:59 PM.


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Posted 28 January 2012 - 10:34 PM

As said above, there are plenty of windows key finders available. Jelly beans are yummy!

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 08:49 AM

Thanks for the responses. I know about Jelly bean and would have used it have used it if I could get into Windows. It all seems to be rendered moot now as the laptop has decided not to responds at all. Lights just flash, no bios even. BedeM
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Posted 29 January 2012 - 09:18 AM

I'm pretty sure Dell installs don't ask for CD keys.
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Posted 29 January 2012 - 09:47 AM

I'm pretty sure Dell installs don't ask for CD keys.


Im pretty sure they do....
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Posted 29 January 2012 - 10:06 AM

If you still want to grab the install key then slave the lappy HDD to another PC run MagicJellybean as administrator and go to tools > load hive and point it to the x:\windows folder (x being the drive letter of the slaved lappy drive). Boom Windows CD key and Office keys.
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Posted 29 January 2012 - 10:26 AM

If you still want to grab the install key then slave the lappy HDD to another PC run MagicJellybean as administrator and go to tools > load hive and point it to the x:\windows folder (x being the drive letter of the slaved lappy drive). Boom Windows CD key and Office keys.


Was about to suggest this myself - http://www.nirsoft.n...key_viewer.html will do it as well

I usually copy the system32\config folder to a thumbdrive though

Edited by Khirareq, 29 January 2012 - 10:27 AM.

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#10 bushi

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 10:59 AM

I'm pretty sure Dell installs don't ask for CD keys.


Im pretty sure they do....



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Posted 29 January 2012 - 05:52 PM

UBCD4Win is an easy way to check the key using MagicJellyBean (pre-loaded to UBCD4Win) if you don't have a second PC to put the HDD in. Although you need a working second PC to create the UBCD4Win disc :P
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Posted 29 January 2012 - 07:41 PM

I have come across a Dell Alienware PC that didn't require entry of the Product Key.

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 11:52 AM

all the dell systems i have come across havnt needed a cd key as long as your using the dell discs for the install pretty sure hirens boot disc has some form of utility to check product keys on non booting windows also

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 12:24 PM

I'm sure the Dells don't ask for the key, they seem to programmed into rescue/install DVD.

Try these
http://www.magicalje....com/keyfinder/
http://www.belarc.co...e_download.html

Edited by Jeruselem, 30 January 2012 - 12:26 PM.

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