I have drafted articles in the past which featured various utilities to use to recover your software product keys. To name a few there was LicenseCrawler, ProduKey (by NirSoft), AND SIW -System Information for Windows. Today I found another one, called Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder, that you can add to this arsenal.
The Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder is a freeware utility that retrieves your Product Key (cd key) used to install windows from your registry (plus over 300 other software products). It also has a community-updated configuration file that retrieves product keys for many other applications. Another feature is the ability to retrieve product keys from unbootable Windows installations.
There is nothing more frustrating than when you go to install software that you paid good money for and cannot find the product key to install that software. As a matter of fact, in the real world of computing, and I have helped many; most people fail to keep the product keys and in many cases cannot even locate the CD’s. It may be years, during the operation of your computer that you may need the CD’s and the product keys; therefore, GENERAL RULE OF THUMB — Keep those CD’s and Product Keys together in one place so that you will have them available in the event a re-install is required.
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