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    License Keys

    I know I have seen this in here, but for the life of me I can't seem to find it, and I didn't save the link either. I looked at some on Google but none of them rang a bell.
    What I am looking for is software to find all of my license keys. I have a list that I keep, but I was lazy and haven't kept it updated.
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    Re: License Keys

    Not sure if Belarc Advisor is what you had in mind, but it tells you a lot about the current state of your computer.


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    Re: License Keys

    John,
    I think Software Information for Windows (SIW) will list them all out for you - There's a top level option called (would you believe) 'Licenses'
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    Re: License Keys

    If you for instance read some of Ed Bott's blog posts (or books) you'll know that he likes Magical Jelly Bean's Keyfinder.

    But since it is already mentioned by Hans, there is no need to link etc., but for instance just one of all posts, in this case about Vista (and in this case at his ZDNet blog).

    Vista Hands On #1: What you need to know about product keys | Ed Bott’s Microsoft Report | ZDNet.com

    I think that SIW can find some also, but for a long time Keyfinder has been there, as well as Belarc Advisor.
    SIW | Licenses

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    Re: License Keys

    Jelly Bean was what I was looking for thanks. I also have Belarc, but neither is showing all of the keys, guess its time to redo most of it by hand.
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    Re: License Keys

    I think the SIW was what I was looking for.
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    Re: License Keys

    I personally use NirSoft's Produkey, as well as most of the others. But beware that on some PCs (e.g. Dell, HP) the Windows operating system gets installed using the company's master key (which is what these key discoverers find), but to reinstall you have to use the key printed on the holographic sticker on the case.

    Also note that some of these products are treated as Hacker Tools by assorted AV or firewall software...
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    Re: License Keys

    Clarification: OEM versions of Windows (XP, Vista) use license volume key for factory installation. When required, the user must use his individual license key (placed on a sticker on the computer), not license volume key extracted from Windows installation. However, during Windows reinstallation from original Restore CD/DVDs on original computer, license volume key is used (user is not prompted to type the key.)

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    Re: License Keys

    (I know you know this kaplinb, just adding to the thread.)

    And just an addition to the clarification <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>; not all OEM licenses are a "royalty OEM", i.e. DELL etc.

    See for example my post in thread "Retail Vs. OEM" <post:=698,546>post 698,546</post:> that mentions changes in licensing terms (or clarifications).

    And another link to Bott, though it should be fairly obvious if one has an OEM or not, but it links to info on Product Activation etc: Tip of the day: Find out whether you have an OEM copy of Windows | Ed Bott’s Windows Expertise

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