No serial number on Win 7

  Hetti 17:12 07 Oct 11

My husbands Laptop runs win 7, but the disk that came with Laptop has no serial number on it, how would he reinstall OS if needed?

  onthelimit1 17:17 07 Oct 11

The disc won't have the number - it should be on a sticker on the underside of the laptop. It's unusual for the disc to be provided these days.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:18 07 Oct 11

Serial No on base of laptop?

or run a key finder

  gengiscant 17:23 07 Oct 11

This is a great bit of software: Produkey Will even find a product key if all you have is a problems PC's hard-drive connected to your own.

  onthelimit1 17:43 07 Oct 11

gengis - that's a hand little prog.

  rdave13 18:03 07 Oct 11

gengiscant just tried it on my oem Win 7 laptop but gives the wrong key. I suspect it gives the version HP uses to mass install. Haven't found a keyfinder yet that will reveal the key thats printed on the sticker. OK for retail but fails with OEM.

  robin_x 18:41 07 Oct 11

It's clear as mud

I haven't found anything that divulges the same as my COA either.

Seeing as my Recovery DVDs (two sets) and Partition (+backup copy) work and I have multiple System Images, I hope I won't need a key anyway.

I have also written down my COA key in my 'laptop logbook' in case it ever gets rubbed off the bottom.

Just call me paranoid.

I suppose the answer for Hetti's husband:

Make System Image(s) to an external drive + a boot disc. Use Easeus Todo (I like the new v3, v2 was awful) Make a W7 System Repair Disc (Start/Search Backup and Restore) (only for fixing boot problems, does not hold the operating system)

Also not that while W7 can also make images and backups, it is not my and others preference for many reasons.

Easeus now does both and incremental/differential backups. Acronis True Image is widely recommended and will do same but you have to buy it.

Keeping a working image means you won't have to reinstall W7. You restore the image. Don't overwrite it and make regular extra images. Some of the extras can be deleted if you start getting short of space on the ext drive.

  Hetti 08:02 08 Oct 11

Thanks all

When I say "the disk that came with the laptop" it is not like previous original windows disk's I have had with computers, it is not covered with a hologram in fact it says BROTHER on it is this just a recovery dick as opposed to the full version of win 7? the laptop is a Medion.

  Hetti 08:17 08 Oct 11

Interesting articles although I cannot say it is very clear to me I do get the gist of it all.

I have downloaded the key finder just in case, hope we don't need it for a while though.

thanks all

  Terry Brown 10:31 08 Oct 11

If it is a recovery disk, note that it can only be used ONCE, after that it will not work.

To recovery all serial numbers and codes use Belarc .

For win 7 use

for all others use

or for more info use www.siw.exe


  lotvic 10:31 08 Oct 11

Usually all that happens when you insert a recovery DVD is it brings up a menu to ask you what you want to do, Complete Recovery, Repair, Start Normally etc. etc.

If you want to see what's on the DVD that came with the laptop. Holding down the shift key stops it from Autorunning:

Hold down the shift key and put DVD in a pc - keep the shift key held down all the time until DVD drive activity stops - you can now browse the DVD contents and look at the files on it. (this is same as you would stop any CD/DVD from autorunning if you wanted to make a copy or look at files ect.)

Maybe someone with a Medion laptop will post to say what DVD they got with theirs.

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