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

Posted on 2009-06-28
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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?
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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
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by:jodyfaison
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thanks, I have used the bean before... I'll try this right now and be right back to you...
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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.
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:( 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
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by:jodyfaison
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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.
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