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  1. Joined : Feb 2016
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    Windows 10
       25 Feb 2016 #1

    How to find Microsoft Windows Product Key On External Hard Drive


    Windows 10 crashed while updating OS because the power went out. The drive will no longer boot up.

    I have connected the problem hard drive to another PC's USB port so I can see my files. I am now able to view all of the files.

    I will be formatting the problem hard drive, installing Windows 7, then upgrading back to Windows 10. I have my Windows 7 CD but have misplaced the Product Key Code. I would also like to find the Product Key Code for Windows 7, now upgraded to Windows 10 that's NOT Working.
    Last edited by JohnRoss1969; 29 Feb 2016 at 10:24.
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  2. Joined : Nov 2015
    Posts : 4,766
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       25 Feb 2016 #2

    Use one of many keyfinders which you can download from the web.

    Examples:
    Showkey Plus
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/...wKeyPlus.shtml

    Produkey
    http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

    Belarc
    http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html
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  3. Joined : Dec 2015
    Posts : 2,449
    Windows10
       25 Feb 2016 #3

    Produkey will do this - you have to use

    File - Select Source, click "Load the product keys from an external source" and navigate to windows directory
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  4. Joined : Feb 2016
    Posts : 18
    Windows 10
       29 Feb 2016 #4

    Looking for file that containes Produce Key on external hard drive.


    cereberus said: View Post
    Produkey will do this - you have to use

    File - Select Source, click "Load the product keys from an external source" and navigate to windows directory
    Cereberus, Thank you for responding.

    I downloaded Produkey but it did not find what I was looking for. Do you know in what file within Windows the Product Key resides?
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  5. Joined : Dec 2015
    Posts : 2,449
    Windows10
       29 Feb 2016 #5

    JohnRoss1969 said: View Post
    Cereberus, Thank you for responding.

    I downloaded Produkey but it did not find what I was looking for. Do you know in what file within Windows the Product Key resides?
    I just point it to the C:\windows directory.
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  6. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 216
    Windows 10 Home
       29 Feb 2016 #6

    You need to point to the C:\Windows\System32\config directory. Because your using a USB device to connect your hard drive it will not be the "C" drive. Point to what ever drive letter the problem hard drive is.
    Last edited by TrustMe; 29 Feb 2016 at 14:49.
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  7. Joined : Dec 2015
    Posts : 2,449
    Windows10
       01 Mar 2016 #7

    TrustMe said: View Post
    You need to point to the C:\Windows\System32\config directory. Because your using a USB device to connect your hard drive it will not be the "C" drive. Point to what ever drive letter the problem hard drive is.

    That depends - a lot of prewindows up t to the X drive, leaving C mapping in place.
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  8. Joined : Feb 2016
    Posts : 18
    Windows 10
       01 Mar 2016 #8

    Cereberus, Thanks again for respondoing. I checked the Windows 32 Config folder & I'm getting a message that says I do not have permission to access the file. I can only assume it's because on the problem hard drive I was listed as the administrator? It is not recognising me as a administrator because I am not logged on through Windows on the problem drive?

    I also checked under Windows Old as I am trying to obtain Windows 7 key code that I have a CD for & not the current OS Windows 10 upgrade.
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  9. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 216
    Windows 10 Home
       01 Mar 2016 #9

    I think cereberus was correct, just point to Windows. I did this so long ago I'm trying to remember. A friend gave me a computer to retrieve his product key and it would not boot.

    I used a live Linux USB to boot his computer and made a copy of his config folder. Now what you have to do is make a new folder and name it Windows, inside the Windows folder make another new folder and name it System32. Inside the System32 folder place the copied config folder.

    Then I moved the Windows folder to a working computer and installed ProduKey. I pointer ProduKey to the Windows folder and it worked. I think I even left the Windows folder on the USB flash drive.

    I did not get the message about not having permission accessing the file.

    That is the best I can remember. Good luck.
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  10. Joined : Feb 2016
    Posts : 18
    Windows 10
       02 Mar 2016 #10

    TrustMe said: View Post
    I think cereberus was correct, just point to Windows. I did this so long ago I'm trying to remember. A friend gave me a computer to retrieve his product key and it would not boot.

    I used a live Linux USB to boot his computer and made a copy of his config folder. Now what you have to do is make a new folder and name it Windows, inside the Windows folder make another new folder and name it System32. Inside the System32 folder place the copied config folder.

    Then I moved the Windows folder to a working computer and installed ProduKey. I pointer ProduKey to the Windows folder and it worked. I think I even left the Windows folder on the USB flash drive.

    I did not get the message about not having permission accessing the file.

    That is the best I can remember. Good luck.
    I Copied System32 config folder to thumb drive. Received the following, Error: 1314 A required privilege is not held by the client.
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