Portability advantages As there is no installation involved, you can extract the program files to any part of the hard disk and just click the executable to run. I think there are a number of companies selling key with links to a Microsoft download site. One test is apparently whether the product key is valid or not. A toolbar will appear below Extract. Backup and Restore Hello everybody! Click the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
You will see if Windows is activated at the bottom of the properties window. How can windows be genuine one day and not genuine the next? It was my belief that they sanctioned this gray market and I continued to believe that for a year. But eventually those keys will get distributed via other means and become blocked. Apparently Microsoft will decide to invalidate a product key and this does not affect the genuine software that is out there. It also has a community-updated configuration file that retrieves product keys for many other applications.
They then sell a few short to not get detected right away. Had to buy a new key. Wait for Belarc Advisor to analyze your computer and generate a report. Most such sales will work for a limited period, until the number of activations exceeds the limit, at which time Microsoft will block the Key from further activations and all current installs will become flagged as non-genuine. That way, the seller could simply provide the serial number without disclosing the actual key, so the seller could verfiy its authenticity in advance. This link should help, it has many free utilities to help you extract the product key. You can report them to Microsoft for distributing counterfeit installs, and I would most definitely demand a full refund on all the installs you purchased from them.
It would not boot into windows so I did a reinstall on it. Okay, I get that part, sort of. The above guidelines should help had I followed them the first time, I would have easily avoided the scam and still have found an excellent price. Anyway, Microsoft being smart as always stores this product key into registry which can be easily retrieved by users with just one command. So Microsoft pirated their own company? Although software manufacturers use different methods to achieve this kind of protection, one of the most common approaches involves asking the user to enter a product key or serial number, which is the case for both Microsoft Windows and Office. The link to the software I found is at since you asked about not having to go through the activation process again. Before I go through the trouble of formatting my drive and installing Windows Ultimate 7 I was wondering how to tell if these keys are valid and make Windows 7 Ultimate a good copy and get updates.
He further explained that multiple attempts to activate with this key have caused it to be flagged. The ProduKey window will open; you should see your computer's 25-character product key to the right of the hard drive's name. If that is true, then why did Microsoft sell windows 8 key when Windows 8 was released. They should have given me a new one. Please ignore the previous sentence. Copy and Paste the following command string into Notepad.
Another feature is the ability to retrieve product keys from unbootable Windows installations. Or something random I would have to try? Step 2: Once launched, click the option labelled Check product key. I said that I knew that I had a Genuine copy of windows, because Microsoft has been telling me that it is Genuine for the last year. This forced me to spend alot of time trying to understand the convoluted Microsoft licensing policies. They will scan it and look up online to tell you the product key. Microsoft could have offered a discounted upgrade package, but they didn't.
This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. Of course, this left not Windows. Since the first installation has reported the not genuine error, others have turned. It is not capable of determining what is being done with a particular install.
Be sure to save this file to your Desktop for easy access. Try to remember how you purchased your Windows operating system. Video Showing How To Find Your Windows Or Office Product Keys:. Your experience is not my experience. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread. Is there any quick way to check whether a product key has been used or not? Locate your Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office product keys with this simple video guide. After they start getting activated x number of times x being a trade secret held by Microsoft , those keys are added to a blocked list and are then recognized as bogus.