Extracting the cd key from the registry

The cd key is stored as clear text in Windows 9x and Windows NT4, but newer versions of Windows and Office encrypts the cd keys a little.

To help decrypting the cd keys, then one can use the following utilities:

Updated: 8 December 2007

Comments:

  1. Johnno says:

    Do you know of any program whcih works in DOS to find the WinXP key? I have a damaged registry and cannot open WinXP, but need the key, as the owner has lost her WinXP Product Code

  2. snakefoot says:

    Johnno
    Do you know of any program whcih works in DOS to find the WinXP key? I have a damaged registry and cannot open WinXP, but need the key, as the owner has lost her WinXP Product Code

    Don't know how to extract the CD-Key without running the cd-key utility on the computer.

    Have you tried to boot in safemode ?
    Have you tried to use Last Known Good Configuration ?
    Have you treid to use Recovery Console to restore the initial registry ?

  3. Pedro says:

    i wus Wondering what happens Once my Activation expires..?? 30 days Over..?

  4. snakefoot says:

    Pedro
    i wus Wondering what happens Once my Activation expires..?? 30 days Over..?

    I believe that after the 30 day grace period WinXP will stop booting normally.

    After this point you will have to boot into safemode(press F8 at startup). In safemode you should still be able to activate your WinXP.

    http://www.microsoft.com/piracy/activation_faq.mspx

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