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Finding software registration for a new computer

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I had an older computer with Windows XP as its OS. It developed problems that I was not able to solve eventually getting to the point where it would not start. I bought a new computer with Vista and started re-installing all my applications. However, I got to one application and I can not find the software registration key. It was on a separate card in one of the books that came with it but is no longer there. I have the hard drives from the old computer and have saved the vast majority of the files from them into temporary files on my new computer. The software company says it does not have me as the owner of the software and I can not find the proof of purchase stuff as it was about 4+ years ago that I bought it. Is there some method to search for the key that the program looks for when it tries to start? It does not give me the option to look in other files for this info, it just acts as though I am a new user and it asks for the registartion stuff.
Any ideas?
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Hello, and welcome to Geeks To Go.
Did you buy this software on line?
If so did you happen to save the E-mail that was sent containing the key?
If not then you most likely will have to buy the software again.
This time make a file with all of the keys for all of the programs, and keep it in a secure place. (I am talking about a paper file).
Some software is purchased per computer. If you buy a new computer you will have to buy the software again.
Thank you.
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