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Getting Microsoft Product Keys back from the registry (via StackOverflow and various other sources)

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/04/02

Every once in a while, someone hoses their computer far enough that it has to be reinstalled, but the original Microsoft product keys are misplaced, and some creepy anti-virus tool disallows the running of standard product key recovery tools like nirsoft’s.

Well, there is enough sourcecode that does recover it, just look for any of these strings:

Some hits:

The below full executables can trigger a virus warning (ordered from less often to most often):



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