NirajRaithatha
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Can my Windows 7 product key be identified using my product ID?

Windows 7 (professional) Product ID to product KEY

I have my product ID and reinstalled windows 7 professional thinking that is all i needed.  I can not find the original packaging. can someone help me identify my product KEY using my product ID?
Andre Da Costa
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Your product ID cannot generate your product key. If you lost the packaging with your product key, you will need to get a replacement key.

How to obtain a replacement product key

If the software came preinstalled on your computer, please contact the manufacturer of your computer to obtain a replacement product key.

To replace a Microsoft product ke for a product you purchased separately from your computer, you must contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support. To locate the appropriate telephone number, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

Contact Microsoft (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=fh;EN-US;CNTACTMS)

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Noel D Paton
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NO-ONE keeps a record of your product Key except YOU.

Your Product ID is not unique - it probably applies to many thousand other machines.

 

If you got your Win 7 preinstalled in your machine, the Key is on the COA sticker on teh machine's case. If you bought it as a Retail Pack, it's on a yellow sticker inside the pretty case the disks came in

If you got it as part of an OEM System Builder pack (which actually breaks the SB licensing rules), then you should have attached the sticker to the case.

Assuming you can dind everything (including receipts) except the Key, you *may* be able to persuade MS to part with another one. see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326246

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No, I don't work for Microsoft!
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Andre Da Costa
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Your product ID cannot generate your product key. If you lost the packaging with your product key, you will need to get a replacement key.

How to obtain a replacement product key

If the software came preinstalled on your computer, please contact the manufacturer of your computer to obtain a replacement product key.

To replace a Microsoft product ke for a product you purchased separately from your computer, you must contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support. To locate the appropriate telephone number, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

Contact Microsoft (http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=fh;EN-US;CNTACTMS)

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Noel D Paton
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Noel D Paton replied on

NO-ONE keeps a record of your product Key except YOU.

Your Product ID is not unique - it probably applies to many thousand other machines.

 

If you got your Win 7 preinstalled in your machine, the Key is on the COA sticker on teh machine's case. If you bought it as a Retail Pack, it's on a yellow sticker inside the pretty case the disks came in

If you got it as part of an OEM System Builder pack (which actually breaks the SB licensing rules), then you should have attached the sticker to the case.

Assuming you can dind everything (including receipts) except the Key, you *may* be able to persuade MS to part with another one. see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326246

Nil Carborundum Illegitemi -
No, I don't work for Microsoft!
http://www.crashfixpc.co.uk
NirajRaithatha
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Hey Andre, I tried the link but the information on finding phone numbers through my system doesnt work.  Nor can I apparently contact via e-mail or chat. 

http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/cu_sc_prodact_master

Thanks for the link but after half an hr i am still lost on their confusingly intergrated full of links website. 

Could you please provide a specific link to where I need to be?

I live in London If this helps narrow down things.
NirajRaithatha
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Forgot to mention...

Do you think its worth now downgrading my old laptop (the one that has professional installed and yesterday reinstalled) to home premium which CAME with my new laptop that im using.

Then, when I get a response from Windows, UPGRADE my new laptop to the professional edition I purchased AGES ago for my old laptop?

old (professional) > home premium
new (home premium) > professional?

Im just unsure of what will happen if I dont activate it?..
Rob.C
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Hello Niraj,

The contact information for Microsoft is located in the article that Noel posted above:


However, Andre De Costa and Noel D Paton are correct that your product ID cannot recover your product key.

If you continue to run Windows 7 without activation, it will work for 30 days and then will not fully boot or allow you to use the operating system:


If the version of Windows you are trying to perform an upgrade to has not been activated then Windows will not proceed with the upgrade.