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XP Key problem

Discussion in 'Software' started by delorean, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. delorean

    delorean Megabyte Poster

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    Just wondered if anyone could help with this issue, it's doing my head in!

    I have a customer PC here with XP Pro on it. The PC won't boot, it needs an OS repair. That much I have concluded.

    Here's the problem.

    The system has a legal product key but the machine is old and the key sticker is illegible. I also cannot boot in to the OS in any way whatsoever (at least to the best of my knowledge anyway) so using a keyfinder is going to be an issue.

    Is there a utility to put on say a floppy or usb drive that will boot in to some sort of software and get the key so I can use it in OS repair?

    I did try hooking the HDD up to a test box I have in the office but using a keyfinder doesn't find the key on that drive, only the one on my test box OS.

    I really don't want to put the customer in to the situation of buying a new key so if anyone can help with ideas that would be great thanks. :)
     
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  2. grizz3210

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    Hi

    this may be of help

    http://www.microsoft.com/communitie...6bca-4cc7-9318-d4a715766d36&lang=en&cr=us&p=6
     
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  3. delorean

    delorean Megabyte Poster

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    Thanks for the handy link grizz, though I cannot find a freeware command line utility that does it. Although I have thought of another solution.

    I am trying ERD on a tools CD. If I can boot ERD, I may be able to use a windows version via a usb stick and get the key that way.

    Shall keep ye informed!

    edit: didn't work. ERD caused the machine to blue screen.
     
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  4. delorean

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    Think I may have just solved my own problem!

    I'm using a new build of BartPE with a BartPE keyfinder Plugin. Should do the job nicely I hope! :)
     
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  5. derkit

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    Does this help?
    Linky
    I thought there was some mention of it in the registry.

    Perhaps under /windir in the first table
     
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  6. delorean

    delorean Megabyte Poster

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    Now that is a useful little tool. Nice find, thanks. :)
     
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