Corrupted HDD can't boot to windows. Need to retrieve OS licence key as no sticker on case.
I am unable to boot into any of the safe mode options or standard windows logon. The data is accessible when the HDD is caddied to another machine. The machine does not have a OS licence key on the case and our client can't find it. There are lost of free useful keyfinders around but none of them seem to have the option to locate the licence key on an external HDD. All they do is find the OS licence key on the main machine. I found a really useful link for retriving the key from the registry but this failed as the specific file needed is corrupted.
Links are below: http://www.dagondesign.com/tools/windows-xp-key-decrypter/ http://www.dagondesign.com/articles/windows-xp-product-key-recovery/
Is there a free software keyfinder for finding on external HDD or drives that are connected. Or failing this one you can pay to upgrade / full package for this feature.