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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 what license key was used for that PC's Visual Studio 2008 installation?

I would imagine that it is in the registry somewhere.


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just run your computer and then type the word 'regedit'you'll find the four basic HKLM but i thin k just use this :

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftVisualStudio9.0Registration2000.0x0000PIDKEY on my PC. not sure but just try because some of this working.

If you are using Win7, then try HKLMSoftwareWow6432NodeMicrosoftVisualStudio9.0Registration2000.0x0000PIDKEY

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A couple of options listed here:

Magical Jelly is the best product key finder for Windows. It’s free and portable, hence you can use it without installation or modifying the Windows registry. It can be used to extract the product keys of paid software like Microsoft Office, Microsoft Visual Studio, Adobe Photoshop etc.

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WinkeyFinder is another great program to find the CD keys of installed software as well as the operating system. You can use this program to

  • Find product keys of Windows XP, Vista, Windows 2003, Windows 98 and Windows ME editions
  • Find serial keys of Microsoft Office 2000, 2003 and Microsoft 2007.
  • Change or copy the volume serial number.
  • View .NET key.

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You could try ProduKey from NirSoft. Its an app for listing Microsoft licence keys, however I don't think it'll work if your copy of Visual Studio was pre-pidded, i.e. it came from say an MSDN account.

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If you go into regedit and browse to the following path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftVisualStudio9.0Registration.

The Product Key can be found in the ProductID Registry Key.

Hope that helps!


I've had positive experiences with Belarc Advisor http://www.belarc.com/Programs/advisor.exe. It gives out a neat list of software installed on your pc with Keys and I generally archive this on a secure cloud so even if My pc crashes, I can still get a registered copy of all the software installed.

Today its even possible to have the entire image of your installation archived so that You get a clean PC with the set of licenses refreshed on installed anytime you want one!

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Tools to Extract Product Key

You can use any of the following tools to extract the Product Key from you computer. These tools report on many installed programs on your computer, not just Office.

PS: you should keep a copy (printed and/or file copies on external storage devices) of the report(s) generated by these tools so you have all of your product keys / registration numbers available for future re-installs

FYI: I (Rohn) have not tested these tools in Windows 8 (just haven’t had an excuse to make/waste the time), but I don’t expect any problem. The underlying mechanics of Windows 8 are essentially the same as Windows 7 if you ignore the Metro User Interface. Think of metro as “lipstick on a pig”. The pig is not changed by adding a little paint on the surface.

Normally you have several resources to find your Retail Product Key.

1.Your original package or purchase confirmation e-mail

2.Online download account

3.You can extract the Product Key from the machine itself

4.Image copy backups of system with Office installed

5.Activation backup utilities

From what I’ve read, MS uses a file called TOKENS.DAT to store encrypted product activation keys:



C:Windows.OldProgramDataMicrosoftOfficeSoftwareProtectionPlatformTokens.DAT (if you did an in-place Windows Upgrade)

After you extract the Product Key, make sure to write it down and keep it in a safe place. Burning a copy of the installation file to a CD would also be a good idea if you don’t have the installation disk.

NOTE: OEM (factory install and activated) licenses use a different key than the one reported.Only the factory can use the PK from the original factory activation. You would have been provided with a separate piece of paper with a Product key for reactivation.

Microsoft powerpoint serial key 2010. All you have to do is to participate in the giveaway mention below and grab your activation code on first come first serve basis. Many old versions like 2003, 2007 and 2010 are quite outdated but still people like to use these software’s. You don’t need to free download full version or trail version when you can get genuine license keys from our site. Although office 2016 contains various new features but product key is quite famous till now.

I have tried the first 6 in this list with various degrees of success:

http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html- not only does Belarc extract product keys, it reports on a WHOLE BUNCH of other stuff you want to know. Printing the report, or saving it is probably a good idea.

Installed Key Finder

http://www.gtopala.com/SIW – System Information for Windows (portable app), the install keys for Windows, Office and some other programs are displayed. Start SIW (no install required) and click on Software Licenses. (SIW for Win 2010 Build 0714g)

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http://www.magicaljellybean.com/V 2.0.8- Office 2003 OK, 2007 OK, 2010 na, Win Vista Wrong)

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http://sourceforge.net/projects/keyfinder / - Enchanted Keyfinder Beta Portable- Win (9X, ME, NT/2K/XP, Vista, Win7), MS Office (97, XP, 2003, 2007, 2010), Recover key for 484 other software and counting

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.htmlNirsoft ProduKey V1.45- Office 2003 OK, 2007, 2010, Win Vista)

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ProduKey may be able to extract product key information from a registry file saved externally. This is useful if you’re trying to get the key details from the backup of a now defunct machine. Try the /Regfile option.

http://www.winkeyfinder.com/download.php(Office 2003 , 2007 , 2010 , Win Vista )

http://www.technibble.com/license-crawler-find-product-keys-in-the-registry/License CrawlerV1.2 B98 (Office 2003, 2007 , 2010 , Win Vista )

http://www.sterjosoft.com/list/ - SterJo Software Key Finder. Confirmed to work on XP through Win8, Office XP/2002 through 2010

http://techblissonline.com/product-key-cd-keyserial-number-software-vista-xp/- License Crawler for Vista XP (Office 2003 , 2007 , 2010 , Win Vista )

Abelssoft MyKeyFinder - http://www.abelssoft.net/mykeyfinder.php - found all Office keys correctly

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Product Key Explorer http://www.techrepublic.com/software/product-key-explorer-324-windows/32741939