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#1 Heero

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Posted 10 May 2006 - 09:06 AM

Hey guys,

Newbie question here. I was using this Belarc Advisor program to locate software information on my computer and I noticed it also prints out my Software License Keys for windows XP. I don't recall ever entering my software license key when installing windows XP, only my product key.

So my question is:

How does the program know what my license key is?

Thanks
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Posted 10 May 2006 - 10:19 AM

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I'm not so sure but i think it get the info from this --> REGISTRY,
actually it's a place inside windows system when everytime you
install a software including O.S.



#3 neylitalo

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Posted 10 May 2006 - 07:01 PM

I think the license key is the same thing as the product key.

And I think James is right - it's probably in your registry.

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#4 Heero

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Posted 11 May 2006 - 12:56 AM

The software license key is not the same thing as the product key because the program lists two separate numbers for them.

Yeah, it probably does get the information from the registry. But still the questions remains:

How did it get there in the first place?
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#5 sumityadav

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Posted 11 May 2006 - 05:37 AM

Hey there,
Definitely the information is fetched from the System REgistry. The product key is somehow converted to the License Number which is present in the registry. Dont remember the exact location. but the userinfo is also present there.

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Hey guys,

Newbie question here. I was using this Belarc Advisor program to locate software information on my computer and I noticed it also prints out my Software License Keys for windows XP. I don't recall ever entering my software license key when installing windows XP, only my product key.

So my question is:

How does the program know what my license key is?

Thanks
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#6 Heero

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Posted 11 May 2006 - 06:02 AM

The product key could possibly be converted into a software license, but I ran the program on separate computers using the same product key and the software license numbers showed up differently.

Microsoft has been hiding something from us...... [img src=\"style_emoticons/[#EMO_DIR#]/wink.gif\" style=\"vertical-align:middle\" emoid=\":wink:\" border=\"0\" alt=\"wink.gif\" /]
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#7 otuatail

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Posted 13 May 2006 - 10:21 AM

[!--quoteo(post=373180:date=May 11 2006, 07:02 AM:name=Heero)--][div class=\'quotetop\']QUOTE(Heero @ May 11 2006, 07:02 AM) View Post[/div][div class=\'quotemain\'][!--quotec--]
The product key could possibly be converted into a software license, but I ran the program on separate computers using the same product key and the software license numbers showed up differently.

Microsoft has been hiding something from us...... [img src=\"style_emoticons/[#EMO_DIR#]/wink.gif\" style=\"vertical-align:middle\" emoid=\":wink:\" border=\"0\" alt=\"wink.gif\" /]
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The product key refers to the one on the microsoft box. Every time you re-install windows you will use this. but the instalation software generates a lice key based on this, and every time you install it you will get a diferent number.




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