Misplaced my product Key!

Posted: 01-21-2009, 02:12 PM
Hi: I hope you can help me with this. I was trying to repair one of my older
machines and chose to wipe off the OP and start over. Only to find that i no
longer have the product key for my XP home edition disc. Is there anything i
can do??
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Thanks for now. I really appreciate the help eveyone.

Misplaced my product Key!


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Thee Chicago Wolf
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Re: Misplaced my product Key!
Posted: 01-21-2009, 02:31 PM
>Hi: I hope you can help me with this. I was trying to repair one of my older
>machines and chose to wipe off the OP and start over. Only to find that i no
>longer have the product key for my XP home edition disc. Is there anything i
>can do??
You could have gotten the key off before you wiped it with a
keyfinder. You're pretty much out of luck now unless you can find the
license key again.

- Thee Chicago Wolf
Mark Adams
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RE: Misplaced my product Key!
Posted: 01-21-2009, 02:32 PM


"clayman" wrote:
> Hi: I hope you can help me with this. I was trying to repair one of my older
> machines and chose to wipe off the OP and start over. Only to find that i no
> longer have the product key for my XP home edition disc. Is there anything i
> can do??
> --
> Thanks for now. I really appreciate the help eveyone.
The product key is on the back of the folder or sleeve that the disk came in
when you purchased it. If you separated the disk from it's original
packaging; SURPRISE! You get to buy a new copy of XP. While you still can. If
you hadn't formatted the hard drive you could extract the key with one of the
keyfinder tools. Sounds like you're SOL.
John John (MVP)
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Re: Misplaced my product Key!
Posted: 01-21-2009, 02:45 PM
If you didn't install Windows or do anything else to the disk after you
formatted it then you may be able to "unformat" the disk and extract the
key from the old System hive. If you formatted and then proceeded with
the install and wrote to the disk you are pretty well out of luck.

John

clayman wrote:
> Hi: I hope you can help me with this. I was trying to repair one of my older
> machines and chose to wipe off the OP and start over. Only to find that i no
> longer have the product key for my XP home edition disc. Is there anything i
> can do??
Mike Hall - MVP
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Re: Misplaced my product Key!
Posted: 01-21-2009, 04:01 PM
"clayman" <clayman@msn.com> wrote in message
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> Hi: I hope you can help me with this. I was trying to repair one of my
> older
> machines and chose to wipe off the OP and start over. Only to find that i
> no
> longer have the product key for my XP home edition disc. Is there anything
> i
> can do??
> --
> Thanks for now. I really appreciate the help eveyone.

You are going to need a credit card/check book/cash and a reliable buying
source..

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Alias
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Re: Misplaced my product Key!
Posted: 01-21-2009, 04:07 PM
clayman wrote:
> Hi: I hope you can help me with this. I was trying to repair one of my older
> machines and chose to wipe off the OP and start over. Only to find that i no
> longer have the product key for my XP home edition disc. Is there anything i
> can do??
You have several options:

1. Use a pirated copy of XP (not recommended).
2. Buy a new copy of XP.
3. Download the .ISO of Ubuntu and burn it to a CD and install it. It's
free and comes with access to over 24,000 free programs. Check it out at
http://www.ubuntu.com/

Alias
HeyBub
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Re: Misplaced my product Key!
Posted: 01-21-2009, 04:25 PM
Alias wrote:
> clayman wrote:
>> Hi: I hope you can help me with this. I was trying to repair one of
>> my older machines and chose to wipe off the OP and start over. Only
>> to find that i no longer have the product key for my XP home edition
>> disc. Is there anything i can do??
>
> You have several options:
>
> 1. Use a pirated copy of XP (not recommended).
> 2. Buy a new copy of XP.
> 3. Download the .ISO of Ubuntu and burn it to a CD and install it.
> It's free and comes with access to over 24,000 free programs. Check
> it out at http://www.ubuntu.com/
>
> Alias
Using any version of Linux is similar to having a blow-up doll for a
girlfriend.

While it's not the "real thing," it may be sufficient if you only have one
or two activities in mind, can handle the minimally satisfying results, and
don't mind if your friends point at you and snicker.


Alias
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Re: Misplaced my product Key!
Posted: 01-21-2009, 04:42 PM
HeyBub wrote:
> Alias wrote:
>> clayman wrote:
>>> Hi: I hope you can help me with this. I was trying to repair one of
>>> my older machines and chose to wipe off the OP and start over. Only
>>> to find that i no longer have the product key for my XP home edition
>>> disc. Is there anything i can do??
>> You have several options:
>>
>> 1. Use a pirated copy of XP (not recommended).
>> 2. Buy a new copy of XP.
>> 3. Download the .ISO of Ubuntu and burn it to a CD and install it.
>> It's free and comes with access to over 24,000 free programs. Check
>> it out at http://www.ubuntu.com/
>>
>> Alias
>
> Using any version of Linux is similar to having a blow-up doll for a
> girlfriend.
>
> While it's not the "real thing," it may be sufficient if you only have one
> or two activities in mind, can handle the minimally satisfying results, and
> don't mind if your friends point at you and snicker.
>
>
Have you always been this ill informed?

How about these things?:

Email
Surf the web
Burn CDs.
Rip CDs.
Listen to music.
Watch vidoes/DVDs.
Scan and print.
Spreadsheets.
Presentations
Newsgroups.
HTML editing.
Games like Chess, Tetris, all kinds of solitaire, etc.
Make videos.
Download photos from a camera and organize them.
Translations.
Use a dictionary
Learn how to touch type.
Edit images.
Send and receive a fax.
Take screen shots.
Create .PDF files.
Create and use a data base.
Instant messaging with over 10 different programs in one including
Windows Live Messenger.
IRC.
Bluetooth.

and much more!

What you can't do with Ubuntu:

Worry about:
WPA and WGA raising their ugly heads,
DRM,
Viruses,
Root kits,
Spyware,
and
Malware.

Alias
Mike Hall - MVP
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Re: Misplaced my product Key!
Posted: 01-21-2009, 05:01 PM
"Alias" <iamaliasNUKE@gmailTHIS.com> wrote in message
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> clayman wrote:
>> Hi: I hope you can help me with this. I was trying to repair one of my
>> older machines and chose to wipe off the OP and start over. Only to find
>> that i no longer have the product key for my XP home edition disc. Is
>> there anything i can do??
>
> You have several options:
>
> 1. Use a pirated copy of XP (not recommended).
> 2. Buy a new copy of XP.
> 3. Download the .ISO of Ubuntu and burn it to a CD and install it. It's
> free and comes with access to over 24,000 free programs. Check it out at
> http://www.ubuntu.com/
>
> Alias

Not 24000 programs.. 24000 PACKAGES.. not the same thing..


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Randall Flagg
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Re: Misplaced my product Key!
Posted: 01-21-2009, 05:23 PM
On Wed, 21 Jan 2009 06:12:01 -0800, clayman <clayman@msn.com> wrote:
>Hi: I hope you can help me with this. I was trying to repair one of my older
>machines and chose to wipe off the OP and start over. Only to find that i no
>longer have the product key for my XP home edition disc. Is there anything i
>can do??
Maybe. Take a look here:

www.geocities.com/windowsfixes/tools.html
 
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