How to recover a lost product key from Windows 7 or Windows 8
If you have lost the license key from your copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8, you can still restore it from the computer on which the operating system is installed. For Windows 7 there are a lot of programs that allow you to recover the product key, but not all of them work on Windows 8. That’s why I decided to check out a number of programs to determine those that work with Windows 8.
A few of the programs this review also promised to restore the license key for other products (e.g. Microsoft Office). I have installed a licensed version of Microsoft Office 2013, but no program and not a smog to read the key. It seems that they only support Microsoft Office 2010 and earlier versions of the office Suite, so they need to be updated.
Belarc Advisor 8.3 b
Belarc Advisor 8.3 b is a program that is distributed free of charge. It will show you not only the license key of your copy of Windows, but detailed information about installed software, hardware components, etc., so when you run the program conducts a thorough analysis of the entire system.
When the analysis is complete, your default browser will open the page with all sorts of information that you can literally get lost.
If you switch your gaze to the left, you will see a link to Software Licenses, which will take you to the section with the same name. There you will find some license keys, including the key to install Windows.
This program works well, but spends a lot of time on downloading data, as is looking for much more data unlike other programs. If you want to know only the product key, it is better to choose something from a number of other programs.
Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder 2.0
The program Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder 2.0 has got a very strange name, but it’s free, and most importantly – works. When installing, be careful since it tries to install another program that you may not need.
The necessary information Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder 2.0 provides a very simple interface.
This program works quickly and quite well. In addition, Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder 2.0 no problem finding a product key for Microsoft Office to version 2010.
A small utility ProduKey v1.56 can display the ProductID and CD-Key of Microsoft Office (only up to version 2007), Windows, Exchange Server and SQL Server.
All you need to download the archive, unpack it and run ProduKey.exe. The program starts and immediately displays the relevant information.
This program is a very small, free, fast, no installation required and easy to use. Highly recommended!
Which program is better?
All programs presented in this review, can easily find license key Windows. Some of them even restore the product key for different programs installed on your computer. But if you need to quickly find the product license key for your copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8, I recommend to try ProduKey v1.56 or Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder 2.0.