How to Find Windows 7 Product Key
By Stephen Bucaro
There are several reasons why you may need your Windows 7 product key. For example
when you purchase a new PC you may not have received a system disc. There are
ISOs of the various Windows 7 versions freely available online, for example from
Microsoft and Amazon.com, which you can use to make your own installation disc,
but you need your Windows 7 product key.
Prior to XP the Windows product key was stored in the Windows Registry in the key
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ ProductId. However
with Windows XP and later versions the product key is encrypted in the Registry.
You'll need a product key finder utility to read it.
WinKeyFinder is a free, small, easy to use Windows 7 product key finder that
requires no installation. Download the utilitie's zip file from
or another reputable source.
If directed to download a download manager, do not download it. You don't need
a download manager to download a 91.4KB file, and most file servers have this function
built-in. Download managers can be used to install spayware on your computer.
The latest WinKeyFinder archive as of this writing is named: WinKeyFinder175.zip.
How to use WinKeyFinder
1. Create a folder on your desktop i.e. named WinKeyFinder.
2. Right-click on the .zip file name, and in the menu that appears, select Extract All...
3. Inn the Select Destination and and Extract File dialog box that appears,
click on [Browse...] button and navigate to your folder.
4. The path to your foldershould appear in the Files will be extracted to this folder:
text box. Click on [Extract] button.
5. Double-click on the .exe file and in the Security Warning message box that
appears, click on the [Run] button.
6. In WinKeyFinder click on [Copy],[Save],or [Print] as desired.
7. Close WinKeyFinder by clicking on the [Exit] button.
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