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Windows xp coa key?

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Hello everybody. Here is my problem. My computer is acting weird and wont let me access my control panel. I think i need to reinstall windows xp on my system. My cd key is missing. Either it fell off my computer or it wasnt put on my case like it was supp

osed to. Does anybody know what i can do about finding my coa key? Do i have to buy a copy of windows xp again? If anyboduy knows i would really apprciate it thx.

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    • If you need the existing Product Key to reinstall Windows, any one of these

      three utilities will extract it for you:

      1) This freeware utility displays both the OS and Office product keys:

      "The Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder is a freeware utility that retrieves your

      Product Key (cd key) used to install windows from your registry. It has the

      options to copy the key to clipboard, save it to a text file, or print it for

      safekeeping. It works on Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Office

      97, and Office XP. This version is a quick update to make it work with Windows

      Server 2003."

      Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder

      http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml

      2) If you need more than just the Product Key, one of these freeware utilities

      will

      give you a complete system report. Try Belarc Advisor first.

      Belarc Advisor - Free Personal PC Audit

      http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

      3) If you want to know anything about the internals of the system without taking

      it

      apart, download and install a system auditor like Aida32 Personal Edition, found

      here:

      http://www.aida32.hu/aida-download.php?bit=32

      To resolve your Control Panel issue, try this:

      Go to http://www.dougknox.com/index.html

      Click on Utility.

      There's link under Utilities and Tweaks for a VB script that will restore access

      to the control panel.

      Hope this helps..Reply in newsgroup only.

      Eric McGillicudy

      "SST" <sst777.windows-xp.todaysummary.com.msn.com> wrote in message

      news:5E2B36AF-CF5D-4F2D-86E8-2B196DF996C3.windows-xp.todaysummary.com.microsoft.com...

      > Hello everybody. Here is my problem. My computer is acting weird and wont let

      me access my control panel. I think i need to reinstall windows xp on my system.

      My cd key is missing. Either it fell off my computer or it wasnt put on my case

      like it was supposed to. Does anybody know what i can do about finding my coa

      key? Do i have to buy a copy of windows xp again? If anyboduy knows i would

      really apprciate it thx.

      #1; Mon, 26 May 2008 11:02:00 GMT
    • I don't think Bel Arc gets the product key, it does the

      serial number. It is a useful program.

      "Eric McG" <dontbother.windows-xp.todaysummary.com.att.net> wrote in message

      news:uPreUGKGEHA.3096.windows-xp.todaysummary.com.TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...

      | If you need the existing Product Key to reinstall Windows,

      any one of these

      | three utilities will extract it for you:

      |

      | 1) This freeware utility displays both the OS and Office

      product keys:

      |

      | "The Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder is a freeware utility

      that retrieves your

      | Product Key (cd key) used to install windows from your

      registry. It has the

      | options to copy the key to clipboard, save it to a text

      file, or print it for

      | safekeeping. It works on Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4, 2000,

      XP, Server 2003, Office

      | 97, and Office XP. This version is a quick update to make

      it work with Windows

      | Server 2003."

      |

      | Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder

      | http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml

      |

      | 2) If you need more than just the Product Key, one of

      these freeware utilities

      | will

      | give you a complete system report. Try Belarc Advisor

      first.

      |

      | Belarc Advisor - Free Personal PC Audit

      | http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

      |

      | 3) If you want to know anything about the internals of the

      system without taking

      | it

      | apart, download and install a system auditor like Aida32

      Personal Edition, found

      | here:

      | http://www.aida32.hu/aida-download.php?bit=32

      |

      | To resolve your Control Panel issue, try this:

      |

      | Go to http://www.dougknox.com/index.html

      |

      | Click on Utility.

      |

      | There's link under Utilities and Tweaks for a VB script

      that will restore access

      | to the control panel.

      |

      | --

      | Hope this helps..Reply in newsgroup only.

      | Eric McGillicudy

      |

      | "SST" <sst777.windows-xp.todaysummary.com.msn.com> wrote in message

      | news:5E2B36AF-CF5D-4F2D-86E8-2B196DF996C3.windows-xp.todaysummary.com.microsoft.com...

      | > Hello everybody. Here is my problem. My computer is

      acting weird and wont let

      | me access my control panel. I think i need to reinstall

      windows xp on my system.

      | My cd key is missing. Either it fell off my computer or it

      wasnt put on my case

      | like it was supposed to. Does anybody know what i can do

      about finding my coa

      | key? Do i have to buy a copy of windows xp again? If

      anyboduy knows i would

      | really apprciate it thx.

      |

      |

      #2; Mon, 26 May 2008 11:03:00 GMT
    • Greetings --

      The Windows 25-character Product Key (required to perform the

      installation) is stored on the CD packaging on a bright orange sticker

      that says "Do not lose this number." If it was an OEM (factory

      installed) license, it's stored on a label that the PC manufacturer

      affixed to the exterior of the PC case, or on the bottom of a laptop.

      To recover a lost Product Key:

      If your system still runs, you should be able to use AIDA32

      Enterprise from http://www.aida32.hu/aida32.php to find the Product

      Key. (If you have a factory-installed OEM license, and haven't since

      reinstalled the OS, the revealed Product Key is probably of the drive

      image used at the factory and not _your_ specific Product Key;

      therefore, it probably cannot be -- and definitely should not be --

      used for a re-installation.)

