Need to recover my win xp cd key, help me please

By olsrey5 · 11 replies
Jun 17, 2005
  1. Hi everyone, I need to recover my win xp but I have formated my hard drive so I can't recover it from registry. I really dont want to have to pay Microsoft to get it back after paying £100 almost to buy the software. Thanks in advance to anyone who replys.
  2. Grok451

    Grok451 TS Booster Posts: 85

    You don't have a COA (Certificate of Authenticity) with the key printed on it, which should have come with the software when you purchased it? If you don't have that, you're pretty much out of luck.
  3. olsrey5

    olsrey5 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    You must be joking cause my wife through it in the bin with out knowing what the hell it was.
  4. Grok451

    Grok451 TS Booster Posts: 85

    Yikes! :eek: Looks like your wife owes you some money! :D
  5. alphnumeric

    alphnumeric TS Rookie Posts: 173

  6. Spike

    Spike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,168

    unfortunately, he said the machine was formatted, ans so no registry to find the key from.

    Makes you wonder really.
  7. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 856

    Not much help to you now but on a working system this will a HTML page which includes keys.

    Make a note for when you get a system up and running. :(
  8. blaacksheep

    blaacksheep TS Rookie Posts: 70

    Sounds like you'll be "upgrading" to XP Pro like most of the people here. :cool:
  9. GreenEyedSoul

    GreenEyedSoul TS Rookie

    if you still need it...

    Send me a message, I'll help you.
  10. StormBringer

    StormBringer TS Maniac Posts: 2,244

    Is this an OEM machine by chance, such as an HP, Gateway, or Dell? if so, the COA should be attached to the case somewhere. If not and you don't have the documentation it was attached to, you're out of luck.
  11. olsrey5

    olsrey5 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi, thanks for all the replys but looks like I'm out of luke if 'GreenEyedSoul' cant help but thanks anyway. Oh yea its a machine I built myself.
  12. GreenEyedSoul

    GreenEyedSoul TS Rookie


    I've sent you an email to your hotmail account, follow the instructions in it. And don't forget to tell me if it worked.

    Edited by realblackstuff: taken the email-address out.
    NEVER publish an email address in a public place like a forum!
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