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How to find product key?

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    How to find product key?


    Purchased a new HP notebook yesterday and to my surprise there's no product key on the unit. Called HP and according to them, that's the new way of doin' biz..no longer placing product key on chassis.
    Anyone know how to find the product key?

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    Did you get Reinstall Disc's
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    Did not!!
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    Check to see if you have app. This one is for Windows 7.
    How to make HP Recovery DVD disks:

    Recover Windows Vista Operating System Using HP Recovery | HP® Support
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there
    try BELARC advisor -- Free for home users and should list Windows / Office etc installed product keys for you.

    Here

    http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html



    Cheers
    jimbo
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    You can not use the factory OEM-SLP activation method Product Key that Belarc, may/may not find to reinstall Windows.

    System Locked Pre-installation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    I have found Recovery keys very useful but it is a paid application (£16.95 or US$24.95), supports over 3500 products see

    Which software activation codes can Recover Keys retrieve? for support list

    see Recover Keys. Product key finder, recover lost Windows XP product key, find xp key for program

    Keith
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill818 View Post
    Purchased a new HP notebook yesterday and to my surprise there's no product key on the unit. Called HP and according to them, that's the new way of doin' biz..no longer placing product key on chassis.
    Anyone know how to find the product key?
    Even if you could find the product key (which you can), it wouldn't help you. The product key is a default key that's used in lots of installs. The computer is locked to your bios, and does not take a key to activate.
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Yep, also have new HP.

    The key is probably in BIOS slic but you also have the recovery partition that includes all software + OS.
    It's probably better like this. Maybe anti-copy/theft by over-typing someone's key... who knows. It's not that troublesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Yep, also have new HP.

    The key is probably in BIOS slic but you also have the recovery partition that includes all software + OS.
    It's probably better like this. Maybe anti-copy/theft by over-typing someone's key... who knows. It's not that troublesome.
    Is there a APP to make Recovery disks?
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