How do I extract a product key from a working system?

Question

Is there a way to extract the product key from a working system so that I can move the device to another PC? The device is a Dell AXIM Pocket PC and came with ActiveSync and Outlook 2000.

Thanks

Answer

This question was answered on November 26, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

I did some research on line on this and found the link listed below and some suggested links with different ways to gain access to existing product keys

http://www.infopackets.com/channels/en/windows/gazette/2004/20040930_extract_cd_key_from_the_registry.htm

Yes All CD Keys are stored in your System Registry, and there are a number of methods (and 3rd-party applications) that can extract this information for you.

Magic Jelly Bean finder (the first link listed below) will extract Windows XP and Office keys The second link explains how to go into your registry and extract the key yourself (for any CD key), and the third link explains how to extract product keys using a DOS command line (in case you can't get back into Windows and need to format / reinstall from DOS):

http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml

http://www.internetguideandmore.com/finding_lost_cd_keys_in_your_reg.htm

http://www.dougknox.com/utility/scripts_desc/cdkey_dos.htm

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Posted by Kevin of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on November 26, 2005