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August 2, 2007 9:40 PM   Subscribe

Anyone know of a tool to automatically extract 'Product Keys' from Microsoft Products installed on your machine ?

Sometime ago we bought a 'Developer' copy of SQL Server. It turns out that in agreeing to buy this we gave Microsoft the right to audit every machine in the company (or at least that's what they're saying and frankly it's easier to assume they're correct than otherwise).

Part of what they want to know is Product Keys for some categories of software.

It would be nice to have a tool which extracts product keys automatically - is there such a thing ?

.. and for anyone else offered a 'Developer' copy think about whether the discount involved is worth the time required for this sort of nonsense - if I'd understood what was buried in the EULA my answer would have been an unequivocal no !
posted by southof40 to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
posted by holgate at 9:48 PM on August 2, 2007

Lifehacker has an article on Produkey.

"ProduKey also supports SQL Server and displays the product ID for each installation."
posted by B(oYo)BIES at 9:49 PM on August 2, 2007

Belarc Advisor lists the keys out as part of its report, too. It's pretty handy.
posted by yggdrasil at 9:53 PM on August 2, 2007

System Information Tool at
posted by ijoyner at 5:51 AM on August 3, 2007

second recommendation for Belarc Advisor.
posted by Artful Codger at 10:11 AM on August 3, 2007

SIW exported my Office keys. Bonus: it also exports your saved IE and Firefox passwords as a plain text file.
posted by exhilaration at 1:37 PM on August 5, 2007

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