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Trying to get the Windows product key from an HDD


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azul20

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Hello everyone,

I am trying to find the Windows Product Key from an HDD. The system that the drive was in, is no longer working properly. The HDD is in an enclosure, connected to my desktop. I have tried using ProduKey, and selecting load the product keys from external software registry hive, and navigatng to the Software folder, but with no luck. If you would not mind, I would really appreciate some help resolving this issue. Thank you very much for your time, and have a great night.


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Hi,

 

Can you tell us which Windows you have in the old HDD?

 

Also post the brand and model of the machine. It's a Desktop or laptop?


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Thank you for the reply. The drive is a 2.5" taken from a laptop. The OS, that is on that drive, is Windows 8.1. The desktop, that the enclosure is connected to, is running 7. The 2.5" drive is just a Seagate 500gb HDD. Do you require the model number for the desktop, or the laptop?


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Hi,

 

If the Windows 8/8.1 came preinstalled on the laptop I don't think you need a key because the activation key is on the BIOS/UEFI.

 

If you already did a backup of your data it will be simpler to restore the machine to the factory defaults, that way Windows will be activated for sure and also will have all the correct drivers needed for the machine to work properly.


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Hello SleepyDude,

The machine cannot be restored to the factory defaults , and that is not what I am trying to do. Thank you for your time.


Edited by azul20, 31 January 2015 - 07:21 AM.

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Hi,

 

Can you explain what is your main goal?


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