Solved

Retrieving VS 2008 product key from a windows.old regestry account

Posted on 2009-06-28
5
381 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-26
Long story, but as a student Microsoft gave me some free software through a program called Dream Spark. Well now I've relaoded my windows and can't find the old product key, and usually I've been able to obtain one from the Dream spark web site, but tonight it won't let me on. So to save some hassle calling them tommorow and straightening out that I'm still an active student blah blah blah, I'm trying to find the key in the old regester that win7 backed up to windows.old. Anybody know where I'd find that old registry and then where to find the key?
0
Comment
Question by:jodyfaison
  • 3
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 15

Expert Comment

by:tenaj-207
ID: 24734075
You'll want to use Magical Jelly Bean (http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/).  Download it and run it then click on Tools > Load Hive.  Browse to c:\Windows.old\System32\Config\Software (no file extension).  This will let you mount your old registry hive and find your key.

-Jeff
0
 

Author Comment

by:jodyfaison
ID: 24734102
thanks, I have used the bean before... I'll try this right now and be right back to you...
0
 

Author Comment

by:jodyfaison
ID: 24734187
ok, having  some trouble...
bean loaded right up and found my latest stuff, but when I go to hive and take to the path where I found the software file but it won't really open the file but the folder... hmm
here's the path:
E:\Windows.old\Windows\system32\config
then software and software.rrr and software.sav are in that folder, but when I try to let it open that folder, it fails. I tried moving the software file (no extension) to folder by itself, still fails.
0
 
LVL 15

Accepted Solution

by:
tenaj-207 earned 500 total points
ID: 24734276
:( That's not good, you could try the other hives located in the \Documents and Settings\{username} folder but I doubt they have the key, and I seems unlikely that they'll even load.

I don't think you'll be able to recover your key.

Sorry,
Jeff
0
 

Author Comment

by:jodyfaison
ID: 24734891
Oh, cool. I logged in in Live under an old email, and was able to get valudated... so VS 2008 is being installed. Thanks for your help though.
0

Featured Post

Back Up Your Microsoft Windows Server®

Back up all your Microsoft Windows Server – on-premises, in remote locations, in private and hybrid clouds. Your entire Windows Server will be backed up in one easy step with patented, block-level disk imaging. We achieve RTOs (recovery time objectives) as low as 15 seconds.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

The recent Microsoft changes on update philosophy for Windows pre-10 and their impact on existing WSUS implementations.
When you try to share a printer , you may receive one of the following error messages. Error message when you use the Add Printer Wizard to share a printer: Windows could not share your printer. Operation could not be completed (Error 0x000006…
This Micro Tutorial will give you basic overview of the control panel section on Windows 7. It will depth in Network and Internet, Hardware and Sound, etc. This will be demonstrated using Windows 7 operating system.
This Micro Tutorial will give you a introduction in two parts how to utilize Windows Live Movie Maker to its maximum editing capability. This will be demonstrated using Windows Live Movie Maker on Windows 7 operating system.

809 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question