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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Where do I find my Windows 7 registration key if I lose the DVD?

I lost my Windows installation DVD. I don't remember the registration key for my Windows installation, and I want to get rid of the pop-ups stating that my Windows is not genuine. I learned that the ...
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How do I retrieve a product key from another hard drive?

My friend's laptop motherboard died and he needs his Windows 7 product key from the hard drive (which is still working). I connected the old drive as a secondary drive to my own computer and tried ...
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Product Key issue with MS Office 2010 click-to-run

I'm working on a client's PC that has MS Office Home and Student installed. The unusual thing is that there is no winword.exe or the like for the applications. The shortcuts point to "C:\Program ...
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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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Check if Windows 7 product key has been used

Selling my Windows 7 as used to someone, however, I have lost track of whether the product key is still used on an old PC of mine. Is there any quick way to check whether a product key has been used ...
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Booting multiple Windows 7 from same image and then applying correct CD key

I'm planning to connect 21 Windows 7 computers (OEM) to a central server with iSCSI, and then boot all computers from the same "image". The problem is the CD key. I have 21 valid OEM keys with valid ...
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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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Acer Inspire Windows 8 Pro Product Key

My brother took his laptop to be upgraded to Windows 8 Pro. He received the card with a Product Key on it but then when he went to "Control Panel" and then "Systems", a different Product Key than ...
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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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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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Can I activate Window 8 en with my en_gb key?

I am a student and I got a key through DreamSpark/MSDNAA for "Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 32/64-bit (English-Great Britain)". I tried to download the iso with Secure Download Manager, but after 4 ...
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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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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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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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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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Where can I download a rescue disk for Windows 8?

Where can I download a rescue disk for Windows 8? I have paid for Windows 8, but I would like to be able to download a Windows 8 repair disk using my product key. Is this possible?
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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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Windows 8 product key from Dreamspark does not work

I recently downloaded Windows 8 Professional N 32/64 and got a product key from Dreamspark. However when I try to install Windows 8, it asks me for a product key. I enter it and it fails: The ...
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Determine which software product a Microsoft Product Key activates

Without a product key being labelled, is there is any way to identify what Microsoft software product a given product key is meant to activate? Let's say for example I had the product key ...
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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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How to get Product Key for Visual Studio 2010 from MSDNAA without downloading?

I've installed Visual Studio 2010 Professional Trial from the public ISO download site. Then I noticed that I don't have a Product Key yet so I logged in to DreamSpark with my MSDNAA login (that is ...
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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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No COA provided with OEM version of Windows 7 that I purchased. What to do?

I bought a sealed copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit to install on a computer I am building. When I opened the package there was no Certificate of Authenticity (COA) or activation code. Is this ...
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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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Install Windows 8 without a Product Key

Windows 8 setup asks for the product key at the beginning of the setup without letting you install it. I got the Windows 8 ISO from MSDN but I didn't get enough keys to install it on all my 7 ...
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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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How to find Windows 8 product key?

Does anyone know of a way to get the product key that was used to activate Windows 8? Bonus points for an updated algorithm to extract the product key from the registry key. While I realize this ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...