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Sergei117
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How to retrieve windows 7 key (sticker worn out)

Hi everyone!

 

I'm sure this question has already been discussed here, but I wasn't able to find anything helpful.

 

The sticker with Windows key on my lenovo T400 is not readable anymore and I need to reinstall windows.

Any suggestions? As far as I understood key retrieving software won't help because it gives wrong

windows key.

 

Thanks in advance

802.11n
pagroundhog
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Location: PA

Re: How to retrieve windows 7 key (sticker worn out)

Hello,

 

This program will retrieve you current key: ABR Backup and Restore

 

I just tested it on my B575 and the key generated in the text file matches my sticker.

 

CAUTION: Make sure you download the Windows 7 Beta version!

 

However, I believe that you are still going to have to activate your new installation with Microsoft. If I am correct, you will be prompted within 3 days to do so. FYI, the automated phone method works well and takes about 10 minutes.

 

Good luck!

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Sergei117
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Re: How to retrieve windows 7 key (sticker worn out)

pagroundhog, thanks for response, but this program gives me the same answer as any other keyfinder

I've tried. Moreover, it doesn't correspond to my real product key (I can still see a few letters on the sticker clearly)

 

The readme file for ABR Backup and Restore says:

"This package provides utilities to backup and restore the activation
files in OEM versions of Windows Vista that are pre-activated at the
factory.  It probably won't work on activation that was performed
online or over the phone."

 

I've already reinstalled windows once and activated it by internet. Maybe that's the problem.

 

For more info: I'm using windows 7 x64 professional.

 

 

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pagroundhog
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Re: How to retrieve windows 7 key (sticker worn out)

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Sergei117 wrote: I've already reinstalled windows once and activated it by internet. Maybe that's the problem.

 

I did a full reinstall of Windows 7 two times using an OEM disk and verified it (both times) over the phone with Microsoft using their automated verification system and the product key still matches the sticker on the bottom. Is it possible that you used a different product key when you did the previous install (ie, from a retail version maybe?).

 

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Re: How to retrieve windows 7 key (sticker worn out)

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the key on the MS sticker should NOT be the same as the OEM pre activated key every pc has a different sticker key
Sergei117 if your sticker is not readable there is no way to get a new one or recover the old one




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Re: How to retrieve windows 7 key (sticker worn out)

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Hello GMAC,

 

As stated in my previous post, and after two complete "wipe clean" OEM installs, the key I can extract from my laptop "IS" the same as the key on my sticker. So, if you are saying that "should not be", then what corrective action do you advise? BTW, both of my OEM installs were authenticated via telephone with Microsoft so where do I go from here? Your adamant response has prompted me to request your assistance in taking further action to resolve this issue.

 

Thnks, in advance, for your help!

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Re: How to retrieve windows 7 key (sticker worn out)


GMAC-R60 wrote:

 

the key on the MS sticker should NOT be the same as the OEM pre activated key


 

 

The pre-activated Win 7 key in the factory installation on a ThinkPad is NOT an OEM key, it is a particular form of a VLK (volume licence key).

 

Referring to it as an OEM key just causes confusion.

 

Cheers,

 

Bill

 

 

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pagroundhog
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Re: How to retrieve windows 7 key (sticker worn out)

Hello Bill,

 

Thank you for your response.

 

Best regards,

 

pagroundhog

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Re: How to retrieve windows 7 key (sticker worn out)

@billbolton
looking around this forum & others you will find very few folks calling it a VLK but know matter what you want to call it the VLK should not be the same as the OEM MS sticker key
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@pagroundhog
lets make sure we are talking about the samething , I'm saying the pre installed windows (which appears to be what the OP has)key should not be the same as the sticker. if you used your sticker key to activate win. then when using a key finder it should show the same key



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Re: How to retrieve windows 7 key (sticker worn out)

AHA! Thank you GMAC!