How to Retrieve Lost Software Keys

I’m assuming this has happened to all of us. You decide to upgrade to a new computer and you realize that you no longer have the discs or product information. You paid for the software and own the license. The last thing you want to do is buy new software. So what do you do?

There are two steps to this process:

First, you’ll have to find a place to download the CD image. If this is a Microsoft product, you can probably find this download at microsoft.com.

Next, you can use either magical jellybean or produkey.

Both programs are freeware utilities that access your computer’s registry to isolate the keys that you purchased.

Magical Jelly Bean has some other interesting utilities that might be useful in a pinch:

  1. PasswdFinder – PasswdFinder is a neat freeware utility that helps you find your lost passwords. Once installed, it will show you passwords saved by web-browsers, email clients, instant messengers, FTP clients and other programs.
  2. WiFi Password Revealer – is a small freeware utility a small freeware utility which will show you all your saved WiFi passwords. If you forgot or lost password to your wireless network – this tool is for you. It will work on Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 (both 32-bit and 64-bit).
  3. MacProduct Key Finder – Mac Product Key Finder is freeware program for recovering lost product keys (or making backup before it’s too late) for software installed on your Mac. This small tool will scan your Mac for installed applications and show your product keys (serial numbers). In two words it is doing same job as KeyFinder for Windows, but in Mac OS.

 

 

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