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  • Question

  • I'm trying to locate my Windows VISTA Product key. The label on the bottom of my laptop is worn. Is it located in my system properties and looks like this?
    5 numbers- 3 letters-7 numbers-5 numbers.
    Wednesday, July 15, 2009 2:51 PM

Answers

  • Hello Bryan1956,

      I only deal with Activation or Validation issues, so I have no idea if/how to recover a worn COA sticker/Product Key, but possibly the below Support Docs may be of some assists you.


    To Replace Product Key:

    See KB811224 "How to identify, locate, and replace a product key"  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/811224 
    or
    See KB824433 "Lost or misplaced product key (certificate of authenticity) for Windows" http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824433
    (this doc is specific to Windows 95, 98, Millennium and Windows 2000, but may also work for XP and Vista).

    Sorry I couldn't be more help,
    Darin MS

    Wednesday, July 15, 2009 4:48 PM

All replies

  • Hello Bryan1956,

      I only deal with Activation or Validation issues, so I have no idea if/how to recover a worn COA sticker/Product Key, but possibly the below Support Docs may be of some assists you.


    To Replace Product Key:

    See KB811224 "How to identify, locate, and replace a product key"  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/811224 
    or
    See KB824433 "Lost or misplaced product key (certificate of authenticity) for Windows" http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824433
    (this doc is specific to Windows 95, 98, Millennium and Windows 2000, but may also work for XP and Vista).

    Sorry I couldn't be more help,
    Darin MS

    Wednesday, July 15, 2009 4:48 PM
  • Hi
    There is nothing there to help. Is the Windows VISTA key different than the XP key. The XP Key is al the same number of letters/numbers before each - the number I found in my properties is 5 numbers-OEM-7 numbers-5 numbers. If this is the way VISTA key is then I found it in the properties screen under product ID. Is this the same as the Product KEY???


    Bryan D. Waters
    Wednesday, July 15, 2009 4:58 PM