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Retrieve Windows 7 licence key from corrupted hard drive

Hi, I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 with a damaged hard drive which I am replacing.  The owner cannot find a system disk, the recovery partition shows as 0 bytes but I can access the system folders using a USB bridge.  On top of that, the laptop does not have a windows sticker attached.
I have tried Magicjellybean and Spotmau but these only retrieve from the current system or from a running network device.

Does anyone know if there is a way of extracting the key?  
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Hi,

If there is no Windows Sticker on the laptop and it's not available, then surely questions have to be raised as to whether it is properly licenced?

Why don't you buy a  Dell  Inspiron 1545 laptop chassis (i.e. plastics) c/w Windows sticker from eBay together with the Windows recovery DVD?

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Rob.
Hi,

Alternatively, buy a new Windows installation and then put it down to experience - at least you'll have a COA and be properly licenced?

Regards,


RobMobility.
You could download a Live CD (Linux). I think they have product key finders on there. Just boot off the cd and run the tool against the hard drive.
http://www.ubcd4win.com/faq.htm

Around the bottom of the page it says keyfinder.
Sorry, top of the page
Here's a list of the tools that come with the download
http://www.ubcd4win.com/contents.htm
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Two correct answers  and I have learnt something about Dell laptops and stickers hidden away on batteries.  I was able to successfully complete and activate the re-installation.  Thank you for your help!
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It took me a while to learn that one too.

Mark
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"Dell laptops and stickers hidden away on batteries"

It is a common problem on laptops for the sticker to wear off and become unreadable ... I guess this was Dell's answer :)