Can I retrieve Windows 7 key from hdd that can't boot?

si1

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Hi everyone,

I am wondering if it is possible to retrieve my Product key for windows 7 from my HDD.

My power supply died on my PC so I took the rather drastic step of building a new machine. My first effort and pleased to say with help from this forum it is all working.

I have used the hard Drive from my old PC which has windows 7 on it. Obviously it will not boot.

Is it possible to find my activation key on the HDD, so I don´t have to purchase a new key for the fresh install.

I do not have any windows product details on the old PC or any disks.

I have read through the forums but can`t find the solution for my exact problem I have.

Many thanks in advance.

Confused Newbie






















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Phillip Corcoran

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Was Windows 7 pre-installed at the factory on your old PC?

If it was, you cannot use that Windows installation on a different PC. It's illegal to do so.

When your old PC died, that pre-installed copy of Windows died with it. That's in the licence agreement.
 

si1

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Thanks for your reply Philip. New operating system bought. Also discovered the old OS was only 32bit which is no good for my new build anyway.

Thanks for the help.
 

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