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    Product Key Number
    How to See Product Key in Vista
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    Product Key Number

    How to See Product Key in Vista


    information   Information
    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

    warning   Warning
    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.
    Product Key Number-activated.jpg





    OPTION ONE

    Find Vista Product Key Number on Product Key Sticker

    1. For a OEM Product Key on COA Sticker
    NOTE: These will be store bought computers that came with Windows 7 preinstalled on them. The product key sticker will usually be on the back of a desktop, and on the bottom or under the battery of a laptop and notebook. The sticker key number may be different than the key number reported in one of the programs below. If so, the key number on the sticker is the one that's unique to your computer, and that's the one you'll need to input should you ever clean install Windows. The different extracted key is just a master key used at the OEM factory.

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    2. For a Retail Product Key on COA Sticker
    NOTE: These will be computers that a retail copy of Windows 7 has been installed on. The product key sticker will be in the included paperwork in the retail Windows 7 box.

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    OPTION TWO

    To Use "Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder" to See Product Key Number in Vista


    Note   Note
    This option shows you how to use the free program Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder to see what the product key number is from within a Windows 7 that it has already been entered in (ex: activated). Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder will not show the product key number for Windows 7 Enterprise though.

    1.
    Download and run the free Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder program towards the bottom of the link.

    2. In the left pane, click on Windows 7 (your edition). You will see CD Key in the right pane displaying the Windows 7 product key number.

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    OPTION THREE

    To Use "Speccy" to See Product Key Number in Vista


    Note   Note
    This option shows you how to use the free program Speccy to see what the product key number is from within a Windows 7 that it has already been entered in (ex: activated). Speccy will not show the product key number for Windows 7 Enterprise though.

    1. Download, install, and run the free Speccy program.

    2. In the left pane, click on Operating System. In the right pane, you will see the product key number to the right of Serial Number.

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    OPTION FOUR

    To Use "ProduKey" to See Product Key Number in Vista


    Note   Note
    This option shows you how to use the free program ProduKey to see what the product key number is from within a Windows 7 that it has already been entered in (ex: activated). ProduKey will not show the product key number for Windows 7 Enterprise though.

    1. Download, extract, and run the free ProduKey program.

    2. You will now see Windows product key listed.

    Product Key Number-produkey.jpg



    OPTION FIVE

    To Use a VBS Download to See Product Key Number in Vista

    Note   Note
    This option was provided by our member Konst at this link.

    There you can see that the encrypted key is stored in registry key:
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\DigitalProductId
    at Offset = 52

    And that the key only includes this letters and numbers
    BCDFGHJKMPQRTVWXY2346789
    And no "AEILNOSUZ015 allowed.


    1.
    Click on the Download button below to download the file below.

    See_Windows_Product_Key.vbs


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    2. Save the VBS file to your desktop, run it, and approve running it.
    NOTE: The .vbs file does not install anything on your computer. You can also right click on the .vbs file and click on Edit to see what the script contains.

    3. You will now get a pop-up dialog box displaying the product key number used to activate your current Windows installation. Click on OK to close the pop-up when ready. (see screenshot below)

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    OPTION SIX

    To Use "Belarc Advisor" to Find Product Key in Vista


    Note   Note
    You must be signed in as an administrator to run this program. This program will not find the product key of Windows 7 Enterprise since it's a volume license.


    1. If you have not already, download and install the free Belarc Advisor program.

    2. Run the program. When it displays the results in your default web browser, scroll down until you see your Windows 8 product key like below.

    Product Key Number-belarc_advisor.jpg


    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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    Re: Product Key Number

    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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    Re: Product Key Number

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Thank you SIW. I like that program better. The tutorial has been updated for it instead.


    May I ask a quick question?

    I have a laptop with a manufactured Vista OEM product key on the bottom of it. I just loaded the ISO vista sp2 on it that I downloaded from this website. It seemed to work. My question is this: Is there a limited number of times that I can reinstall (clean) this ISO on this laptop or would I be able to do a complete clean (reformatting all drives) 10 times a day if I felt so inclined to do so? In other words, would I be able to use my product key an unlimited amount of times as long as I use it on this same laptop?

    Whew, this sounds confusing even when I read it.

    Thanks

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    Re: Product Key Number

    Hello,

    You could activate with your OEM key only on that specific laptop as long as it's only activated on one Windows installation and not multiple installations.

    If you activate to many times in a recent amount of time, then it may flag it to where you would have to activate by phone.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

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    Re: Product Key Number

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello,

    You could activate with your OEM key only on that specific laptop as long as it's only activated on one Windows installation and not multiple installations.

    If you activate to many times in a recent amount of time, then it may flag it to where you would have to activate by phone.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Ok thanks, would twice in one day be allowed or should I wait several days before trying again?

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