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Is there any free software out there that will show what software each PC has installed, and ideally their license key?

I'm at a small company that has many copies of individually licensed software (OEM/Retail). Most importantly it needs details of OS Version/Key, Office version/Key. Adobe Acrobat version/key would be a plus.

Is there anything out there like this for free? If not, any suggestions for a good paid version? The best I have found is "produkey", but it does not show the keys for anything prior to Office XP, and does not show non-microsoft products.

I have googled and there are quite a few paid-software programs that claim to do some of what I ask, so please also post whether or not you have used the software you are suggesting.

Thank you
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AudtWizard  (Not Free ... Sorry)  We use it and it has been helpful.

http://www.laytontechnology.com/pages/auditwizard.asp

Check it out - Hope this helps.
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by:Tapan Pattanaik
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hi bradl3y,
                 Have you try this one......

Free PC Audit 1.5 freeware:

http://www.bestfreewaredownload.com/freeware/t-free-free-pc-audit-freeware-sbrcthth.html
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by:veedar
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Find keys...
http://magicaljellybean.com/

Spiceworks is also good to see what's on your network...
http://www.spiceworks.com/
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by:MariusSunchaser
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Try Steel Inventory.
It's very easy to use, and it can make computer snapshops and compare this snapshot with another snapshop took at a later date (Makes it very easy to see what software was installed by users).
Older versions are free as long as you want, and don't require clients installed on workstations. Integrates very good with domain, and it gets both hardware and software (annoying but also helpful is that it gets all the software product installed, even updates, so you'll get a very long list for each machine).
http://www.steelsonic.com/products.htm

I used it and I was very happy for a small 50 computers networ.
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by:Krompton
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Take a look at http://sydiproject.com. Though this is not strictly for software inventory it is quite useful and does list most of the installed programs. Current release is 2.3 thought the last version I used was 2.1. For getting Keys, like veedar listed, Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder is one of the best.

Cheers
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