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How can I get the product keys for software on my PC?

How can I find the product keys for my Windows operating system and software installed, like Office, Adobe Creative Suite, and other software which requires an activation key?
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Finding the Windows 7 product key

I'm doing a hard drive upgrade and it might ask me for the product key again. How can I find it?
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How “unique” is a Windows Product Key?

I'm wondering if the Windows Product Key used for activating any Windows since XP is unique to this installation. How do OEM systems and corporate licenses fit into this scheme? Do they use the same ...
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Where can I find what license key was used in my installed copy of Visual Studio 2008?

I have legitimate copies of Visual Studio 2008 installed on several computers, each with different license keys. I cannot remember what key was used on each install. Where in the registry can I find ...
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Can I change my Windows 7 product key at a later date?

I am currently downloading Win 7 home premium from MSDN, which I intend to try out on a Vista PC that is in dire need of a clean install. However, I have also pre-ordered a copy of Win 7 home premium ...
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Windows XP SP3 (Legal) download?

I have my CD-key sticker with me but don't have the CD anymore. Is there anywhere I can download Windows XP SP3 installation disc from?
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On how many computers can you install the retail version of Windows 8?

I bought the Windows 8 Pro retail install disc (not the upgrade). I seem to recall somewhere hearing that you can install it onto multiple computers without having to purchase a new license key. How ...
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How do I change the license key for an installed copy of Visual Studio 2010?

We have a number of Amazon EC2 instances with Visual Studio 2010 installed on them. The license we are using has a fixed number of seats, all of which are being utilized at the moment. I've created ...
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Why don't Microsoft show the Windows Product Key in System Information?

I have a MSDN Premium License and forgot which key (you get to claim 10 keys) I used to activate one of my Windows 7 installs. I've always wondered why Microsoft don't show the current Windows ...
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Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit to 64 bit [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When reinstalling Windows 7 or Vista, does the language, version, architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) or source (OEM, retail, or MSDN) matter? I have a Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit ...
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Windows XP Product Key for SP3 installation

I have an somewhat older Notebook with an original Windows XP Professional License Sticker underneath. This Notebook was erased completely once and now I want to install a new Windows XP Professional ...
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Reinstalling Windows 8 from Dreamspark

I downloaded Windows 8 from Dreamspark and got a cd key. I was wondering, does that mean than I can install my Windows just once time with that key, or I can regularly reformat my drive and install ...
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Installing Windows Vista without system restore CD with OEM key (ie: from underside of my laptop)

I have a family friend who needs to reformat her laptop (virus infected). She has misplaced her system restore disk. The laptop is running Vista, and has a valid Vista product key on a sticked on the ...
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Can I use multiple product keys with the same Win 7 DVD?

Instead of sending my friend 3 Win 7 DVDs, is it enough just to send 1 DVD and then email 3 product keys? Also, would a Win 7 Professional product key work if the DVD was for Home Premium?
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Is there a way to establish what version a Windows 7 product key is?

I have a Windows 7 product key that I foolishly did not label. Rather than downloading and creating disks for however many different ISOs exist (Basic, Pro, Ultimate, 32-bit/64-bit, upgrade, full ...

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