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What is the least intrusive method to find Windows 7 product key?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I have 2 installations of Windows 7 using 2 copies of Windows 7 upgrade. I need to reinstall one of them with SSD but I am not sure which one is used on which. I have the product key labels on both of my install disks' package. Is there a way to tell which product key is used on which PC without installing any software?
post #2 of 13
http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/
post #3 of 13
BeLarc Advisor will also do the trick. I will also give you a nice listing of installed software and patches.

http://www.belarc.com/
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
Thanks. But as mentioned earlier, I need a way to find out the product key without installing software. Any takers?
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by pixelation View Post

I need a way to find out the product key without installing software.

Why?
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
Because I don't trust keyfinders.
post #7 of 13
Well, erickotz already gave you your answer.
post #8 of 13
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Because I don't trust keyfinders.

You could just try one. If it doesn't activate, try the other.
But I've used Magic Jelly Bean before and it seemed to work fine.
post #9 of 13
Why not just do install an image of your current HDD to your SSD?
post #10 of 13
I've used belarc for a decade or so... I'd check them out... I would be a little more mistrusting of the "magicjellybean" one ... not to say its bad but from your response of mistrusting keyfinders, you seem to have had issues in the past with game key finders that are full of malware. Finding the windows/office keys are generally not the same thing.
post #11 of 13
if you dont trust it, finish up backing everything you need and settings etc, then disconnect internet, install, run and get the key info you want. rebuild after formatting. simple!

even it wanted to, it couldnt transmit any data back.
post #12 of 13
I've used the magical jelly bean one, and it was without issue, but it's probably been ~5 years, so I can't speak to the current version.
post #13 of 13
Nirsoft ProduKey is good. it pulls the OS key and any other keys, like Office that are on your machine. if you've got time to run an uninstalled key extractor, you've got time to run this and then uninstall it.

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html
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