Determine Correct Product Key

Posted: 09-17-2007, 12:03 AM
Hi,

I recently built 5 new computers running Vista, 3 Home Premium and 2
Ultimate. I failed to keep track of which product key went to which
computer.

Now on one of the computers the hard disk has become corrupted to the point
where the simplest thing to do seems to be reformat and reinstall. There was
nothing on this computer yet but the OS. However I don't know which product
key to use.

Is there anyway to determine which of the 5 keys I have I used or should
use?

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Regards, Frederick C. Wilt

Determine Correct Product Key


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Mark
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Re: Determine Correct Product Key
Posted: 09-17-2007, 01:29 AM
Try Belarc Advisor, a free download.
This will show you the product key on each of the computers that work.

"Frederick C. Wilt" <fcwilt@mindspring.com> wrote in message
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> Hi,
>
> I recently built 5 new computers running Vista, 3 Home Premium and 2
> Ultimate. I failed to keep track of which product key went to which
> computer.
>
> Now on one of the computers the hard disk has become corrupted to the
> point where the simplest thing to do seems to be reformat and reinstall.
> There was nothing on this computer yet but the OS. However I don't know
> which product key to use.
>
> Is there anyway to determine which of the 5 keys I have I used or should
> use?
>
> --
> Regards, Frederick C. Wilt
Rick Rogers
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Re: Determine Correct Product Key
Posted: 09-17-2007, 01:31 AM
Hi,

There are a large number of utilities on the web that will recover product
keys from a running version of Vista. Use one to determine what keys are in
use on the remaining machines and compare these against the licenses you own
to determine which one was used on this machine.

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Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com

"Frederick C. Wilt" <fcwilt@mindspring.com> wrote in message
news:5EC7DCDC-FEE0-40D7-80F2-C69F02DEC76B@microsoft.com...
> Hi,
>
> I recently built 5 new computers running Vista, 3 Home Premium and 2
> Ultimate. I failed to keep track of which product key went to which
> computer.
>
> Now on one of the computers the hard disk has become corrupted to the
> point where the simplest thing to do seems to be reformat and reinstall.
> There was nothing on this computer yet but the OS. However I don't know
> which product key to use.
>
> Is there anyway to determine which of the 5 keys I have I used or should
> use?
>
> --
> Regards, Frederick C. Wilt
Frederick C. Wilt
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Re: Determine Correct Product Key
Posted: 09-17-2007, 03:25 AM
Thanks to all.

"Rick Rogers" <rick@mvps.org> wrote in message
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> Hi,
>
> There are a large number of utilities on the web that will recover product
> keys from a running version of Vista. Use one to determine what keys are
> in use on the remaining machines and compare these against the licenses
> you own to determine which one was used on this machine.
>
> --
> Best of Luck,
>
> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
> http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
> My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com
>
> "Frederick C. Wilt" <fcwilt@mindspring.com> wrote in message
> news:5EC7DCDC-FEE0-40D7-80F2-C69F02DEC76B@microsoft.com...
>> Hi,
>>
>> I recently built 5 new computers running Vista, 3 Home Premium and 2
>> Ultimate. I failed to keep track of which product key went to which
>> computer.
>>
>> Now on one of the computers the hard disk has become corrupted to the
>> point where the simplest thing to do seems to be reformat and reinstall.
>> There was nothing on this computer yet but the OS. However I don't know
>> which product key to use.
>>
>> Is there anyway to determine which of the 5 keys I have I used or should
>> use?
>>
>> --
>> Regards, Frederick C. Wilt
>
brink
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Re: Determine Correct Product Key
Posted: 09-17-2007, 03:36 AM

Frederick C. Wilt;453975 Wrote:
> Hi
>
> I recently built 5 new computers running Vista, 3 Home Premium and
> Ultimate. I failed to keep track of which product key went to whic
> computer
>
> Now on one of the computers the hard disk has become corrupted to th
> poin
> where the simplest thing to do seems to be reformat and reinstall
> There wa
> nothing on this computer yet but the OS. However I don't know whic
> produc
> key to use
>
> Is there anyway to determine which of the 5 keys I have I used o
> shoul
> use
>
> -
> Regards, Frederick C. Wil
Hi Frederick

You can take a look at this tutorial to see one of those free program
that will show the PID number for Vista

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/85023-product-key.htm

Shaw

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