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How to Uninstall and Deactivate Your Windows Product Key

May 3rd, 2015 by Admin

Need to transfer your Windows license from one computer to another? Before you sell or recycle an old computer, you might want to take your Windows product key and use it on a different PC. In this article we’ll show you how to uninstall / deactivate your Windows product key, and then install it on a new computer.

Part 1: Uninstall Windows Product Key

Make sure you backup your Windows product key before deactivating. If you’ve lost your key, you can recover it with the KeyFinder Plus program. Here’s how to deactivate Windows license:

Open an elevated Command Prompt and enter the following command:
slmgr /dlv

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Windows will open a message box with Software licensing information, write down the activation ID.

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To uninstall your product key you need to use the /upk switch, along with your activation ID:
slmrg /upk {Activation ID}

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If everything goes well you’ll get a pop up window saying that your product key has been uninstalled.

Part 2: Install Windows Product Key

Installing your product key on your new PC is just as easy, all you need to do is fire up an administrative Command Prompt and use the /ipk switch.
slmrg /ipk {Windows product key}

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NOTE: You need to type in the product key. Not the activation ID you got from the uninstall step.

If your key is valid you will be told that your key was installed.

How to Find VMware License / Product Key

June 12th, 2014 by Admin

Where is my VMware Workstation license key stored? How to recover or find a lost VMware product key? Before you can install VMware Workstation you’ll need to find the license key that came with the software. If you’ve lost your license key, there is a way to find it as long as VMware Workstation is still installed.

With KeyFinder Plus you can find lost license key (product key) for all versions of VMware Workstation, including VMware Workstation 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Here is how can you recover VMware product key in just a few simple steps.

How to Find VMware License / Product Key?

  1. Download the KeyFinder Plus application on your local computer, and then install it.
  2. Start the KeyFinder Plus program. Click on Start Recovery button and then select From current system from the pop-up menu.
  3. It will automatically search your computer’s registry for your VMware Workstation license key and for product keys and serial numbers for your other software programs.

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  4. Once the product keys are recovered, click on Save To File button and you’ll get a save file dialog box, which allows you to export the product keys to a text file.

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Important: You may have come across VMware Workstation keygen programs or other kinds of VMware Workstation cracks but keep in mind that these are not legal ways of obtaining license keys or product keys. It’s legal to use the KeyFinder Plus program to extract the license key from a registered copy of your installed VMware Workstation.

KeyFinder Plus: Recover License Keys of Installed Software

October 22nd, 2013 by Admin

Lost your license key and can’t find it on a CD case, a manual or an old email somewhere? For those situations when you have to reinstall software on your computer and you don’t have the license keys or serial numbers, KeyFinder Plus is your savior. This small application will find the license, serial and product keys for all the software you had installed on your system prior to reinstalling it.

Simply run the KeyFinder Plus program on your computer, it automatically detects and decrypts the license / serial keys of all the popular softwares from your system, including Windows 8/7/Vista/XP, Office 2013/2010/2007/2003, Adobe CS2 – CS6, SQL Server 2012/2008/2005/2000.

One more thing which makes this small utility more useful is that you can retrieve the license keys from external Windows installations or any external Windows directory as well. Along with Windows you can also locate license keys from external software registry hive as well as remote computers.

Overall KeyFinder Plus is a nice tool that helps you to recover lost license key from any running system. After recovering your lost license keys, print them out or save them to disc and you’ll always have your keys to hand, should disaster strike – much more convenient.

How to Find Your Lost Adobe Acrobat Serial Number

October 16th, 2013 by Admin

Need to transfer Adobe Acrobat to a new computer but lost your serial number? How do you find Adobe Acrobat Pro serial number before formatting your hard drive? If you somehow lost your serial number, there may be a way to find it as long as Adobe Acrobat is still installed.

Product Key Finder is a utility for retrieving lost serial numbers from Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Adobe Acrobat X, Adobe Acrobat XI. In just a few simple steps, you can find the serial number for your copy of Adobe Acrobat on your computer.

How to Find Your Lost Adobe Acrobat Serial Number?

  1. Download and install the Product Key Finder program on your computer.
  2. Start the program, and then click the Start Recovery button, it will bring up a drop-down menu that provides three recovery mode: From current system, From non-booting system and From remote computer.Recover Product Key from Local Computer
  3. Select the From current system mode from the drop-down menu. This program will scan both your Windows registry and Adobe folders on your computer, quickly locate Adobe Acrobat serial numbers, along with product keys of Windows, Office and other applications.
  4. Now click the Save To File button. It allows you to save your Adobe Acrobat serial numbers into a text file for safe keeping.

Obtaining the serial number from an installed Adobe Acrobat is legal. But if you’ve formatting your hard drive or done a fresh Windows installation, you’ll lose your serial number forever. In that situation, you need to purchase a new copy of Adobe Acrobat.