      If it was a retail license and you have proof of purchase:

      How to Replace Lost, Broken, or Missing Microsoft Software or Hardware

      http://support.microsoft.com/default...B;en-us;326246

      If it was an OEM license, you should contact whomever sold you the

      PC; although very few manufacturers/vendors keep records of the

      Product Keys they've sold, it's worth a try before you have to buy a

      new license.

      Bruce Chambers

      Help us help you:

      http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm

      http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html

      You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on

      having both at once. -- RAH

      "SST" <sst777.windows-xp.todaysummary.com.msn.com> wrote in message

      news:5E2B36AF-CF5D-4F2D-86E8-2B196DF996C3.windows-xp.todaysummary.com.microsoft.com...

      > Hello everybody. Here is my problem. My computer is acting weird and

      > wont let me access my control panel. I think i need to reinstall

      > windows xp on my system. My cd key is missing. Either it fell off my

      > computer or it wasnt put on my case like it was supposed to. Does

      > anybody know what i can do about finding my coa key? Do i have to

      > buy a copy of windows xp again? If anyboduy knows i would really

      > apprciate it thx.

      #3; Mon, 26 May 2008 11:04:00 GMT
    • You're probably running an old version.

      Belarc v6.0m shows both the Product ID and the Product Key.

      Hope this helps..Reply in newsgroup only.

      Eric McGillicudy

      "Jim Macklin" <p51mustang[threeX12].windows-xp.todaysummary.com.xxxhotmail.calm> wrote in message

      news:usPMOkKGEHA.2664.windows-xp.todaysummary.com.TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...

      > I don't think Bel Arc gets the product key, it does the

      > serial number. It is a useful program.

      >

      > "Eric McG" <dontbother.windows-xp.todaysummary.com.att.net> wrote in message

      > news:uPreUGKGEHA.3096.windows-xp.todaysummary.com.TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...

      > | If you need the existing Product Key to reinstall Windows,

      > any one of these

      > | three utilities will extract it for you:

      > |

      > | 1) This freeware utility displays both the OS and Office

      > product keys:

      > |

      > | "The Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder is a freeware utility

      > that retrieves your

      > | Product Key (cd key) used to install windows from your

      > registry. It has the

      > | options to copy the key to clipboard, save it to a text

      > file, or print it for

      > | safekeeping. It works on Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4, 2000,

      > XP, Server 2003, Office

      > | 97, and Office XP. This version is a quick update to make

      > it work with Windows

      > | Server 2003."

      > |

      > | Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder

      > | http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml

      > |

      > | 2) If you need more than just the Product Key, one of

      > these freeware utilities

      > | will

      > | give you a complete system report. Try Belarc Advisor

      > first.

      > |

      > | Belarc Advisor - Free Personal PC Audit

      > | http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

      > |

      > | 3) If you want to know anything about the internals of the

      > system without taking

      > | it

      > | apart, download and install a system auditor like Aida32

      > Personal Edition, found

      > | here:

      > | http://www.aida32.hu/aida-download.php?bit=32

      > |

      > | To resolve your Control Panel issue, try this:

      > |

      > | Go to http://www.dougknox.com/index.html

      > |

      > | Click on Utility.

      > |

      > | There's link under Utilities and Tweaks for a VB script

      > that will restore access

      > | to the control panel.

      > |

      > | --

      > | Hope this helps..Reply in newsgroup only.

      > | Eric McGillicudy

      > |

      > | "SST" <sst777.windows-xp.todaysummary.com.msn.com> wrote in message

      > | news:5E2B36AF-CF5D-4F2D-86E8-2B196DF996C3.windows-xp.todaysummary.com.microsoft.com...

      > | > Hello everybody. Here is my problem. My computer is

      > acting weird and wont let

      > | me access my control panel. I think i need to reinstall

      > windows xp on my system.

      > | My cd key is missing. Either it fell off my computer or it

      > wasnt put on my case

      > | like it was supposed to. Does anybody know what i can do

      > about finding my coa

      > | key? Do i have to buy a copy of windows xp again? If

      > anyboduy knows i would

      > | really apprciate it thx.

      > |

      > |

      >

      #4; Mon, 26 May 2008 11:05:00 GMT
    • SST wrote:

      >Hello everybody. Here is my problem. My computer is acting weird and wont let me access my control panel. I think i need to reinstall windows xp on my system. My cd key is missing. Either it fell off my computer or it wasnt put on my case like it was sup

      posed to. Does anybody know what i can do about finding my coa key?

      If the system runs, get the free Aida 32, enterprise edition from

      http://www.aida32.hu/aida32-download.php

      which is an excellent general System Info tool, and its Software -

      Licenses page will tell you the one used for Windows and ones for

      several other items.

      Note that if the machine came with XP installed, this will probably give

      a key used in producing an original image, then cloned to all machines

      they make. So it is not the one for a reinstall. In which case you

      will have to contact the makers

      Alex Nichol MS MVP (Windows Technologies)

      Bournemouth, U.K. Alexn.windows-xp.todaysummary.com.mvps.D8E8L.org (remove the D8 bit)

      #5; Mon, 26 May 2008 11:06:00 GMT