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    Extract Windows 7 installation key

    Hi,
    I know how to extract the Windows 7 Product Key on a working PC (using Magic Jellybean) but how can I extract the key form a hard disk when the PC won't start - that is to say I want to reinstall Windows 7 with the disk (which I have) but haven't got the Product Key. It's for a friend's PC which has died and he didn't write down the Product Key.
    I know he should have extracted the Key before disaster struck, but it's too late now !
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    If it's an OEM machine the COA sticker key on the base of the machine may do it but one of the makers keys in this article may work (but not guaranteed).

    http://itstrickszone.blogspot.co.uk/...duct-keys.html

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    Nir Sofer's Produkey (free, portable) supports retrieving the Windows 7 Product Key from an offline installation, i.e. a hard disk attached to a working PC. Have a look at the Command-Line Options section for more info.

    Hope this helps...

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    Nir Sofer's Product Key utility installed, Key extracted, reinstallation underway.
    Many thanks for the very quick response.
    Martin
    Last edited by MartinM; 2015-02-04 at 15:48.

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