How to Find Windows 8.1 Product Key in 3 Steps

September 28th, 2013 by Admin

How to recover and find Windows 8.1 product key? Here is a simple way through which you can find out the product key of your Windows 8.1 installation. We will use a special software called Product Key Finder for this purpose.

Product Key Finder lets you show the product keys of software installed on your computer. This is not limited to Windows 8.1 product key. You can get keys from many other software installations, such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat, etc. Follow the steps below to recover your Windows 8.1 product key.

How to Find Windows 8.1 Product Key in 3 Steps?

  1. Download the setup package of Product Key Finder on your computer. After you’ve downloaded it, double-click the setup file to install it.
  2. Start the Product Key Finder program. Click on “Start Recovery” button and choose the “From current system” option.
  3. The program will scan your computer and find the product keys of supported programs, including various versions of Windows and Microsoft Office. Make sure you write down the product keys and put them in a safe place for future reference.

That’s it! Product Key Finder can be really useful for you to backup the product key before beginning to upgrade, downgrade or reinstall the existing version of your Windows operating system.

How to Recover Lost Windows Vista Product Key

June 19th, 2013 by Admin

Two years ago I bought an Asus laptop with Windows Vista pre-installed. I now want to reinstall Windows and fully format the hard drive – however, the sticker with the Windows product key under the laptop is unreadable. How can I retrieve the product key? It seems stupid that it was only placed on the sticker that is destroyed after some time if you frequently hold the laptop on your lap.

If by any chance, you’ve lost your Windows Vista product key, no need to worry! Product Key Finder can recover it for you. It’s a great software that retrieves your Windows Vista product key from registry, giving you access to print or save it for future. It recovers keys for Windows 8/7/Vista/XP, Windows Server 2012/2008/2003/2000, Office 2013/2007/2003/XP, etc. It can also recover lost keys for many other applications as well.

How to Recover Lost Windows Vista Product Key?

  1. Download and install Product Key Finder on your Windows Vista computer.
  2. Installation is pretty simple. Just follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup and run the program.
  3. Click on “Start Recovery” button, it will bring up a list of recovery options: From current system, From non-booting system and From remote computer.
  4. Select the “From current system” option, the program will instantly decrypt and recover Windows Vista product key, and find license keys for other commercial software installed on your local computer.

After recovering your lost Windows Vista product key, you can save it in a plain text file for easy reference at some later date. Remember to create a backup of your product keys on a regular basis in case of system crash or re-installation of Windows.

How to Find Microsoft Office 2013 Product Key Easily

June 7th, 2013 by Admin

I have Office Professional 2013 installed on my laptop, and I wish to install it onto another computer, but I have lost the product key and don’t have the product key written down anywhere. Where can I find my Microsoft Office 2013 product key? Thanks for your help!

There are lots of chances that you lost Office 2013 product key or the product key sticker on the back of the CD/DVD case is damaged and unreadable. How can you find out lost Office 2013 product key when you have to do a system restore but to reinstall Office? Do no worry a bit, there is a product key recovery tool known as Product Key Finder, which can help you find product keys (CD key) for Microsoft Office 2013/2010/2007/2003 and Windows 8/7/Vista/XP. It is a very simple to use application, just a few mouse clicks and it will show you product key for Windows, Office and other software installed on your local system.

How to Find Microsoft Office 2013 Product Key Easily?

  1. Download Product Key Finder and save it on your computer. Double-click on the setup file and simply follow the setup wizard to complete the installation.
  2. Launch Product Key Finder and then click on “Start Recovery” button.
  3. It will provide you 3 options to recover lost product keys. The first option enables you to find lost Microsoft Office and Windows product keys from current system, while the other two options allow you to locate product keys from external software registry hive as well as remote computers.
  4. Choose the first option “From current system”, the program will quickly find your Microsoft Office 2013 product key, along with Windows product key and CD keys for many other software installed on your computer.

Overall Product Key Finder is a nice tool that helps you to find lost Office 2013 product key easily. Worrying about lost product key is a thing of the past, you now have Product Key Finder to your assistance.

Find Your Lost Windows CD Key the Easy Way

June 5th, 2013 by Admin

Lost or misplaced your Windows CD key? How can I find the CD key in Windows registry? Typically, the Windows CD key is located on an orange or yellow sticker on the back of your CD/DVD case. If the operating system that you are using was preinstalled by your computer manufacturer, you may find the Windows product key sticker on the computer. If you’ve lose your CD/DVD case or the sticker is damaged or missing, it seems that you have to purchase another expensive Windows CD key from Microsoft. But this is not the solution you’ll get here.

Using Product Key Finder program you can find lost Windows CD key easily from your genuine copy of Windows 8/7/Vista/XP installations. Product Key Finder searches the registry and decrypts the CD keys for all supported software which are installed on your computer, including Windows CD key and product keys for Office, VMware, SQL Server.

How to Find Your Lost Windows CD Key Easily?

