Back up any important files on it first. This can be very handy for cloning or for copying data off before you do anything more extreme. It will work on external drives. You can always repartition later with a live Linux disc if the new drive is a lot larger and he wants one big partition. If they didn't come with the laptop this is something that should have been created on day 1 from the inbuilt utility.
I've used many programs like Produkey and Belarc, but with no success. You're not going to be able to do any kind of disk cloning method and have it run on different hardware for the most part. Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date 2 Jan 22, 2019 3 Jan 20, 2019 3 Jan 5, 2019 3 Nov 27, 2018 4 Oct 5, 2018 3 Aug 17, 2018 1 Apr 21, 2018 2 Feb 21, 2018 5 Feb 16, 2018 6 Feb 13, 2018 6 Apr 20, 2017 6 May 30, 2016 2 Jul 14, 2015 2 Jul 13, 2015 5 Aug 30, 2014 2 Jan 19, 2014 1 Jul 1, 2013 1 Mar 29, 2013 6 Jun 6, 2010 1 Dec 5, 2006. All those steps work but are a bit fiddly and time consuming. John Programmers are either not taught about Occam's razor or they forgot about it the following day.
For example, taking out the hard drive and attaching it to a working machine, running a tool that , load the registry hive from within the program and retrieve the product key. When Produkey loads press F9 to open the Select Source window. If your hard drive crashes and you need to reinstall Office, you can't do it without that code. Register for an evaluation copy of Microsoft Office from Microsoft TechNet link in Resources and download the setup program if Office was preinstalled on your drive and destroyed in the crash, or if you no longer have the original media. That way you have all your old files and your old office too! I registered the purchase with my microsoft account and have logged in but cannot find how to get key re-sent or even if this is possible. You just need to remove the drive, connect it to a functional computer, and point ProduKey at it.
. If you do and if it wasn't wiped you can mount the disk in an external enclosure and use a key recovery program like Nirsoft's ProduKey or Magical Jelly Bean to recover the key. You can also make a disk image with Mac, but I never had success restoring it. Hello disturbed13 and welcome to the forums This should be relatively simple The Office 2010 product key is stored in the Software registry hive, however it is in an encoded format and we'll need a tool to decipher it. From a technical perspective You can use a product called shadowprotect to do that, the desktop version is pretty cheap but again not free. I'm going to talk to him about free cloud backups Google drive, Skydrive, etc and recommend that he start using one of those to keep his important docs.
Click Next and then confirm in the popup you are using the program for non commercial use only. The Windows and Office keys will then be displayed for you to write down or save to a text file. The Windows Product Key will then be shown. You have to pull the battery to copy the code, but at least you don't have to rely on somebody laminating it with clear tape before it's unreadable. Recover product keys from crashed hard disk drive for over +4500 popular programs: Windows 8.
You can then insert the drive into an internal drive bay on a working computer, or use an , like the one shown below. I have to get it from the hard drive because I lost the product key from the box when I installed it 3 years ago. It does not pass the real test quality necessary for a computer expert. Later versions tied to a microsoft account, but as long as you can get into that account, you're good. Doesnt matter if you have windows already on them. Method Two This second method uses the wildly popular and an included utility from Nirsoft called Produkey which can retrieve Windows and also Office keys from a an offline Windows system. Method One The first tool to try and recover your Windows product key is Lazesoft Recover My Password Home Edition.
Then again, if the computer is old enough to have that very well laminated label wear out, it's probably time for a replacement anyway. Depending on how far gone the drive is i have had this work. The hard drive had failed, so the recovery partition was corrupted as well. Now Lazesoft Recover My Password will search for and then display the Windows product key s for your system. As far is your problem, try cloning the old drive to the new one as Birdman suggested, then use any Win7 discs to repair.
ProduKey will then show you the product keys from the config folder you copied over. Anyone out there, who can hear me?? There are a few ways to retrieve a key from an unbootable computer and most of them involve having access to another working computer. Luckily I had it in my email invoice from when I got Windows 8 from my university, so it was easy, but time consuming. I am trying to get my Microsoft Office 2013 product key off of my old computer's external hard drive. Is there a way that I could find out the original Win7 product key without actually booting to this drive? He'll lose tons of mp3s, but I think a lot of that was from Apple anyway so it's probably still available to him through iTunes.
Or you can boot up , load the registry and then decrypt the key from a working computer. Just to retrieve Product Keys of programs paid for and Windows O. The whole process will take a little while. That brings me to the point where I was unsuccessful getting into 10 at all even Safe Mode crashed at the desktop… which was accessible by a hard shutoff 3 times in a row as soon as Windows began booting, bringing up the advanced startup features… F8 was no help. Write down any product keys you want to keep and store them in a safe place.