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Finding W7 Activation Number without being able to Boot from the Drive.

I have several old Hard Drives from PC's I can no longer Boot from.

Is there a way to find and record the Activation Number without being able to Boot from their C: Drives?

Can I use a Hard Drive Dock of some sort and scan the Drive for the Activation Number with software?

I use the term Activation Number because I do not know what else to call it.

It's the Number you enter to Activate Windows / make Windows valid.

ANY ideas would be greatly appreciated!

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows-7 64-Bit Pro
    Computer type
    System Manufacturer/Model
    MSE + MalwareBytes

Vineet Garg

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Recovery Tools --Bootable Rescue Disk may come handy.
It has two utilities for the purpose i.e. ProduKey & ShowKeyPlus


UPDATED : DEALING WITH OLD DRIVES! You can purchase External USB Disk Enclosure(s). Then You can place those drives in the enclosure and connect to a USB port of a working computer. And from there, You can straight away use those utilities without any boot media or rescue disk.

For eg. that one! ( depends on the disk, Laptop / Desktop disks, etc. )

( Boot Media can help when a drive in a laptop or desktop, can't be boot into. )

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 single language x64
    Computer type
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion g6-2231tx Notebook PC
    Intel Core i3 3110M @ 2.40GHz Ivy Bridge 22nm Technology
    Hewlett-Packard 183E (U3E1) [183E 56.32] ; System BIOS: F.25
    2GB SODIMM Micron Technology 1600MHz (x2) [4.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 798MHz (11-11-11-28)]
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon (TM) HD 7670M ; Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) Display Audio ; IDT High Definition Audio CODEC
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor on Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768 ; refresh rate : 60
    Hard Drives
    465GB Seagate ST500LM012 HN-M500MBB (SATA)
    Standard PS/2 Keyboard
    Synaptics PS/2 Port TouchPad
    Internet Speed
    20 mbps
    GOOGLE CHROME (Always Updated !)
    Kaspersky Antivirus 2016 (PAID)

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