Lost Windows 7 Ultimate key

I was trying to find my windows 7 product key, but turns out I lost it. Is there a way to get it back, and are these tools/methods safe to use on my system?
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Microsoft recommends you purchase a new product key if you lost it.

If Windows 7 is still installed, you could try retrieving the product key.

Here are four utilities, all of which will may display your product keys if they are still there:
Belarc Advisor: http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html
(It does a good job of providing a wealth of information.)

Also: http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml
and: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html
and RockXP: http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4138.html which has additional features

Windows 7 came preinstalled on my computer, how do I find the product key?

The product key is usually located on the COA sticker attached to the bottom of your laptop or in the battery compartment. In some rare cases it can also be found in the memory compartment. For tower systems, look at the top or the side of the system unit. It looks like the following:

If the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) sticker is damaged or letters or not legible, you will have to consider the following options:

  • Use a digital camera to capture a picture of the COA then enlarge it on your computer.
  • If the COA sticker is damaged, then you would need to use the recovery partition to reinstall Windows 7, this will exempt the need to use the product key to activate your Windows 7 installation.
  • If your recovery partition is not available or damaged, you should contact the manufacturer of your computer and request a recovery disc set you can use to reinstall Windows 7. They might charge a small shipping and handling fee. This will exempt the need to use the product key also.
  • If none of the above options work or is not available, then its best you purchase a new Windows

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Andre
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Belarc Advisor: http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html
(It does a good job of providing a wealth of information.)
Will display your Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 product key.
However may not detect an Office key, so try one of the other two listed below for Office Keys.)


Also: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html
and: http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml
(Jellybean has the ability to retrieve product keys from unbootable Windows installations)
Faqs: https://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder-faq/


Paid (Free demo available): Recover Keys: http://recover-keys.com/
"quickly analyzes your system for over 3000+ software programs
and produces a list of software activation keys"


=========== Where is my product key sticker =========================


Check the side of your PC case or bottom of the laptop for the key code.
(or inside the laptop battery case, you may need to remove the battery)
If there is a sticker with the code it will most likely not
match what is displayed by the utilities mentioned above as OEMs such as
Dell use an internal key code when they build your PC.


The key code on the sticker is for use with your Windows CD
(that hopefully came with your PC) if you ever need to reinstall Windows.

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