11-01-2011 12:04 PM
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
Thanks in advance
11-01-2011 02:16 PM
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.
11-01-2011 05:36 PM
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.
11-01-2011 06:46 PM - edited 11-01-2011 06:50 PM
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?).
11-04-2011 12:53 PM - edited 11-04-2011 12:55 PM
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
11-04-2011 01:38 PM - edited 11-04-2011 02:34 PM
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!
11-04-2011 04:24 PM
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.
11-06-2011 11:20 AM