Windows Trick: How To Recover Your Windows Serial Number For Free

Sometimes the best solution for a complicated PC performance issue is to reinstall your operating system and other applications you run. Although a radical and time-consuming step, format and reinstall normally speeds up your PC and enhances your productivity at the long run.

The issue many people i know faced when reinstalling their PC, is to find their Microsoft software serial numbers. In most cases ,when acquiring a PC you also purchase your Operating system of choice (XP, Vista and others) and productivity suite (Office). The dealer installs the purchased software, but sometime fails to provide you with the serial numbers for the software you purchased. The thing is that you need those serial numbers if you want to reinstall your PC.

Prodkey, a free and easy-to-use utility made by Nir Sofer, helps you to recover your Windows and Office serial number from an existing installation. Prodkey runs on all Windows platforms and is capable to retrieve serial number info for the main Microsoft products:MS-Office, Windows, Exchange Server, and SQL Server.

Usage is quite simple.All you need to do is download and unzip Prodkey Then click on the Prodkey.exe file. The utility will display the list of your installed Microsoft products and their product key information. I recommend that you print the output and keep it in a safe place for further reference.

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(Note that i deleted my PC product key information for obvious reasons)

Remember: Always run Prodkey BEFORE reinstalling your system. Otherwise you won’t be able to recover the serial numbers.

Enjoy!

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39 Responses to Windows Trick: How To Recover Your Windows Serial Number For Free

  1. Shashank July 24, 2007 at 11:01 am #

    it’s really a handy utility…also one should regularly defragment your hdd for improved performance..

  2. Shashank July 24, 2007 at 12:01 pm #

    it’s really a handy utility…also one should regularly defragment your hdd for improved performance..

  3. Francesco July 24, 2007 at 11:52 am #

    Great piece of software.

    I had this problem with a Dell laptop. I had lost my original CD and could not find the serial. I wish I knew this before.

    Francesco
    Nuovibusiness

  4. Francesco July 24, 2007 at 12:52 pm #

    Great piece of software.

    I had this problem with a Dell laptop. I had lost my original CD and could not find the serial. I wish I knew this before.

    Francesco
    Nuovibusiness

  5. horisly July 24, 2007 at 11:58 am #

    i am pursuing a notebook? what’s your tips?

  6. horisly July 24, 2007 at 12:58 pm #

    i am pursuing a notebook? what’s your tips?

  7. Gili July 24, 2007 at 1:46 pm #

    Thanks for commenting.
    As far as laptop purchasing, i believe that you need to first determine what is the main usage. Will you be using it for browsing the web and editing your blog, or will you be running complex PC games also.
    I would say that the processor (dual, i would say more than 7100 and 1.8 Mhz and the RAM memory (no less than 2 GB, so you’ll be able to run Vista comfortably) are the more important factors. If you’ll be gaming i will also look into a fast video adaptor. Make sure that you have a built-in wireless network card as well. As far as the Hard disk, a 80GB (that you’ll later split into two partitions) will be ok.

    I personally bought this one a few days ago: http://www.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/latit_d630?c=us&l=en&s=biz&cs=555

    Good luck.
    Gili

  8. Gili July 24, 2007 at 2:46 pm #

    Thanks for commenting.
    As far as laptop purchasing, i believe that you need to first determine what is the main usage. Will you be using it for browsing the web and editing your blog, or will you be running complex PC games also.
    I would say that the processor (dual, i would say more than 7100 and 1.8 Mhz and the RAM memory (no less than 2 GB, so you’ll be able to run Vista comfortably) are the more important factors. If you’ll be gaming i will also look into a fast video adaptor. Make sure that you have a built-in wireless network card as well. As far as the Hard disk, a 80GB (that you’ll later split into two partitions) will be ok.

    I personally bought this one a few days ago: http://www.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/latit_d630?c=us&l=en&s=biz&cs=555

    Good luck.
    Gili

  9. Angie July 24, 2007 at 3:37 pm #

    Nice. I have no idea where my disks are now tha I have moved a couple times in the past couple years….and am packing up again now. Handy tool indeed.

  10. Angie July 24, 2007 at 4:37 pm #

    Nice. I have no idea where my disks are now tha I have moved a couple times in the past couple years….and am packing up again now. Handy tool indeed.

  11. 3gp July 24, 2007 at 4:39 pm #

    Gili i love your post. They are full of information.

  12. 3gp July 24, 2007 at 5:39 pm #

    Gili i love your post. They are full of information.

  13. Brown Baron July 24, 2007 at 6:30 pm #

    This is great. I bet a lot of people will be happy to see this. I know I am. Excellent find Gili.

  14. Brown Baron July 24, 2007 at 7:30 pm #

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  15. Bush Mackel July 24, 2007 at 9:09 pm #

    I’ve found that if you can get A NUMBER, you can usually get it to fly after a well crafted call to M$.

  16. Bush Mackel July 24, 2007 at 10:09 pm #

    I’ve found that if you can get A NUMBER, you can usually get it to fly after a well crafted call to M$.

  17. morris July 26, 2007 at 4:02 pm #

    Great tip, i was looking for it, thanks

  18. morris July 26, 2007 at 5:02 pm #

    Great tip, i was looking for it, thanks

  19. misio4u October 5, 2007 at 10:16 am #

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  20. misio4u October 5, 2007 at 11:16 am #

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  21. Estwald February 26, 2008 at 5:21 pm #

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  22. Acelduma February 26, 2008 at 5:30 pm #

    Another free product that will find just about all the serial numbers and keys for just about every thing on your computer is SIW.EXE ( System Information for Windows). It can be found at: http://www.gtopala.com/ . It also will give you more information than you thought possible about your hardware.

    Cheers, Acelduma.

  23. Acelduma February 26, 2008 at 5:30 pm #

    Another free product that will find just about all the serial numbers and keys for just about every thing on your computer is SIW.EXE ( System Information for Windows). It can be found at: http://www.gtopala.com/ . It also will give you more information than you thought possible about your hardware.

    Cheers, Acelduma.

  24. Acelduma February 26, 2008 at 5:35 pm #

    How did the picture of that punter get on my post ?

  25. Acelduma February 26, 2008 at 5:35 pm #

    How did the picture of that punter get on my post ?

  26. clozaril and moving July 22, 2008 at 1:46 pm #

    gsaf

  27. clozaril and moving July 22, 2008 at 2:46 pm #

    gsaf

  28. used for September 10, 2008 at 8:46 pm #

    dukal

  29. used for September 10, 2008 at 9:46 pm #

    dukal

  30. finnw September 1, 2009 at 11:19 pm #

    There seem to be a lot of apps like this out there. I'm not sure why as I've never had this problem, but then I always look for the sticker when I buy a PC *and* verify it on the Microsoft website when I get it home (I've never had one turn out to be invalid. I'm assuming I could make a chargeback if it ever happened.)

  31. bean2k May 20, 2010 at 2:37 am #

    It's a good product, but if you're a tech support professional, you should get it from http://www.product-key.com because they provide great help if you can't find your key

  32. Vikeshsuresh August 4, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

    you are a life saver

  33. Nofffff January 3, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    test

  34. Best Registry Cleaner January 21, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    Great tip, thanks

  35. Anonymous May 10, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    Computer trick is funny!

  36. Anonymous May 12, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    Thanks for sharing.

  37. ggyyy May 18, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    There are so many good tips , I like them very much ,thank you. 

  38. Bob July 6, 2011 at 12:07 am #

    The best product key finder program is http://www.top-password.com/product-key-finder.html

  39. Anonymous August 22, 2011 at 3:05 am #

    Great tip, thanks