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PCSTATS TechTip - Finding Your Windows product Key - PCSTATS.com PCSTATS TechTip - Finding Your Windows product Key
Thu, Feb 06 2014 | 7:56AM | Filed under: Tips| PermaLink Posted by: STAFF

Here's a common issue faced by IT admins when rebuilding office servers and PC systems, or conducting audits on servers located in remote facilities; undocumented OS product keys.

Say for example that your company has four installed servers but five Win 2K3 Server licences available. The person who first rolled out the servers didn't document which server was assigned which key, so you don't know which key goes to what server, and which of the five product keys remains available for use.

Looking for a plain text Win2K3 Server product key in the system registry won't help, it's encrypted.

What you need is a 'product key finder'. One such application is Winkeyfinder v1.75, a lightweight program that runs right from the desktop. The program works with Windows 7/vista/XP operating systems and allows you to change some registration fields as well. Recovering keys takes a matter of seconds, but with Win2K3 Server is just doesn't work.

Next up, we tried out 'Keyfinder Thing v3.1.6' ( www.ychatsharp.com ). This small application does run under 32-bit and 64-bit Win 2K3 Server and with it OS product keys are rapidly discovered. In our example, which key went where was sorted out and crucially the unused key was determined.

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