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How to Find Your Lost Windows or Office Product Keys

How to Find Your Lost Windows or Office Product Keys
If you’re planning on doing a reinstall of Windows but can’t find your product key, you’re in luck because it’s stored in the Windows Registry… it’s just not easy to find, and it’s impossible to read without some help. Luckily, we’re here to help. As you can see in the screenshot above, the product ID is stored in the registry but is in a binary format that can’t be read by humans unless you are some sort of Cylon. You aren’t, are you? We’re not really sure why Microsoft went to great lengths to make it difficult to see the product keys for their software, especially since they are stored right in there in the registry and can be read by software, if not by humans. We can only assume that they don’t want anybody to re-use a key from an old computer. The great thing is that you can even recover a key from a computer that won’t boot anymore. Three Places You Might Find the Key The key you need will be in one of three places: Finding the Windows Key Without Any Software (Advanced Users Only)

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