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Windows 2008 R2 product key not updating

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I updated my product key on windows 2008 R2 and then I run the product key finder program to see if it updated, but it doesn't. yet I get the "activation successful" after I enter the key.

any ideas why it doesn't update? how can I update it so it reflects the actual product key?
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Question by:Anthony H.
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by:Jeremy Weisinger
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What are you using to view the product key? How did you enter your product key in the first place?
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by:Anthony H.
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I used a program called "produkey". I went into server properties and clicked on "change product key".  on the server properties window.
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by:Jeremy Weisinger
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Are you using a volume license key? If so, Produkey doesn't support that.

You could try KeyFinder (been using it for years)
http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/
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by:Anthony H.
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does keyfinder work with volume?
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by:Jeremy Weisinger
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Not sure with Windows 2008 R2. It doesn't in Windows 2012 R2
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by:Anthony H.
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what about retail? i'm just curious. I have a server I wanted to check the license on but it's activated correctly, no big deal.
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by:Aditya Arora
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This keyfinder softwares does not always show the correct key.
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by:McKnife
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Does the command
slmgr.vbs /dli
show the correct partial key?
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by:Aditya Arora
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yes its show the correct partial key.

in my case it shows last set of 5 digits.
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McKnife earned 500 total points
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So... ain't that sufficient?
You now have a method to check if it got changed. That tool is builtin and more reliable than any 3rd party tool.
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