How to find a serial number for software/hardware
Use the information in this article at your own risk. Always keep your computer firewall and virus programs up to date and activated.
for software are usually needed to activate or verify
the software was purchased from the vendor, to obtain updates and to install the software. Sometimes, you can misplace or be unable to locate the serial number
.There are a couple of ways to obtain a serial number
for software, some are legal
and others illegal
. I will go over common methods to help you obtain the serial numbers
-A easy and legal way to obtain software serial numbers
is simply by purchasing the software
. A lot of the times when you purchase the software directly from a website, the website will provide you with the serial either directly on the purchase confirmation page or through an email. If you buy the software from a store, the serial number is usually located on the disc package or case. If you lost
this serial number, you can try contacting the technical/customer support for the product and they may be able to help you obtain a new one. An alternate method is to obtain a product key from online or through a torrent program
. This is usually illegal and sometimes lead to a virus if you are not careful. I will explain more below.
-In some cases you can obtain a serial key
or a crack program
for the software product. A crack program basically provides you with a serial number or it can circumvent the software authentication
process(bypass activation). Be warned, doing this is usually illegal
and if you are not careful when downloading programs or visiting websites, you can potentially get a virus.
An example of how to do this is to use a torrent site
. On a torrent site, you can download a file called a torrent. This torrent basically is a pointer to all the computers who have this certain file you wish to download. You then use a torrent down loader like Utorrent
to open the torrent and download the file. A website you can visit to look at torrents is piratebay.org.
Go to piratebay, search for the file you want to download and then save it to your computer(desktop is easiest). Then open the torrent file in Utorrent. It should start to download the file. I would advise you also download a program called PeerBlock and have that running in the background as you download files. PeerBlock keeps a list of IP addresses(computers) who's intent is to track and prosecute people who download files illegally.
By searching, you may find a crack program
you can use to crack the software in question, and in some cases find a "key generator". A key generator usually provides you with a serial key
-If you are looking for a serial key for hardware like a laptop or MP3 player, this is usually located on a bar-code sticker on the back, or sometimes in the battery compartment. Also, you may be able to find it within the software by turning on the device and going to "help" or "about'.
I hope this article was informative. Thanks for reading.
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