In-place Reinstall of Windows 2000 Without Product Key
Posted on 2006-11-17
Cutomer's laptop won't fully boot and needs an in-place reinstall of Windows 2000. During the reinstall I will be asked for the product key, but since I can't boot up the laptop in order to run a keyfinder program to retrieve the key, I have no way of finding it. She has the original upgrade disk, but has lost the key.
I've tried installing the hard drive as a slave in another machine and then running Jellybean Keyfinder, but it only returns the key of the primary master drive, not the slave. Tried to boot the drive with ERD Commander and run the keyfinder from there, but that too fails.
1. Is there any way to run a keyfinder utility on a secondary drive to retrieve the key from the registry on that drive only?
2. Is there any way to do an in-place reinstall of Windows 2000 without having to enter the product key?