Jellybean KeyFinder

  Thomo1 17:14 31 Dec 05

How reliable is this tool??

I have just ran it on my laptop and the key it spits out is different to the sticker on the back of my laptop.

laptop is 2 months old owned and ive not reinstalled or anything???

Anybody have any ideas??


  mattyc_92 17:19 31 Dec 05

Are you sure you are looking at the "Windows" serial and not "Office"?

  PaulB2005 17:20 31 Dec 05

OEM Installations often have different keys on the case sticker to the one used during installation. The one on the sticker is your key. The one Keyfinder finds is the bulk key used by the OEM to install Windows on 1000's of laptops.

  Thomo1 17:23 31 Dec 05

Matty - yes deffo Windows.

Paul - thanks. I take it the bulk OEM is a multi license key then?

  PaulB2005 17:29 31 Dec 05

When OEM manufacturers (Dell, Time, Tiny etc) build a line of PCs or laptops each one is identical. However they don't sit there and install Windows XP and the software on each PC. They build one Master PC and then "Image" the C Drive contents onto the other machines. This means they have to use one Key. This is the Bulk Key you see with KeyFinder.

I'm not sure why they also provide you with a sticker that has a different key on it but i suspect this is "your" key as it where.

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