  1. Download Product Key Finder and save it on your computer. Double-click on the setup file and simply follow the setup wizard to complete the installation.
  2. Launch Product Key Finder and then click on “Start Recovery” button.
  3. It will provide you 3 options to recover lost Windows CD keys. The first option enables you to find lost Windows CD key from current system, while the other two options allow you to locate Windows CD key from external hard drive or remote computer.
  4. Choose the first option “From current system”, the program will quickly find out the CD key for your current Windows installation, along with product keys for many other software.

When reinstalling an operating system you have to search around for all the CD keys for your software. A neat way to get it all in once place is with the Product Key Finder. After finding your lost Windows CD key, make sure you store the CD key together with the Windows installation disc in a safe location in case you have to reinstall Windows in future.

How to Recover Lost Office 2013 Product Key (CD Key)

May 29th, 2013 by Admin

Have you lost or misplaced your product key for your Office 2013 installation? Well, the product key is usually on a sticker attached to your CD case or the computer that came with Office 2013 installed. If you downloaded Microsoft Office 2013, your product key was probably included in an email from Microsoft.

If you are still unable to find your Office product key, there is an easy way that can help you recover lost Office 2013 product key (CD key) from your current Office installation. Just get an Office product key finder and you can find Office 2013 product key in just a few steps!

How to Recover Lost Office 2013 Product Key (CD Key)?

Product Key Finder is one of the best Office key finder programs which can help you retrieve lost Office CD key from your current Office installation. Easily get back your lost product key and save your time and money!

  1. Download and install Product Key Finder program on your computer.
  2. Launch Product Key Finder program and then click on “Start Recovery” button.
  3. Choose the “From current system” option to let the program to search the product keys in the Windows registry on your local computer.
  4. After a while, the program will display your Office 2013 product key, Windows CD key and other serial keys for many supported software installed on your computer.

After recovering your Office 2013 product key, write your product key down exactly as the key finder program shows it to you for use when reinstalling Microsoft Office 2013. If you need to reinstall Microsoft Office 2013 but you’ve tried everything and still can’t find your Office 2013 product key, you may have to purchase the software all over again.

2 Options to Recover Windows Product Key from Dead or Unbootable PC

May 27th, 2013 by Admin

How to recover Windows product key in the event your computer won’t boot? In one of my previous post I wrote how to recover Windows product key, but it requires that you are able to boot normally into Windows. What to do if your computer has already crashed? In this article we’ll show you two options to help you recover Windows product key from a dead or unbootable computer.

Option 1: Connect your Dead or Unbootable Drive to Another Working PC

Simply take the hard drive out of your dead or unbootable computer, then attach it to another working computer as a slave (or secondary) drive. Using Product Key Finder program you can easily recover lost Windows and software product keys from the Windows registry file on your dead or unbootable hard drive. Follow these steps:

  1. Download and install Product Key Finder on your working computer.
  2. Launch Product Key Finder and then click on “Start Recovery” button.

  3. Choose the “From non-booting system” option from the drop-down menu, a new dialog box will appear.
  4. Click the “…” button to specify the SOFTWARE registry file of your dead or unbootable hard drive, which is present in the Windows\System32\Config folder. Click OK.

  5. The program will now show you all the product keys that it is able to find from your broken computer which makes it very handy when needing to re-install.

Option 2: Using a Windows Key Finder Boot Disc

Windows Key Finder is the ultimate rescue & recovery bootdisk which can not only be used to reset forgotten Windows admin/user password, but also recover lost Windows product key from crashed or dead computer. Here we’ll explain how to create a Windows Key Finder boot CD and then use it to recover Windows product key from any computer.

  1. Download Windows Key Finder and save it on another working computer with internet access. Unzip the download file and you’ll get the WindowsKeyFinder.iso file.
  2. Burn this ISO image file to a blank CD (or USB flash drive) using any CD recording software such as ISO2Disc, BurnCDCC, etc. Please note that just copy the ISO file or its content to a CD and it won’t work.
  3. After a Windows Key Finder boot CD is created successfully, you can put it into the CD tray of any computer that you want to recover Windows product key from, including a dead or unbootable PC.
  4. Turn on the computer and set it to boot from the Windows Key Finder boot CD. To achieve this you may need to change the boot order in BIOS and set CD/DVD as the first boot device.
  5. After booting from the CD, the computer will load the WinPE operating system into memory and launch the Windows Key Finder program. From the main interface of Windows Key Finder, click on “Product Key Finder” button.

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  6. In the next screen, you’ll see a list of product keys which are recovered from your Windows installation. If there are two or more Windows installations on your computer, you can select one from the list and the program will then recover Windows product key for that version of Windows.

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  7. After recovering your Windows product key, you can click on “Save To File” button to backup the keys into a text file for safe keeping.

Conclusion

There are many other ways to recover lost Windows product keys from a dead or unbootable computer, but these two method above should be the best and the easiest ones. The key finder programs mentioned above support the product key recovery for Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, Microsoft Office and many other software.