Product Key on bottom of Laptop faded ! help


T

The Patient

Hi,
I have had a corrupted system for some reason so had to remove everything
and restart. However. The Vista Product Key on the bottom of my Laptop has
faded so a few of the letters look unrecognisable. I have tried what I
believe it to be and it doesn't work. As I have not exactly lost my Product
Key, Is there a way to get this product key from somewhere without paying for
a new one ?? I have activated it with microsoft and provided my details so
should it be registered to me somewhere ??
Help !
 
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Carey Frisch [MVP]

How to Replace Lost, Broken, or Missing Microsoft Software or Hardware
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326246/en-gb


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Carey Frisch
Microsoft MVP
Windows Desktop Experience -
Windows Vista Enthusiast

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Hi,
I have had a corrupted system for some reason so had to remove everything
and restart. However. The Vista Product Key on the bottom of my Laptop has
faded so a few of the letters look unrecognisable. I have tried what I
believe it to be and it doesn't work. As I have not exactly lost my Product
Key, Is there a way to get this product key from somewhere without paying for
a new one ?? I have activated it with microsoft and provided my details so
should it be registered to me somewhere ??
Help !
 
M

Malke

chinga69 said:
this will show you your product key

'RJL Software - Software - Utility - Windows Product Key Viewer'
(http://www.rjlsoftware.com/software/utility/winproductkey/)

sorry wont work if you have reinstalled vista
Key finders like that won't help the OP. The key finder will only show the
OEM's volume license key used for their image. The correct Product Key on
an OEM machine is always the one on the COA sticker.

To the OP: With OEM machines one usually doesn't need the Product Key unless
one forgets to create restore disks or has otherwise lost the OEM
installation media. Is that your situation? In that case, the best solution
is to contact the OEM and get replacement restore disks. This usually is
quite inexpensive.

Malke
 
M

Malke

Brink said:
I had a OEM product key number for a version of Vista I had before and
this program posted by Chinga69 above showed the correct product key
number, and not the same product ID number shown under System in Vista.
I'm not talking about generic OEM keys. Naturally the product key you see in
a key finder program will match the one on the COA if you use a generic
OEM.

However, unless the OP comes back with more information about the situation,
the issue is moot and the thread is dead.

Malke
 
G

Guy seeking help

I just prchased a laptop from a store. I couldnt find the product key. So I
decided to look underneath the laptop. I located all the serial numbers and
the product key. When I enter the product key I receive a message saying that
it's wrong. I made sure the letters and numbers were correct several times
but it still won't work. Can any help?
 
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David B.

That product key is OEM, are you installing from an OEM installation disc?
 
M

Mark H

Doesn't matter what install disc is used. The PID determines the
installation.

The PID derived with a third party product will reveal the manufacturer's
volume PID typically tied to the BIOS. This will not be the PID on the
label.
 
D

David B.

You are incorrect, you can't use upgrade or retail installation media with
an OEM product key.
 
D

David B.

Damnit, I'll shut up now, for some reason I thought I was in one of the XP
groups :(
 
R

Richie Hardwick

David B. said:
You are incorrect, you can't use upgrade or retail installation media with
an OEM product key.

Change "OEM" to "branded OEM" and you would be correct.

Richie Hardwick
 
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Curious

On My HP Vista Laptop the Key finder program returns the key on the HP label
on the bottom of the unit.
 
M

MarikaWaqavou

The Patient said:
Hi,
I have had a corrupted system for some reason so had to remove everything
and restart. However. The Vista Product Key on the bottom of my Laptop has
faded so a few of the letters look unrecognisable. I have tried what I
believe it to be and it doesn't work. As I have not exactly lost my Product
Key, Is there a way to get this product key from somewhere without paying for
a new one ?? I have activated it with microsoft and provided my details so
should it be registered to me somewhere ??
Help !
Please show me my roduct key.
 
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Manny Weisbord

MarikaWaqavou said:
Please show me my roduct key.
HUH?

What are you asking for? WHO are you asking? The person you quoted?
THAT person wrote what you replied to A YEAR AGO and then never came
back!
 
C

Chuck

Obviously you need the correct key for your Vista Ultimate.
This is very unlikely to be the faded key label that was placed on the
bottom of the laptop by the mfr, since the laptop was sold with XP
installed. To activate, you need the correct key, not the XP key.
 
A

Andy

Actualy the orginal poster is correct many lap top makers for some odd
reason put the COA on the bottom of the case usaly by the battery door or
the door you remove to install more ram.
 
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seetube321

For any version of windows 7 or 8, Many Companies sell license to activate your operating system license. I was searching last month to activate windows 7 ultimate at my personal notebook, then I come to know, I need a product key to get license activation. I found an online Store, Now I can buy anyproduct activation license with its label at: <a href="http://odosta.com/windows-7-product-key-sticker/">ODosta Store</a>
 

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