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FINDING PRODUCT KEY

I WAS TOLD SOME YEARS AGO THAT TO FIND THE PRODUCT KEY TO AN OPERATING SYSTEM CD TO GO INTO THE "UNATTEND.TXT" FOLDER AND SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM TO FIND IT; WELL SURE ENOUGH THERE IS A PRODUCT KEY BUT IT ONLY SOMETIMES WORKS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CD I AM USING, IS THERE A NEW OR UPDATED WAY TO FIND THE PRODUCT KEY WITHIN THE CD INFO?

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  • TERRI CROCKETT Feb 07, 2010

    NO, IT'S NOT A COPY. THE KEY WAS ON THE BACK OF THE CD SLEEVE AND SOMEONE (I IMAGINE ONE OF MY CHILDREN) TORE THE FLAP OFF OF THE CD SLEEVE WITH THE NUMBER. IT'S HARD TELLING HOW LONG AGO IT EVEN HAPPEND SINCE I HAVE NOT NEEDED IT FOR SOME TIME.

  • petertrast May 11, 2010

    No. That would encourage piracy. The key should be on a sticker on the bottom of a laptop or the top or side of a desktop OR on the envelope the CD came in. Is the CD a factory CD from Microsoft or is it a copy?

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If you have an original factory CD, there are numbers on the CD that can be used by Microsoft to help you out. Try calling them and ask.

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That was somewhat correct a long time ago. Microsoft caught on to that one. Due to changes in product key series,..The Key in the unattended.txt is meant as a sample placeholder in the file (the unattended.txt is meant to be customized for unattended installations of windows xp). I am not sure how the key in the file will work "sometimes" and not others. It definitely will not pass WGA since it will have been used by a substantial number of installs over the years.
Are you looking for a key that will work for an install you are wanting to do? There are keygens out there to do just that.
I hope this helps you,.. any further questions,.. dont hesitate to ask.

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