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    Licence nos - which product do they relate to?

    In an effort to minimise paper, I wrote the licence nos for some of my Windows and MS programs on slips of paper and put them into a CD case where I keep all my master CDs. Bad move, because I've now got three CD licence numbers and can't relate them to the invididual CDs - I don't even know which version of Windows of office they relate to! (I've got several machines to look after).

    Is there a way of telling which licence no. relates to which program or version? And must the licence be tied down to a particuar CD? I don't need it right now, but at least one of the the machines is likely to be sold soon, and I'll want to supply the original CDs with it to the buyer, even if I can't find the original licence document! I thought the licence number would be on the machine in System Info, but can't find it there - it could be that it's encoded.

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    Re: Licence nos - which product do they relate to?

    Hi, Drew ~

    The license number may be found on the:<UL><LI>'General' tab of 'System Properties'[/list]If you need your product key, you can find that w/ ViewKeyXP.

    You can get both in seconds & a lot more by running the free AIDA32 system information tool:<UL><LI>'Operating System' > 'Operating System' > 'License information'[/list]

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    Re: Licence nos - which product do they relate to?

    Hello Andrew,

    The licenses are indeed tied to the specific CD from which they came. Once they're entered, a product ID is generated from them in combination with your computer's configuration, making it unique. I'm afraid there's no easy way to tell what belongs where if the numbers are in the format xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx as most Microsoft products are these days. The best suggestion I can give you is to run the setup program on the CDs and key in the license number, and let the setup program tell you whether or not it is valid for the product.

    Check the license agreements also; it's not uncommon for the license to be non-transferrable - so it may not be quite legal for you to provide the CDs with the computer.
    -Mark

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    Re: Licence nos - which product do they relate to?

    Many thanks, that's a great help.
    Also, I think I've been confusing 'licence no.' with 'product key'.

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    Re: Licence nos - which product do they relate to?

    For future reference, an extra fine point permanent marker on the label side of the CD works wonders, and keeps life simple.
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    Re: Licence nos - which product do they relate to?

    For Windows 2000/XP and Office 2000/XP, you can use a utility from Licenturion (I'm fairly certain it's the one called XPDec on this page) which will do a one-way conversion from the code on the CD to the code in the dialog. That way, you can confirm which CD key goes with which installed product.

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