Windows XP Product Key Viewer

Please note – this instruction is from October 2002. It was working at that time – your milage may vary. This product key finder should work on Windows XP and Windows Vista and Windows 7.

I have no idea who wrote this, but THANK YOU. I had lost the orange folder that one of our XP Home Upgrade CDs came with. (Yeah, I can't beleieve I actually paid for it twice either! I've never paid for…. Enough of that sentance!)

When I lost the Product Key, I knew I was going to have a hard time if I ever needed to reinstall or do a fresh install on a new hard drive.

Now you can run this program on your XP computer (Windows XP Home or Windows XP Professional or Windows Vista) and display the Product Registration Key.

Note: I downloaded the app and did a virus scan (no problems), but your milage may vary.


If you have the Windows cd, follow these instructions on how to locate the windows product key on the Windows XP CD.

Hat tip to: NeoTechCC

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55 thoughts on “Windows XP Product Key Viewer”

  1. Um…well…no. I'm sorry, but I can't do that. My XP Pro is registered to a company and that just puts too many of us at risk.

    There are warez type tools that will subvert activation, but my copies are legit. Sorry. Keep searching.

  2. I'll twice your comment … to whoever wrote the damn thing; "THANKYOU" 🙂
    Has become VERY useful after we lost all the paperwork !
    (Oh, and thanks for telling us all, Kevin !)

  3. Hello I brought a computer back in sept 2002
    and I need to install WinXP pro but I can't find my product key can you help me please. RICKY

  4. hi I reformated my hard drive and lost most things to come and realise i dont have my cd key any more for windows xp professional. Do u have a non used cd key or can u help?? please.

  5. i had product key but its not working at the all.. i guess i need a new product key.. please help me with it..
    thanks
    michelle

  6. hi,can u please send me the key for xp pro? i need to reinstall coz my computer is messed up…pls?

  7. Kevin I stumbled on to your web page, and was some what reileved.To hear the comments given to you.Because I unfortunaly lost my key,And wanted to know If it's true that someone could actually get a product key.I would really apriciate If you could Get back to me,Because i've Lost sleep over the matter. Thank you Luis

  8. Thanks Kevin! I've been tearing my hair out over this one! I've been trying to yank the xp key off my old box for a while now without success till I stumbled upon your page! Kudos man, and keep up the blogging! 🙂

    -Josh

  9. A lifesaver! Found you on a Google search, so thanks for just being "out there" and having this link. Now I can finally reinstall XP on the kids' computer…

  10. is this program only for detect the cd key of XP that have been installed on computer. How if I have a new XP cd and want to know the cd key?
    can I?

  11. Hey my computer crashed and i lost everything! So when i was installing xp again i realized i had lost the cd key.. What can I do? Is there a way of getting the key back? Mail Me zoom64nb@aol.com if you know the answer to my problem..
    Thankz

    Neil

  12. please i want a product key to my xp professional, i couldnt find it anywhere, could u plz email em if u do know it
    thnx

  13. I have been searching for quite some time, and I can't find anything to help me. What I need is a file to override the registration key for XP home edition, because the 30 day activation period ran out and I can't go anywhere. The only options I have at the moment is to call Customer Service, and give them the Installation ID to receive the Confimination ID. I don't want to do that, so is there anything, or anyway I can get the Confimination ID without calling them? Any help would be gratefully appreciated. Thank you.

    Falls

  14. After hours of searching–I needed to install XP right away for its built-in SMTP server, and due to a massive blackout I couldn't go and buy myself a copy at the store–I found two programs that helped me obtain and verify that I indeed had generated a unique cd-key for XP Pro (corporate edition). The keygen itself is remarkable; although it takes a bit of time–up to 40 minutes per key–it's well worth the wait. It can generate valid keys for XP Home, Pro and Corporate, as well as Office XP Pro/Plus and Visio XP Pro. I don't condone piracy, and I plan on buying a legal key A.S.A.P., but needless to say it came in handy 🙂 If you still need a new key, e-mail me with your version and I'll send you one. If I'm in an especially good mood, I'll give you more than one. Always remember, though, that if you go down for a long vacation at government expense, you can't say I didn't warn you…

  15. After hours of searching–I needed to install XP right away for its built-in SMTP server, and due to a massive blackout I couldn't go and buy myself a copy at the store–I found two programs that helped me obtain and verify that I indeed had generated a unique cd-key for XP Pro (corporate edition). The keygen itself is remarkable; although it takes a bit of time–up to 40 minutes per key–it's well worth the wait. It can generate valid keys for XP Home, Pro and Corporate, as well as Office XP Pro/Plus and Visio XP Pro. I don't condone piracy, and I plan on buying a legal key A.S.A.P., but needless to say it came in handy 🙂 If you still need a new key, e-mail me with your version and I'll send you one. If I'm in an especially good mood, I'll give you more than one. Always remember, though, that if you go down for a long vacation at government expense, you can't say I didn't warn you…

  16. It's a problem if the comp has crashed and you can't run the View XP Key exe in dos etc.
    However I managed to overcome this by running ERD Commander from a boot cd and running the exe from there!

  17. I'm trying to reload windows xp but I don't have my product key. Is there a way to pull the key off of my cd? Or is there a generic product key or something I can use? I am currently running my windows me version. If you could e-mail me, any help would be greatly appreciated.

  18. I've lost my windows xp home edition product key, my computer has crashed and I need to load xp. Is there a way to get my product key off of the cd? If anyone could help please e-mail me.

  19. I've lost my windows xp home edition product key, my computer has crashed and I need to load xp. Is there a way to get my product key off of the cd? If anyone could help please e-mail me.

