A product key is a character sequence that acts as the license to a software product, and often required as proof of purchase. Also sometimes known as serial number.

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How to recover Windows Vista product key?

Two years ago I bought an Asus laptop with Windows Vista pre-installed. I also received a recovery DVD with it. I now want to reinstall Windows and fully format the hard drive - however, the sticker ...
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How do I find which serial I used for Photoshop CS5 on my computer?

I want to move my Photoshop CS5 installation to a new computer. Unfortunately, I lost the paper with the cd-key. Is there a way to recover the serial from my local installation?
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How to find Windows 7 Product Key?

I have a laptop that came with Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed. But I recently had to format it. I need to enter the product key again but the sticker on the laptop is not readable now as it is ...
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Windows 7 Home Premium serial

I have windows 7 Home Premium , now I want to format my laptop and then re-install the same window version , so before I do that I got an screenshot of computer > properties , which is shown ...
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Windows 7 Home Premium reinstallation with another language

I bought a laptop with preinstalled Windows 7 Home Premium. After the problem with installation of the Ubuntu, I reinstalled Windows from the disk that was in the box with laptop. The problem is the ...
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How to get Windows 7 Product Key from old mac harddrive

I don't know if I am going to get an answer or if this is possible but here goes. On my old macbook pro, running Snow Leopard, I installed Windows 7 with bootcamp. The logic board crapped out on me ...
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Downgrade from Windows 7 Ultimate to Home Premium?

A few months ago, I acquired a Windows 7 Ultimate product key and updated from Home Premium to Ultimate. Well, now I get the "This copy of Windows is not genuine" message. I have the Home Premium ...
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MS-Office 2010 Professional Plus - Change Product Key error

I installed MS-Office 2010 Professional Plus 1 month ago. But now it is giving error when I open any of its product like Outlook, Word, Excel etc. Please help me what can I do for that? I do not ...
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Reinstalling Windows Xp Professional OEM

My aunt called me in to repair her desktop and laptop computers. (Level up! You become: The Family's Private IT.) The desktop wasn't much; just many, many junk pieces of software that her daughter ...
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Is there a way to establish what version a Windows 7 product key is?

I have a Windows 7 product key that I foolishly did not label. Rather than downloading and creating disks for however many different ISOs exist (Basic, Pro, Ultimate, 32-bit/64-bit, upgrade, full ...
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Does Windows Impose a Performance Penalty For Not Activating Windows With a Product Key? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows 7 activation period Does Windows 7 impose a performance penalty for not activating Windows with a Product Key? Let's say you have a very old installation of ...
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Back up a specific program (maintaining product key)

My neighbour's have asked me to transfer a program from one of their computers, to the other. The particular software is 'Cashflow Manager 7' I have transferred all the files used by the program onto ...
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Change the Windows 8 product key after installation?

I just completed a fresh install of Windows 8 Pro as it was released to MSDN. Installation went without a hitch however I can't find out where to enter the correct product key for the copy I have. ...
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Determine if Windows 7 is 32 or 64 bit from the product key?

Unable to start Windows to determine whether the version of Windows 7 Home Premium is 32 or 64 bit. The product key is available. That is all I have. Looking to acquire re-installation media but ...
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Is using a back door product key piracy? [closed]

There are several programs that have a universal serial key to register. Now lets say I downloaded a trial for one of these (in this case Visual Studio 2012) from the developer (microsoft) and ...
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Installing a different edition of Windows 8 on an OEM system

My PC comes with an OEM copy of Windows 8 (regular), but I only have a Windows 8 Professional DVD. Will Windows 8 automatically detect the edition associated with the product key in my BIOS and ...
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planning to upgrade my computer (windows 8)

I recently bought windows 8 using the upgrade offer. Now I am planning to upgrade my computer ie , change the motherboard , processor and the Ram. I would like to know if i can use the same product ...
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How to get the product key of my windows 8 installation without an external program? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I find the product key that was used to activate Windows 8? My question whether there is such a possibility and if yes how to get the key.
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What edition of Windows is a CD key for?

Is there a source somewhere that can tell me what edition of Windows (i.e. Windows 7 Home Premium 64) a CD key from the sticker is for? Many systems come in with the edition name rubbed off, and I ...
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Uninstalling Windows 8 pro and reinstalling it

I've recently installed Windows 8 Pro in the first partition and in the third partition there was Ubuntu 12.10. After the installation, I could not boot any other partition. So I decided to uninstall ...
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reinstalling vista product key

I recently formatted my laptop which came with Vista preinstalled and installed Windows 7 on the primary partition. I've now installed Vista on a different partition, but it won't activate my valid ...
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How many Product Keys do I need for Windows 8? one or more?

