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Product Key on bottom of Laptop faded ! help

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    The Patient Guest

    Product Key on bottom of Laptop faded ! help

    Hi,
    I have had a corrupted system for some reason so had to remove everything
    and restart. However. The Vista Product Key on the bottom of my Laptop has
    faded so a few of the letters look unrecognisable. I have tried what I
    believe it to be and it doesn't work. As I have not exactly lost my Product
    Key, Is there a way to get this product key from somewhere without paying for
    a new one ?? I have activated it with microsoft and provided my details so
    should it be registered to me somewhere ??
    Help !


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    Carey Frisch [MVP] Guest

    Re: Product Key on bottom of Laptop faded ! help

    How to Replace Lost, Broken, or Missing Microsoft Software or Hardware
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326246/en-gb


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    "The Patient" <ThePatient@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:8FF1723F-938D-4419-8A37-49C5AB2AA68A@xxxxxx
    Hi,
    I have had a corrupted system for some reason so had to remove everything
    and restart. However. The Vista Product Key on the bottom of my Laptop has
    faded so a few of the letters look unrecognisable. I have tried what I
    believe it to be and it doesn't work. As I have not exactly lost my Product
    Key, Is there a way to get this product key from somewhere without paying for
    a new one ?? I have activated it with microsoft and provided my details so
    should it be registered to me somewhere ??
    Help !


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    Re: Product Key on bottom of Laptop faded ! help

    this will show you your product key

    RJL Software - Software - Utility - Windows Product Key Viewer

    sorry wont work if you have reinstalled vista

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    Malke Guest

    Re: Product Key on bottom of Laptop faded ! help

    chinga69 wrote:

    >
    > this will show you your product key
    >
    > 'RJL Software - Software - Utility - Windows Product Key Viewer'
    > (http://www.rjlsoftware.com/software/...winproductkey/)
    >
    > sorry wont work if you have reinstalled vista
    Key finders like that won't help the OP. The key finder will only show the
    OEM's volume license key used for their image. The correct Product Key on
    an OEM machine is always the one on the COA sticker.

    To the OP: With OEM machines one usually doesn't need the Product Key unless
    one forgets to create restore disks or has otherwise lost the OEM
    installation media. Is that your situation? In that case, the best solution
    is to contact the OEM and get replacement restore disks. This usually is
    quite inexpensive.

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    Re: Product Key on bottom of Laptop faded ! help

    Quote Originally Posted by Malke View Post
    chinga69 wrote:


    Key finders like that won't help the OP. The key finder will only show the
    OEM's volume license key used for their image. The correct Product Key on
    an OEM machine is always the one on the COA sticker.

    To the OP: With OEM machines one usually doesn't need the Product Key unless
    one forgets to create restore disks or has otherwise lost the OEM
    installation media. Is that your situation? In that case, the best solution
    is to contact the OEM and get replacement restore disks. This usually is
    quite inexpensive.

    Malke
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    Hi Malke,

    I had a OEM product key number for a version of Vista I had before and this program posted by Chinga69 above showed the correct product key number, and not the same product ID number shown under System in Vista.

    Product Key Number

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

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    Malke Guest

    Re: Product Key on bottom of Laptop faded ! help

    Brink wrote:

    >
    > I had a OEM product key number for a version of Vista I had before and
    > this program posted by Chinga69 above showed the correct product key
    > number, and not the same product ID number shown under System in Vista.
    I'm not talking about generic OEM keys. Naturally the product key you see in
    a key finder program will match the one on the COA if you use a generic
    OEM.

    However, unless the OP comes back with more information about the situation,
    the issue is moot and the thread is dead.

