Recovering Office 2010 product key from dead Windows 7 system
December 19, 2012 1:49 AM Subscribe
How might I recover an Office 2010 product key from a Windows install now located on an external hard drive?
posted by dumbland to computers & internet (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The hard drive in my sister's laptop went mostly kapoot (would not boot into Windows, nor safe mode, nor would it allow a recovery/re-install of Windows on to it).
A new hard drive is now in the laptop and Windows 7 is re-installed and all is fine again, except for the lack of Office 2010. Dell never bothered to send along the product key for Office. Cool.
The old hard drive is plugged into a dock and we can retrieve some files from it.
Googling around I see there are tools like Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder which will scan a registry and extract the product key. I'm not sure how to achieve this with the registry contained on a separate hard drive however, in an instance of Windows that I can not boot into.