matching product keys to the actual product?

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  1. RyanL

    RyanL OT Supporter

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    I am cleaning up after the previous IT person at my job and I have stack of product keys along with a stack of CDs. Yeah, there is no way to know what key goes to what cd... all different versions and whatnot...

    Anyone know of a reverse cd key finder... as in I give it a product key and it tells me what software it goes with? :x:

    This is for almost all microsoft products.
     
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    You mean all you have is the keys? Wheres the stickers of authenticity?
     
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    Just try them all until you find out which one works.
     
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    If you're using Microsoft VLK, just sign into your online account and it should list all of them.
     
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    Didn't you read he has a stack of them? If he just had serial key numbers, why would he have a stack of them? He also works as an IT. Obviously, reading comprehension>you. :ugh2:
     
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    :uh:

    Stack could mean "a number", reems of paper printouts or it could mean a physical stack of CD sleeves. MS sleeves have an authenticity sticker on them with both the key and product on them. This is for their OEM products. Matching the media to the key would be straight forward since the media only has to match the product, the CD isn't special.

    If he's using VLK, MS has an entire site dedicated to tracking your keys and to get them he can simply log on and retrieve them.

    If they're stolen/pirated keys, this the thread starter should put a gun in his mouth, read the sticky at the top of the forum, and then pull the trigger.

    I can't fathom why anyone would have a series of keys with no trace of what product it belongs to, legally. Thus, the question.
     
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    Perhaps you should read the stickies too..

    http://forums.offtopic.com/showthread.php?t=3820065

    :fawk:
     
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    Holy shit you people are a bunch of fucking girls.
     
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    :rofl: how did i know this was going to happen?

    this is what i have:
    office 2003, 2007; std, pro, enterprise, oem
    windows 2003, xp, vista; pro, std, sbs, oem, etc

    some are from systems, some are retail, most are web purchases, and a number are from action pack

    none of the cds are in cases they are all in big cd cases with serials on stickies on the back of some of the cd holder most on slips of papers, print outs etc.

    I have probably 20 keys and no clue what they go to.

    previous IT person was keeps some screwed up running total in his head... at best
     
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    they are all legal too... I'll even post up some pics tomorrow to show what I am dealing with
     
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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    Well there's a pretty good bet they're installed on the systems then - run MagicJellyBeanFinder on your network and I bet most of those returns will show up on your list of unknowns.
     
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    Yeah, MagicJellyBeanFinder has been great... i wouldn't be able to reinstall systems without it :o

    Judging from the keygens that are out there for every MS product, it wouldn't be to hard for someone to take the formulas compare a key to them and green light the one it is valid for.
     

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