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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Retail windows xp prof sp 2 Lost key but have the genuine cd , what to do?

I had recently formatted my system only to find out i have lost the cd key to my original cd. i had used the option to enter the product key later. Yes, i know its a stupid thing to do but i bought ...
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How to get windows 7 cd key from command prompt or linux live disk?

Recently my windows 7 installation broke and refuse to boot (see here). I wish to reinstall but only have 1 cd key. Is there a way to retrieve my current cd key with the use of only command prompt ...
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not able to clean install windows 8

i want to clean install win 8 on my new lenovo, i have heard that OEM key is stored in the bios and is automatically applied on a clean install. i have downloaded windows 8 file from internet- ...
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Windows 8.1 won't accept my Media Center Pack Product Key

I just installed Windows 8.1 Pro as an upgrade from an ISO torrent. I was able to activate my original Windows 8 key successfully. However, I tried to activate my Media Center Pack key that I ...
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Windows Embedded 8 Standard - “No images available” during install

I have previously been using a 180 day trial product key when installing WE8S, but recently acquired a licensed key. However, when using this key the installation fails. I get a dialog asking me to ...
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windows 8.1 product key cant be read

I downloaded windows 8.1 from dreamspark and when im installing it i got stuck at the product key. They said the product key can be found at your email receipt that they will send via email. However ...
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Windows8 OEM Version redownload/reinstall after format

I bought a Lenovo ideapad y500 with windows 8 pre-installed. My plan was to format the HDD, install win7 and a fresh win8 with no pre-installed apps etc... I am now running windows 7 but I can not ...
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Recover Vista install key from non-booting OS drive

A friend's Vista-based computer won't boot, so I am just going to format and reinstall. The problem is that she never kept her product key for Vista. Is there any way to recover that key from ...
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Determine if product key is used on multiple computers

I'm the sole programmer at company. Not only that, I'm the sole person who's remotely computer literate above the "I can check my email". As such, I've been asked to go to all the machines, and ...
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Can I change a Windows Server 2012 product key later?

Suppose I have a personal key through DreamSpark, but I'm still waiting for a company key (site licence or something). Can I install Windows Server 2012 on our dev server now with my personal key so ...
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Difference between Product Key and Serial Number

I just wanted to extract my activation keys of Windows 7 and 8 x64. I used several programs to test, if they produce the right results. In System screen > Details about windows activation I can see ...
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Obtain pre-installed W8 key, and install W8

I have a Lenovo Z580, which has a pre-installed copy of Windows 8. I want to install only Ubuntu & Windows 7 on it, so I want to format the whole hard-drive. However, I'd like to retain the ...
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VirtualBox: Windows 7 says it's not genuine

I've set up a Windows 7 guest machine under Windows 7 using oracle virtualbox 4.2. This Windows Guest has its own product key which corresponds to the boxed set I purchased for the sole purpose of ...
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Windows Vista not accepting product key on new partition

I have installed Windows Vista on a new partition, but it will not accept the product key. I don't want to have to buy another product key. Can anyone help?
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Autofill Product Key Windows Vista / 7

I am using sysprep to make a generic version of Windows and put it on a bunch of computers I am redoing for a customer. I plan to later develop more extensive images and go through the entire WAIK to ...
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Where is the Microsoft Office 2012 Key?

I want to wipe Windows 8 and install Windows 7 on my machine, but I don't have the key for Microsoft Office 2013 to reinstall it afterward. Is there a way I can retrieve it? I'll download an ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...