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How to tell what key is what


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Anthony2oo5

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I'm forever formatting computers and reinstalling with the nightmare of trying to figure out which product key belongs to which version of windows. Now I know in most cases when they come from Dell or other manufacturers, that its going to be OEM, but its not always the case. I find myself having to start a virtual machine and trying different types of versions of windows until it allows me to continue.

I was wondering if anyone has any tips or tricks for an easier method to figure this out?

Thanks for your time,
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My way is to make a backup copy of the OS disc and write the Key on the disc itelf. Never have to worry about kosing the key for that specific disc or os. Another way I found is to check the tiny print on the outer rim of the disc if it is labeled. I have seen where it actually says "FOR RELEASE WITH BLAH,BLAH,BLAH" Hope this helps.
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Yes but when you get a customer bringing you the computer, they dont provide the CDs 95% of the time.

Was just wondering if there was any software that could tell you the version the key is for.

Thanks for your reply.
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What about the license key that is usually glued to the computer? Unless you have customers that for some reason remove it.
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