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    Recover Installation Key (Office 2003 Professional)

    One of my customers always saves his cd's in a special folder and throws the original boxes and cd covers away. He copied the Installation Key over on to a label which he then stuck to the correct location in his book. Unfortunately, he accidently spilled an alcoholic beverage over this label, and the last five positions of the key are no longer readable. Is this key stored anywhere on the system? Is there any way to recover it, or can Microsoft regenerate it based on other information I can provide?

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    Re: Recover Installation Key (Office 2003 Professional)

    Try Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder - it's free.

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    Re: Recover Installation Key (Office 2003 Professional)

    Try also RockXP - it is also free, shows you Windows and Office (all installed components) product keys, stored in memory passwords and has a password generator...

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    Re: Recover Installation Key (Office 2003 Professi

    The <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> key recovery mechanisms I like are:
    Nir Soft's ProduKey and Belarc Advisor (now at version 7.2, folks!).

    The latter does a pretty thorough audit of your PC, including the up-to-date-ness of fixes.

    John
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    Re: Recover Installation Key (Office 2003 Professi

    John,
    I received from a friend about Belarc Advisor.
    <hr>Hi David,
    Be aware that this system of tool does not work on Dell computers finding the OS key. I talked to the tech at the company and they said they were sorry but Dell hides their keys in Rom so that they can be produced during a re-install for the customer.
    Just a detail.<hr>

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

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    Re: Recover Installation Key (Office 2003 Professi

    That would apply to all such products, and not just to Belarc Advisor!

    NirSoft's Produkey webpage says:
    If you bought your computer with installed operating system, you may find the product key appeared in ProduKey utility is different from the product key on your Windows CD. This problem is mostly reported with Dell computers.

    And Belarc Advisor days:
    This (the XP key) may be the manufacturer's factory installed product key rather than yours

    John
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