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Finding MS Office product key on hdd with unbootable windows partition.

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I have a PC I'm trying to reimage, but I do not have the product key for the MS Office 2007 installation.  The Windows XP partition is unbootable, but I am able to access the file structure.  Is there a file generated that houses the product key for Office?  Or is there another way to find it?
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by:leoahmad
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i do not think you can get it
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johnb6767 earned 500 total points
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Produkey
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html


This can be used to be pointed to an Offline Windows install, and retrieve the MS keys.....
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by:Dustin23
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@ johnb6767

I haven't been able to get this to work.  The hdd is connected through USB as JBOD.  Can you help further?
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by:byundt
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The CD Key can be deduced if you have access to the registry in the other hard drive. The registry files are located in the Windows folder and in Documents and Settings folder as described here:
http://easydesksoftware.com/regfiles.htm

I have always used Magical JellyBean to retrieve CD Key information. It definitely has the ability to extract the CD-Key from a non-booting hard drive, and I have taken advantage of that capability. You can download it from: http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/  The Keyfinder program is free, and is what I use. The developer also has a Recover-Keys program with more capabilities for $24.95 (free trial available) at http://recover-keys.com/en/faq.html
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by:johnb6767
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From within Produkey....

File>Select Source>Load the Product Keys from external Software Registry Hive, and select your USB Drive\Windows\System32\Config\Software. Should pull it right up.....
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