I've got a Windows HDD and no access to a Windows machine but I have Ubuntu. What's a good Linux utility for recovering the CD Key from the Windows 7 installed on this drive?
You've probably done the searching already. Most of the products which can do this are Windows based.
- you can try running them under Wine and then pointing them to the relevant file.
- another option is to move the relevant file to a different Windows machine and run the requisite utility from there.
- another option is to instsall Windows (Windows 7 official ISO is available online and will install itself as an eval) in a Virtual Machine under Ubuntu and then attempt recovery from there.
- another option is to boot from a Live Windows boot/recovery CD and then attempt recovery from there using the required utility.
Because of your help, I was able to learnthe location of the Windows Registry files: (C:\WINDOWS\system32\config)
I also had found Magic Jellybean KeyFinder (MJBKF) in my searching previously, but was unaware that it would work on a hive that was not the current one, like some other programs of similar purpose. With information from you folks, I made some attempts. Here's what worked...
I copied the config folder (mentioned above) to my USB drive using Ubuntu to get access to the hard drive. On another Windows machine, I installed MJBKF and plugged in the USB drive. MJBKF didn't work if I pointed it to the config folder. So I thought to uplicate the directory structure it might normally see in Windows. I created a windows folder, and then created a system32 folder in it. I then moved the config folder into the system32 folder. MJBKF worked fine when I pointed it to the newly-created windows folder. I was able to get my Windows XP Key!