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Find vista product key in registry..

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  • Started 4 years ago by cobija
  • Latest reply from Santo
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cobija
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you guys might think im posting in wrong section, but i installed win 7 and backed up my entire registry. my friend needs a windows vista key, and i have one. i was wondering if theres a way of finding it using the registry OR i have the rescue disk from dell.

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Shkumbin
Shkumbin
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You upgraded your Vista to 7?

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whs
whs
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If it is an OEM product key, it will not work on another system. And if you upgraded from that system, your product key is "occupied".

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Shkumbin
Shkumbin
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Agree with whs... I was trying to get there.

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cobija
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when i said upgrade, i clean installed. does that make it still usable by others?

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Santo
Santo
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No, it is not possible to use the key by others. When you perform an upgrade the OEM key is cancelled and you are issued a new key by Microsoft and all these happen in the background without you knowing about it.

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