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    Want to rebuild existing XP Pro SP3 system. Unfortunately I lost track of the Windows key. Is there some way to extract it from the current install, before I wipe the disk? (I built the computer myself so I don't have a sticker on the case.)

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    [quote name='Auggie' post='765313' date='13-Mar-2009 16:16']Want to rebuild existing XP Pro SP3 system. Unfortunately I lost track of the Windows key. Is there some way to extract it from the current install, before I wipe the disk? (I built the computer myself so I don't have a sticker on the case.)[/quote]

    System Information for Windows or the Belarc Advisor will get that information for you.
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    [quote name='Auggie' post='765313' date='13-Mar-2009 20:16']Want to rebuild existing XP Pro SP3 system. Unfortunately I lost track of the Windows key. Is there some way to extract it from the current install, before I wipe the disk? (I built the computer myself so I don't have a sticker on the case.)[/quote]
    Another good utility is NirSoft's ProduKey - but note the Known Problems.
    Also, Magic JellyBean KeyFinder is often suggested.

    Perhaps try all suggested utilities, to be sure?

    (I did, and they all gave the same results - but of the Dell 'master key' originally used to install this and many thousands of other Dell PCs! This is different from the PC-specific one on the holographic sticker on the side of the case, which is the one that needs to be used if I have to do a reinstall. Beware that HP PCs may also exhibit this difference.

    If you built the PC yourself, then no problem!)
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    Here in the US, if one was to use the System Recover (Back to Factory Settings) NO code key is needed!

    I am NOT sure about at places across the waters.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    I think there's a distinction between a complete reinstall and system recovery back to factory settings. The correct Windows key is needed for the first; I have no idea about the second, never having done it!
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    A sytem recover will be a "Clean Complete ReInstall" as it will wipe the disk clean and start from scratch.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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