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    How to See The Product Key in Vista
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    Product Key Number

    How to See the Product Key in Vista

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    The product key number is a sequence of 25 letters and numbers. The number is divided into 5 groups of 5 characters each. During Vista installation, you must enter the product key number to activate Vista.

    This will show you how to find the product key number from a Windows sticker, or if you lost the product key and need to get it from within your installed Vista.

    Note   Note

    • If you reinstalled Vista or did not activate or type in the product key number after you installed Vista the first time, then the program in this tutorial will not be able to show you the number from within Vista since you did not enter it.
    • A Express or Retail Vista can be installed on any one computer at a time for as many times as you like. A OEM Vista may only be able to be installed on the exact same computer as many times as you like. The product key number for the Vista 32 bit version is the same one for it's 64 bit version. You can only have the Product Key activated on one computer and version of 32 bit or 64 bit Vista at a time. If you had the product key activated on one computer and made some hardware changes to it (EX: Motherboard) or decided to use it on another computer, then you will have to remove it from the old computer and do a phone activation.
    • You can usually find the product key on the back of a OEM desktop computer, on the bottom of a laptop computer, or on the retail installation disc holder inside the Vista package. Look for a sticker that looks like one of these below.
    • For the license terms for Vista, see: Microsoft: License Terms for Software Licensed from Microsoft
    Tip   Tip
    You can tell if you have a OEM or Retail Vista by looking at the product key number. x = a random number or letter
    • OEM - xxxxx-oemxx-xxxxx-xxxxx
      NOTE: Will also include OEM on the Vista Product Key Stickers. See examples below.
    • Retail - xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx
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    The Product ID number displayed here in Vista is not your Product Key number.NOTE: To see this, right click Computer (in Start menu) and click on Properties; or open the Control Panel (Classic View) and click System. Scroll to the bottom.
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    EXAMPLE: Windows Vista Product Key Stickers
    NOTE: These are the stickers that you can usually find the Vista product key number on. It will usually be located on the back or bottom of your OEM computer, or in the package material that came with your retail Vista DVD. For more examples, see: Microsoft How to Tell: What is a Certificate of Authenticity (COA)?
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    Here's How:
    1. Go to this link below for the program SIW System Information for Windows (freeware version) by Topala Software Solutions, and click on the Download SIW button at the site below.

    Link > SIW | System Information for Windows by Gabriel Topala

    2. Once the siw.exe file is downloaded and saved to the desktop, click on the siw.exe icon to run it. (See screenshot below)
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    3. Click on Allow for UAC prompt.

    4. After a few seconds, you will see this window below. (See screenshot below)

    5. In the left pane, click on Licenses to see your Windows Vista product key number under Resource Name in the right pane.
    That's it,
    Shawn



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    Re: Product Key Number

    Maybe you should add to this that some of the programs listed on your list of free Vista compatible apps ( Free Software List for Vista ) will show the same things. Programs that audit the system, such as Astra or Belarc. Great job on your help here.

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    Re: Product Key Number

    Thank you Bad_the_ba,

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    Re: Product Key Number

    Hi Shawn,

    McAfee site advisor gives the download link in the tutorial a red light.

    http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/rjl...os_ver=6.0.1.0

    Ashampoo WinOptimser will display product key and contains a lot more useful tools. It's also free, just check get product key when you run it, and it takes to their site for a free key.

    Ashampoo WinOptimizer 4 - Downloads - freeware, shareware, software trials, evaluation - Atomic v2.6 - Maximum Power Computing - www.atomicmpc.com.au


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    Re: Product Key Number

    Hi SIW2,

    I do not know about the other programs or links from that site, but this program is safe. I have ran a scan on both downloads with Avast, and I have had no alerts on them. A lot of other popular sites recommends this program as well.

    Vista Product Key Viewer - Google Search

    Thank you for bringing this up though.

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    Hi Shawn,

    Just thought I'd better mention it in case someone visited the site and got alarmed by McAfee.

    You won't be surprised to learn I use SIW to reveal my product and license keys, and a lot more besides. It's a small 1.5mb executable - you might like to check it out if you don't already know the program, it's also free.

    SIW | System Information for Windows by Gabriel Topala


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    Re: Product Key Number

    Thank you SIW. I like that program better. The tutorial has been updated for it instead.

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