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    Office XP Product Key (Office XP)

    Is this retrievable from the Windows registry or elsewhere? I have a correspondent who has wiped the HD on his desktop PC, but still has Office XP installed on his laptop. Both were installed from the same copy of Office, as I believe is permitted under the Office XP EULA. However, this person no longer has the Product Key.
    Can he retrieve this from the copy on the laptop? I've looked at the registry settings for my copy of Office XP and can't find anything corresponding with the key printed on the back of my jewel case.

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    Re: Office XP Product Key (Office XP)

    The key isn't stored in the registry - upon installation, you wind up with a hash that is unique to the computer it was installed on. You can install it on both a desktop and portable as the EULA states, but without the product key, I don't know of a (legal) way to discover it from an existing installation.
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    Re: Office XP Product Key (Office XP)

    Thanks. I thought that might be the case.

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    Re: Office XP Product Key (Office XP)

    You're not <big>the</big> <font color=blue>Tim Nott</font color=blue>, of Personal Computer World <img src=/S/read.gif border=0 alt=read width=19 height=33> fame <img src=/S/fanfare.gif border=0 alt=fanfare width=31 height=23>, are you? <img src=/S/starstruck.gif border=0 alt=starstruck width=15 height=15>
    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

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    Re: Office XP Product Key (Office XP)

    Yes, but that doesn't mean I know everything! Or anything, for that matter.

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    Re: Office XP Product Key (Office XP)

    Well, on that continuum you're a good deal closer to "Knowing Everything" than "Knowing Nothing"!

    Your articles are consistently interesting and informative! <img src=/S/salute.gif border=0 alt=salute width=15 height=20> <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23> Keep 'em coming!
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    Re: Office XP Product Key (Office XP)

    If you search for Licenturion out on the web, you can find a program called xpdec that does a one-way conversion from the jewelbox code to the product key stored on the computer. This is useful to sort out which CD goes with which computer. However, I think it is mathematically impossible to calculate it in reverse (if it were possible, it would be out there, right?).

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    Re: Office XP Product Key (Office XP)

    To retrieve Windows and Office installation keys from the Registry, download, unzip and use Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder. It's free. Enjoy!

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    Re: Office XP Product Key (Office XP)

    Well, I guess that answers Jefferson's question...it's out there!
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    Re: Office XP Product Key (Office XP)

    And it works, just tried it out.
    But is does NOT work with Office 2003 Beta 2

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

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    Re: Office XP Product Key (Office XP)

    Nor O2K, thinks I've got Office 97 (never seen here - went from 4.3 direct to 2K way back when). <img src=/S/disappointed.gif border=0 alt=disappointed width=15 height=15>

    But it got the Windows XP SP1 key spot on. <img src=/S/clever.gif border=0 alt=clever width=15 height=15>
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