I came to know that many people buying more than one product key for Windows 8. What's the use of getting more Keys? Suppose If I purchase only one product key, OS available for limited time or Life ...
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What happens to the Windows 7 key when upgrading to Windows 8?

Microsoft is offering "Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Upgrade" at a discounted price compared to the OEM version. However it states: If you currently have a personal computer running Windows 7, ...
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How to enter in window vista home? Product key error

I have problem with my OS (Windows Vista Premium 32 bit). If I enter Vista, its asking for a product key but I don't know my product key. Please note, I have dual OS in my desktop.
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Windows product key is valid but wont activate

Last month, I needed to install Windows XP (Pro Version 2002 SP3) from a Reinstallation CD a co-worker gave me, and with a product key the IT team told me to use. Everything installed successfully ...
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Reinstalled Windows and entered previous product number

Some time ago I bought a laptop with Windows 7 Home Edition x64 preinstalled. After that I have installed Ubuntu on the second partition. Year later I decided to wipe the whole Windows partition, and ...
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SQL Server 2008 Registration with Product Key

A colleague of mine gave me the SQL Server 2008 Standard ISO image and I used that while building a Virtual Machine. Now, when I installed SQL Server with that above mentioned ISO, I did not give it ...
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What is the right way to release a Windows 7 and/or 8 Product Key?

Assuming someone wants to release/liberate their Windows product key from a pc that they are going to sale, what is the right way to do it, so that the key can be used on the next system that is ...
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How do I check if a Windows key is genuine without activating it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a way to establish what version a Windows 7 product key is? I need a way to test if a Windows 7 key is genuine, and for what version it is so. I would like to ...
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Windows 7 product key is blocked by activation server

I bought Windows 7 Ultimate from eBay around 8 months back. I got original Microsoft DVDs (for 32 and 64 bit) product sheet. To verify the genuinness, I activated the windows immediately after ...
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Windows 7 product activation failed, but the previous activation code worked — is there anything to worry about?

Alright, so there was a few reasons that made me have to reinstall Windows 7 onto my machine. I am running on a Lenovo Ideapad Y480. When Windows 7 was reinstalled, it asked me for my product ...
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Can i get my product key for windows 7 with Windows 8 consumer preview installed

I recently installed Windows 8 consumer preview to see what it looks like but now i want to install Windows 7 again. I have a dvd to install windows 7 but there is no sticker on the bottom of my ...
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What happens after the trial period of Windows has expired? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Windows 7 activation period I installed Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit on my laptop a few days ago. Today I got a message in notification bar saying that I have 25 days ...
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Lost CD Key after repair install of Windows 7

So I needed to re-install Windows 7 HP x64 on a customer's computer, and stupid me forgot to retrieve the CD key before doing so. Now, the CD key put in there is getting told it's invalid, and Windows ...
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Windows7 cheapest price, OEM versions vs. product-key only? [closed]

I'm looking for the cheapest solution to get a Windows 7 to my netcafe. Personally I use Gnu/Linux but apparently most of people don't. I'm thinking of ordering windows product keys only, to cut the ...
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Find the product key I entered for MS Office on Mac

I have several legal license keys for Office:mac 2008. I want to do a quick audit of the two machines I've installed office on and verify which license keys are being used where. But I don't see the ...
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Windows XP activation after install from another OEM CD

My netbook's hard drive broke down and Windows XP was no longer able to boot. I rescued the data and copied everything (cloned) onto a new disk. Even though the disk was exactly the same model, ...
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Retrieve Windows 7 Product Key from Linux [duplicate]

My Windows 7 is corrupted and no way I can get this repair tool working. The good thing is that I can format and make a fresh install, the bad thing is I lost the product key (I have the DVD). Right ...
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How can I know which key of Windows Vista corresponds to the upgrade key of Windows 7

I have two Dell PCs. And each PC has a Windows Vista disc and a Windows 7 upgrade disc which Dell gave me for free. And each disc has a product key. There are 4 product keys in total. I'm going to ...
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Any way to recover a lost Office 2010 product key purchased through HUP?

A year ago, I had an internship with Medtronic, where they sold Office 2010 for $10 through the Microsoft Home Use Program (HUP). I downloaded the install file and they sent the product key to my ...
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Exchanging a brand new laptop because of a dead pixel, is there any way to re-validate my Microsoft Office product key?

I just bought a brand new laptop (Toshiba Satellite L655-S5155) and realized AFTER I had installed Norton 360 and Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 that the monitor has a dead pixel. I'm ...
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reinstall and XP downgrade rights

I have to reinstall a system that originally (at time of purchase) exercised the XP downgrade right. But the COA sticker only has a product key for Vista Business. What key should I use to ...