how to find the windows cd key

  howard64 25 Oct 11
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I have taken the hard drive out of a netbook and I have connected it to my main pc in order to find the cd key so that I can reinstall w7 on it. I have downloaded magical jelly beans key finder and used the hive to view the drive. It tells me I do not have the permissions necessary to do this. Can anyone either tell me how to overcome this or point to another free key finder prog. Thanks in advance.

  Nontek 25 Oct 11

Reinstall W7 .... in which case, the Key should be on a sticker on the outside of the computer.

  Nontek 25 Oct 11

PS - I meant to add, on the outside of the original computer of course.

  gengiscant 25 Oct 11

This a great bit of software will even pull a COA number off a problem PC if you plug the hard-drive in to your own rig.

Produkey

  robin_x 25 Oct 11

WinGuggle may help. I'm not sure these things give you the correct key anyway.

You can backup your existing encrypted key then restore after re-installing.

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  howard64 25 Oct 11

the netbook does not have a cd key sticker on it nor does it even have a manufacturers name but it is well specked 2GB ram 320GB disk web cam. When you try and start it attempts to start w7 ultimate it eventually ends with a bsod and memory dump. I have tried produkey but it does not show it and says that w7 can give it problems. I cannot back it up as I cannot get it to run. I would like to be able to edit msconfig on the drive while connected to mine but do not know how to do this.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 25 Oct 11

Tried a startup repair?

Put drive back in netbook

Tap F8 as it boots to get into tools select startup repair from the menu.

  howard64 25 Oct 11

thanks Fruit Bat /\0/\ I have tried using startup repair but it fails to correct things

  woodchip 25 Oct 11

My Samsung nc10 Netbook as the Key stuck to the bottom of the Netbook. I put Cellophane over it so it does not get rubbed off

  woodchip 25 Oct 11
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PS the one in Regedit is not the same as the one on the Label Windows changes it when you first install windows to a different format Number

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