Retrieve A Lost CD Key Code For Windows Operating System

BY STANLEY ZAROWIN

Q. I lost my CD key code to Windows XP and I have to reload the operating system, which I can’t do without the code. Is there some way I can retrieve the code without doing anything illegal? I certainly don’t want to buy a new one.

A. You’re lucky. There is a freeware (no charge) tool that will retrieve the CD key code for Windows operating systems. And while I don’t want to deliver a sermon, I do hope this loss is a wake-up call for you: Always store CD key codes in a safe place; the loss of a code could mean the loss of the application if you need to reload it. I learned the lesson the hard way. When I asked a software publisher to supply a replacement key code, he correctly demanded to see proof that I had bought it. Fortunately I had it.

The freeware program is called Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder. It downloads quickly and the instructions are clear. Get it at www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml .

 

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