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3 Ways To Recover Serial Numbers In Windows
Having to re-install your Windows operating system is nothing unheard of. Unfortunately, it has to be done at regular intervals. Before you start however, not only make sure all your data is backed up, but also that you have all the serial numbers of programs you would like to reinstall.
Should you find that you have lost the keys for some of your software, chances are you can recover the serial numbers. You could either search the Windows registry, which stores serial numbers, or use a handy tool that will look up all available numbers for you.
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If you go to the developer's homepage, you'll find that the latest version 2.0 is no longer free. Version 1.06, however, is available for free through Major Geeks. A full list of supported software can be seen here.
Obviously, I removed my Product ID and Key information from the above screenshot.
To view the product key information of software installed on another computer or within another operating system, you can use several command line options as outlined on ProduKey's download page. /remoteall for example will enumerate all computers on your local network.
For more options that may help you recover your serial numbers, have a look at Karl's posts User LicenseCrawler To Recover Your Lost Software Serial Numbers and Recover Your Lost XP, Vista & Office Serial Numbers. Simon wrote an article on How To Recover Your Lost Video Game Keys (Windows).
If the tools above fail to retrieve your product key, you may still be able to find it in your registry. Go to > Start > Run, type > regedit and click > OK. Click > [Ctrl] + [F] to launch the search window. Then search the registry for the software in question. Keep hitting > F3 for the next matching entry, until the serial numbers shows up in the data column.
It may be difficult to spot the correct value. Additionally, many programs decrypt the keys stored in the registry, for example Windows itself. In that case it will be impossible to retrieve the numbers.
In case you're desperately seeking to recover a serial number that you lost and can't retrieve with the tools above because you can no longer access that computer, try Find Serial Number. To be used in emergencies only!
Did you have luck finding your keys?
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