Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    5 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Praha
    Posts
    1,121
    Thanks
    79
    Thanked 129 Times in 113 Posts

    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 !
    Thanks

  2. #2
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Durham UK
    Posts
    8,021
    Thanks
    203
    Thanked 1,048 Times in 996 Posts
    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

  3. #3
    Administrator Rick Corbett's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    South Glos., UK
    Posts
    3,425
    Thanks
    143
    Thanked 872 Times in 702 Posts
    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...

  4. The Following User Says Thank You to Rick Corbett For This Useful Post:

    MartinM (2015-02-04)

  5. #4
    5 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Praha
    Posts
    1,121
    Thanks
    79
    Thanked 129 Times in 113 Posts
    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.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •