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Damaged Windows Sticker, XP Pro
BedeM
post Jan 28 2012, 06:40 PM
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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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hutchpe
post Jan 28 2012, 08:30 PM
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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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fajw
post Jan 28 2012, 09:49 PM
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Search for 'product key finder'.

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mudjimba
post Jan 28 2012, 10:34 PM
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As said above, there are plenty of windows key finders available. Jelly beans are yummy!
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BedeM
post Jan 29 2012, 08:49 AM
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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.

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bushi
post Jan 29 2012, 09:18 AM
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I'm pretty sure Dell installs don't ask for CD keys.


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post Jan 29 2012, 09:47 AM
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QUOTE (bushi @ Jan 29 2012, 09:18 AM) *
I'm pretty sure Dell installs don't ask for CD keys.


Im pretty sure they do....


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aliali
post Jan 29 2012, 10:06 AM
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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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Khirareq
post Jan 29 2012, 10:26 AM
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QUOTE (aliali @ Jan 29 2012, 11:06 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.


Was about to suggest this myself - http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html will do it as well

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

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post Jan 29 2012, 10:59 AM
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QUOTE (mudg3 @ Jan 29 2012, 09:47 AM) *
QUOTE (bushi @ Jan 29 2012, 09:18 AM) *
I'm pretty sure Dell installs don't ask for CD keys.


Im pretty sure they do....



It's been a while since I've done an XP Dell reinstall. I was thinking of Vista/7.


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tantryl
post Jan 29 2012, 05:52 PM
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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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fajw
post Jan 29 2012, 07:41 PM
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I have come across a Dell Alienware PC that didn't require entry of the Product Key.
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antiapple
post Jan 30 2012, 11:52 AM
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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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Jeruselem
post Jan 30 2012, 12:24 PM
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I'm sure the Dells don't ask for the key, they seem to programmed into rescue/install DVD.

Try these
http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/
http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

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