  20. I've lost my windows xp home edition product key, my computer has crashed and I need to load xp. Is there a way to get my product key off of the cd? If anyone could help please e-mail me.

  21. HELP! I started installation on a legitimate copy of XP! My father-n-law builds computers and provided this new copy for my use (still shrink wrapped). Problem is, I didn't know the shrink wrap contained the fricken product code!!!! Needless to say, the garbage man has it. What do I do now? Will talking to Microsoft even help?

  22. Thank you for posting the Product Key Viewer! Having some HD problems and did not want to dig through boxes of papers (I moved in early June) to find my docs.

    Sorry about all the people asking for actual product keys. Oy.

    Andrew Corvin

  23. Basicly I have the problem of almost everyone else
    Lost my product key for windows xp, My computer crached and therefore all the data are lost. How can I extracted the key product from the original CD, Ill tryed keygen,,keyfinder and viewkey but all this product required prvious installation, Please need your (SME) subject matter expert advise Thanks, so much Andy

  24. Basicly I have the problem of almost everyone else
    Lost my product key for windows xp, My computer crached and therefore all the data are lost. How can I extracted the key product from the original CD, Ill tryed keygen,,keyfinder and viewkey but all this product required prvious installation, Please need your (SME) subject matter expert advise Thanks, so much Andy

  25. Basicly I have the problem of almost everyone else
    Lost my product key for windows xp, My computer crached and therefore all the data are lost. How can I extracted the key product from the original CD, Ill tryed keygen,,keyfinder and viewkey but all this product required prvious installation, Please need your (SME) subject matter expert advise Thanks, so much Andy

  26. Basicly I have the problem of almost everyone else
    Lost my product key for windows xp, My computer crached and therefore all the data are lost. How can I extracted the key product from the original CD, Ill tryed keygen,,keyfinder and viewkey but all this product required prvious installation, Please need your (SME) subject matter expert advise Thanks, so much Andy

  27. Hey my computer crashed and i lost everything! So when i was installing xp again i realized i had lost the cd key.. What can I do? Is there a way of getting the key back, from the CD? Mail Me if you know the answer to my problem..
    Thanks

  28. Hey my computer crashed and i lost everything! So when i was installing xp again i realized i had lost the cd key.. What can I do? Is there a way of getting the key back, from the CD? Mail Me if you know the answer to my problem… indicarave@netscape.net
    Thanks

  29. Hey my computer crashed and i lost everything! So when i was installing xp again i realized i had lost the cd key.. What can I do? Is there a way of getting the key back, from the CD? Mail Me if you know the answer to my problem… indicarave@netscape.net
    Thanks

  30. Im having trouble registering xp home becuase i have installed it on a few comp. I need a new product key. If u could help it would be great. Thank u.

  31. I purchased windows XP Professional from Ebay.com but, the person that sold it to me said that "it's new copy but the box was opened". I tried to register XP thru Microsoft but a message was returned stated that the XP was already registered and could not get my system up and running. It was locked out. What can I do?

    Thanks Jay

  32. Is there s way do get my product key off the CD? I have a CD and have lost my key. Computer has crashed and I need a key for XP pro ASAP. Can anyone help?

  33. hey i lost my key. got proof i paid for it, wonder how M$ will work with me if i called them. anybody have any thing to share so i know what to look out for when i call em?

  34. I got given a copy of win XP home edition from a friend who doesnt need it anymore, a legitimate disk, not a CD-R. I have the product code and have tried activated but it wont let me because its used to be on my friends computer and was activated before. What should I do? PS if you email me can you make it clear in the title that its not spam otherwise i might delete the email by accident as i get a huge amount of spam.

  35. Thanks! I was about to reformat my laptop when I found that XP wouldn't accept the product key listed on the bottom (on the COA sticker). So I found this thread and tried your link, it worked but the product key the program displayed is different than the one listed on my PC…I don't know what that's all about, but thank you again for your help!

  36. Is there a ViewKey for Windows server 2003? I have a VLK, but someone stole the license info. I've got it installed on 6 servers, but need the key for another installation.

  37. Hey there,

    I find that the product key viewer (ViewKeyXP.exe or WindowsXP Product Key Viewer.exe) does NOT work on my new computer BUT it does work on my old computer. However, the Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder DOES work on my new computer. Both computers run Windows XP Professional. I just wonder if anyone else has encountered this problem–I think I read the posts, and it seems that someone has. Every time I attempt to open up the program on my new computer, it says, "Product Key Viewer for Windows XP has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for your inconvenience." This really pisses me off–what could possbibly be blocking the program from reading the registry code that contains the Windows XP product key? Hell, I even tried running the program will my virus scanner disabled. This confuses me! Please let me know if you have any ideas or suggestions.

    Thanks so much.

  38. P.S. One more quick thing. Not only did I spell the word "possibly" wrong in my post, but I also forgot to mention that the Jelly Bean program runs correctly with NO problems on my new computer. It's the ViewKeyXp.exe and WindowsXP Product Key Viewer.exe that do NOT work on my new computer–but, why does it work on my old computer then?

    Thanks again.

  39. I reinstalled the xp professional disk and for some reason the same product key doesnt work again, why is that? Can someone help me, i cant get into the computer without it. I need a new key or a way around the product key.

  40. I need to know if theres an application to recover the product key from xp home though the recovery console or dos?

  41. You people who ask for cd-keys are idiots. Why would anybody in their right mind share a cd-key? If you people want a cd-key you have two options. Go buy one or go search on a site like
    http://www.serial.ws

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