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    Recover Word license key

    I'm not sure that this is the right forum but I thought I would start here.

    I recently upgraded a Vista system to Windows 8. I still have the old Vista system directories.

    Unfortunately, I didn't have my original office disks but I want to transfer my valid word (and other office apps) license key to my new windows 8 system.

    There are various apps to pull the keys from your existing registry but none of them seem to allow you to access the OLD registry.

    Any suggestions?

    Dean

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    Dean,

    Welcome to the Lounge as a new poster.

    If you mean by "upgraded" an inplace upgrade you do have a problem.

    What I would suggest is if you have an old Image backup of the Vista system would be this.
    1. Image your drive as it currently exists.
    2. Test that image.
    3. Restore the Old Vista Image.
    4. Recover the key now using a program like Magic JellyBean Finder or Speeecy.
    5. Restore your Win 8 Image.
    6. Enter the key to validate/install Office.

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    RG, you don't think that Magical Jelly Bean would give him the keys after an upgrade? Since he didn't wipe the drive, he may still be able to run his old software; seems to me that if he can still run MS Office, he can still get the install keys.

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    Jim,

    It is possible, I just assumed he'd tried that already since he referenced "the old Registry". But you are correct they should be there you would think.
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    I will try Magical Jelly Bean. That's not one I have used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    Jim,

    It is possible, I just assumed he'd tried that already since he referenced "the old Registry". But you are correct they should be there you would think.
    I try to be an optimist.

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    Jim,

    I did too in my younger years! But after over 40+ years in the computer business (35 in the PC business) I gave that idea up!
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

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    Suggest you install and run Belarc ADVISOR:

    http://www.belarc.com/products.html


    Search for:

    Licenses (CTRL+F) in your browser


    This lists my licence key for MS OFFICE.

    IT WILL NOT NORMALLY BE POSSIBLE TO EASILY RE-INSTALL the app (depending on MS policies and your situation) where a key has already been registered.

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    Nirsoft ProduKey can recover an Office key from a different version of Windows, if you use a command line option to point it at the other Windows folder.

    Bruce

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    Jim,

    I did too in my younger years! But after over 40+ years in the computer business (35 in the PC business) I gave that idea up!
    I've only been in this business for 30+ years, so I guess I have a ways to go!

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    Jim,

    Where do old techs go...they just fade away to WSL!
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

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    You had me scratching my head, wondering where "WSL" was!

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    MS has a magic phone # to recover the password they have on file for your Word/Excel/whateverapp. I have used it twice and it is very easy. Easier than trying to recover it in some cases. FREE

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