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Windows serial key

Discussion in 'Software' started by twizzle, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. twizzle

    twizzle Gigabyte Poster

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    I have 3 pcs at home all with genuine Windys on them. I also have 3 serial keys one for each machine. However i have mixed them up and dont remeber which key was for which pc.

    I know it wont make much difference, but when i re-install windows (as i'm bound to do at some point in the close future) i want to use the correct key for the correct pc. If i don't, i can see i'm going to have to ring MS to validate the key and may have problems if its used on one of the otehr pcs (may stop it working on other pc.)

    Where can i check on the machine to see which key it has?? I'm sure theres a way just cant remebr it. I'm having a day of forgetfulness. Couldnt even remeber how to ring abroad on the works phone today,and i'm in support so do it nearly everyday!!!:oops:
     
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  2. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    will you be using a cd for setting them up again ???

    Eddie
     
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  3. twizzle

    twizzle Gigabyte Poster

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    Yes i'll always be using the cd to re-install. I tend to format the drives first then install to a clean disk when i do it. And yes i know nows the time to learn to do an unattended install disk, however,as one of these pcs is my test pc its hardware is always changing so i need to make a disk with the basics, no drivers, but i'm too lazy at the moment.
     
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  4. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Twizzle,

    Jellybean will extract the key that is currently being used on a working system.

    Hope this helps.
     
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  5. wizard

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    Your link needs fixing you've got http:// in there twice. :)
     
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  6. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    Jellybean works well, once you have your keys, then you could put a sticker or something on the back of each machine with the key.
     
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  7. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Fixed on Boyce's behalf! :biggrin
     
  8. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

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    Fixed my quote now :D
     
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  9. twizzle

    twizzle Gigabyte Poster

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    Believe it or not i did put the stickeras on the insides of each pc. However i've changes cases on 1 pc, rebuilt the one of the others and painted over the sticker in my haste, and the other ones dropped off somewhere!

    I'll give jelly bean a try when i get home. Thanks guys
     
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  10. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Hope it helps!
     
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  11. Mitzs
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    Mitzs Ducktape Goddess

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    Oh you get rep points for that link boyce. Thank you!
     
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  12. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Mitz,

    Glad to help! I used this great tool for the exact same reason as Twizzle some time ago.

    Si
     
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