    Malke
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    Guy seeking help Guest

    Re: Product Key on bottom of Laptop faded ! help

    I just prchased a laptop from a store. I couldnt find the product key. So I
    decided to look underneath the laptop. I located all the serial numbers and
    the product key. When I enter the product key I receive a message saying that
    it's wrong. I made sure the letters and numbers were correct several times
    but it still won't work. Can any help?
    --
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    "Malke" wrote:

    > Brink wrote:

    > >
    > > I had a OEM product key number for a version of Vista I had before and
    > > this program posted by Chinga69 above showed the correct product key
    > > number, and not the same product ID number shown under System in Vista.
    >
    > I'm not talking about generic OEM keys. Naturally the product key you see in
    > a key finder program will match the one on the COA if you use a generic
    > OEM.
    >
    > However, unless the OP comes back with more information about the situation,
    > the issue is moot and the thread is dead.
    >
    > Malke
    > --
    > MS-MVP
    > Elephant Boy Computers
    > www.elephantboycomputers.com
    > Don't Panic!
    >

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    Re: Product Key on bottom of Laptop faded ! help

    Hello,

    The Product Key Number should be the one with 25 numbers and letters broken up into 5 sections. The screenshots for the examples in this tutorial may help you locate it better to.

    Product Key Number

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy seeking help View Post
    I just prchased a laptop from a store. I couldnt find the product key. So I
    decided to look underneath the laptop. I located all the serial numbers and
    the product key. When I enter the product key I receive a message saying that
    it's wrong. I made sure the letters and numbers were correct several times
    but it still won't work. Can any help?
    --
    Guy seeking help


    "Malke" wrote:
    > Brink wrote:
    > >
    > > I had a OEM product key number for a version of Vista I had before and
    > > this program posted by Chinga69 above showed the correct product key
    > > number, and not the same product ID number shown under System in Vista.
    >
    > I'm not talking about generic OEM keys. Naturally the product key you see in
    > a key finder program will match the one on the COA if you use a generic
    > OEM.
    >
    > However, unless the OP comes back with more information about the situation,
    > the issue is moot and the thread is dead.
    >
    > Malke
    > --
    > MS-MVP
    > Elephant Boy Computers
    > www.elephantboycomputers.com
    > Don't Panic!
    >

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    JW Guest

    Re: Product Key on bottom of Laptop faded ! help

    You can use the following utility:

    http://www.rjlsoftware.com/software/...winproductkey/


    "Guy seeking help" <markslater1970@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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    >I just prchased a laptop from a store. I couldnt find the product key. So I
    > decided to look underneath the laptop. I located all the serial numbers
    > and
    > the product key. When I enter the product key I receive a message saying
    > that
    > it's wrong. I made sure the letters and numbers were correct several times
    > but it still won't work. Can any help?
    > --
    > Guy seeking help
    >
    >
    > "Malke" wrote:
    >

    >> Brink wrote:

    >> >
    >> > I had a OEM product key number for a version of Vista I had before and
    >> > this program posted by Chinga69 above showed the correct product key
    >> > number, and not the same product ID number shown under System in Vista.
    >>
    >> I'm not talking about generic OEM keys. Naturally the product key you see
    >> in
    >> a key finder program will match the one on the COA if you use a generic
    >> OEM.
    >>
    >> However, unless the OP comes back with more information about the
    >> situation,
    >> the issue is moot and the thread is dead.
    >>
    >> Malke
    >> --
    >> MS-MVP
    >> Elephant Boy Computers
    >> www.elephantboycomputers.com
    >> Don't Panic!
    >>

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    David B. Guest

    Re: Product Key on bottom of Laptop faded ! help

    That product key is OEM, are you installing from an OEM installation disc?

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    "Guy seeking help" <markslater1970@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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    >I just prchased a laptop from a store. I couldnt find the product key. So I
    > decided to look underneath the laptop. I located all the serial numbers
    > and
    > the product key. When I enter the product key I receive a message saying
    > that
    > it's wrong. I made sure the letters and numbers were correct several times
    > but it still won't work. Can any help?
    > --
    > Guy seeking help
    >
    >
    > "Malke" wrote:
    >

    >> Brink wrote:

    >> >
    >> > I had a OEM product key number for a version of Vista I had before and
    >> > this program posted by Chinga69 above showed the correct product key
    >> > number, and not the same product ID number shown under System in Vista.
    >>
    >> I'm not talking about generic OEM keys. Naturally the product key you see
    >> in
    >> a key finder program will match the one on the COA if you use a generic
    >> OEM.
    >>
    >> However, unless the OP comes back with more information about the
    >> situation,
    >> the issue is moot and the thread is dead.
    >>
    >> Malke
    >> --
    >> MS-MVP
    >> Elephant Boy Computers
    >> www.elephantboycomputers.com
    >> Don't Panic!
    >>

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