How do I recover my Windows XP key

Discussion in 'Backup and Security' started by jjf, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. jjf


    What is the best method (software) to recover a Windows XP (sp3) key.

    The notebook came pre loaded and I dont have a CD

  2. bespoke


    did you check the bottom of you notebook? it's usually printed down there on a sticker
  3. Doubt having the key will do you any good. It likely won't work with an retail copy, and probably not necessary if reinstalled with your OEM copy.

    If you need to reinstall and don't have recovery disks, suggest checking with the maker for a set of the disks.
  4. ngkh


  5. If it is from a major vendor it is an OEM SLP key that does you no good.

    Does the notebook have a recovery partition? If yes, have you backed up the recovery partition to CDs/DVDs?
  6. mtt


    Try the Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder.
  7. Push ÿ-PauseBreak ?
  8. sorry. that should be [windows key]+Pausebreak.