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Need to extract Office product key

By dougham
Feb 12, 2009
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  1. This PC is unbootable, even in safe mode. I want to rebuild Windows XP and Office 2003 Prof.
    I have both CDs but not the original ones. The Windows XP Product key is on a sticker on the side. However I want to extract the product key from the registry. I have a bootable XP CD with a registry browser that lets me specify the Windows folder to use, so I can point it to the original hard drive and display the registry.
    However the only product key extract program I have extracts only from the running registry, ie from the bootable CD.
    Do you know of a product key extraction program that allows browsing to the Windows folder holding the registry files?
    If not, can you tell me how to extract the Office product key from the registry manually?

    Regards
    Doug
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    1. Repair Windows

    Microsoft's Windows XP Professional Repair Install step by step
    http://www.windowsxpprofessional.windowsreinstall.com/installxpcdrepair/part3.htm

    Microsoft's Windows XP Home Repair Install step by step
    http://www.windowsxphome.windowsreinstall.com/installxpcdrepair/part3.htm

    2. Run Windows\Office key finder program (even in Safe mode ;)

    Keyfinder 1.06
    http://majorgeeks.com/Keyfinder_Thing_Lite_d5253.html
    License: Freeware
    Requires: Win All

    3. Put Windows CD back in and install Windows clean

    Remove the Partition when installing

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    Lengthy, but it'll work ;)
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