Product Key on bottom of Laptop faded ! help

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  1. The Patient

    The Patient Guest

    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 !
     
    The Patient, May 17, 2008
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    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 !
     
    Carey Frisch [MVP], May 17, 2008
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    chinga69 Guest

    chinga69, May 17, 2008
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  4. The Patient

    Malke Guest

    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
     
    Malke, May 18, 2008
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  5. The Patient

    Brink Guest

    Hi Malke

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

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

    Hope this helps
    Shaw

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    Brink, May 18, 2008
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  6. The Patient

    Malke Guest

    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
     
    Malke, May 18, 2008
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  7. 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, Dec 22, 2008
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  8. The Patient

    Brink Guest

    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.

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

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

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    Brink, Dec 22, 2008
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  9. The Patient

    JW Guest

    JW, Dec 22, 2008
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  10. The Patient

    David B. Guest

    That product key is OEM, are you installing from an OEM installation disc?
     
    David B., Dec 22, 2008
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  11. The Patient

    Mark H Guest

    Doesn't matter what install disc is used. The PID determines the
    installation.

    The PID derived with a third party product will reveal the manufacturer's
    volume PID typically tied to the BIOS. This will not be the PID on the
    label.
     
    Mark H, Dec 22, 2008
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  12. The Patient

    David B. Guest

    You are incorrect, you can't use upgrade or retail installation media with
    an OEM product key.
     
    David B., Dec 22, 2008
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  13. The Patient

    David B. Guest

    Damnit, I'll shut up now, for some reason I thought I was in one of the XP
    groups :(
     
    David B., Dec 22, 2008
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  14. Change "OEM" to "branded OEM" and you would be correct.

    Richie Hardwick
     
    Richie Hardwick, Dec 22, 2008
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  15. The Patient

    Mark H Guest

    :)

     
    Mark H, Dec 23, 2008
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  16. The Patient

    Curious Guest

    On My HP Vista Laptop the Key finder program returns the key on the HP label
    on the bottom of the unit.
     
    Curious, Dec 23, 2008
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  17. The Patient

    David B. Guest

    See my above post on my Monday brainfart
     
    David B., Dec 23, 2008
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  18. The Patient

    David B. Guest

    Really? So do I and it does.
     
    David B., Dec 24, 2008
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    MarikaWaqavou, May 2, 2009
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  20. HUH?

    What are you asking for? WHO are you asking? The person you quoted?
    THAT person wrote what you replied to A YEAR AGO and then never came
    back!
     
    Manny Weisbord, May 2, 2009
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