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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Finding Windows 7 Product Key Before Reinstall [duplicate]

I got drafted into repairing a friend's laptop. He got a virus and after removing it the laptop would no longer boot into Windows. After banging my head against the wall for several days I've finally ...
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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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How do I retrieve a product key from a secondary HDD?

My friend's laptop's motherboard fried and he needs his Windows 7 product key from its HDD (which is still intact) for his new computer. His new computer has a better HDD and wants it as the boot ...
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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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Office 2013 Trial Error 25004

I had some issues with getting an Office 2013 Professional Plus 2013 trial when I first installed it from TechNet, and I had to reinstall it. When I tried to activate it after reinstalling, I got the ...
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MS office downloaded and installed for free (from softonic), but now asking for product key? [closed]

I searched for 'MS office download and installed for free' and found a link in Softonic website where I could do it successfully. However, now to use it, it is asking for product key. How can I ...
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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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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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Windows XP SP1 with invalid key, upgrade to Windows XP SP3 with valid key

I have a Windows XP Professional SP1 system with an illegal key (not mine). I need to get it to SP3 in order for it to handle the software I am trying to install; I have a valid key for Windows XP ...
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My Windows 7 suddenly said it wasn't genuine any longer

I have a laptop with Windows 7 as the OS. Suddenly today, the screen became black with a message stating "Build 7601, this copy of windows is not genuine." I got this laptop a few months ago from ...
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D630 laptop comes with Windows XP, but has a sticker for Vista on the bottom with a key

I'm thinking they didn't like the Vista, or something like that. Can I use that product key on the bottom of my laptop to install Windows Vista, since it may have been installed before? Why would ...
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What can cause Windows XP to reject a valid product key?

I bought a new motherboard last week. Windows 7 is running well, so now it's time to get my Windows XP running. I can't install direct from the original Windows XP Home CD (retail version) because it ...
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How to transfer Pro Tools LE 8 license (authorization code) from one computer to another?

I am getting ready to wipe and sell a computer for my friend, and he needs me to transfer his copy of Pro Tools LE 8 to his new computer. He can't find the original packaging for it, and I've ...
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What happens if I deactivate Windows RT?

Windows RT is, like any other OEM Windows product, preinstalled and preactivated on a PC. Most PCs running standard Windows have a product key label on the back (for desktops) or on the bottom (for ...
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Reinstalling windows from repair disk using 64 instead of 32

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad W510 running Windows 7 Ultimate. Before my warranty ran out, I sent it in to have some repairs done which included replacing my hard drive and reinstalling Windows. I had ...
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How to make my computer forget the key for my Windows 8.1 upgrade?

I have a W7pro machine. Bought a W8.1 upgrade. (Yes, I have good reasons to do so, don't flame me on that one.) Turned out it wouldn't keep my software installed. I didn't want to reinstall ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to find Windows 8 product key?

Does anyone know of a tool for Windows 8 that works and gets the product key that was used to activate Windows 8? Bonus points for an updated algorithm to extract the product key from the registry ...
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Booting multiple Windows 7 from same image and then applying correct CD key

Im 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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Reclaim Windows Volume License Activation Key

After activating a computer with a volume license key, it turned out that there was a problem with the Windows installation so I had to re install Windows and perform sysprep. I uninstalled 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 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 ...