Many times we need to re-install the operating system for many reasons, and if you are using windows then there are more chances that you re-install the OS ;). One common problem one faces during re-istallation process is the product keys/serial nos/registration keys for software like MS-Office, Windows, Exchange Server, and SQL Server
. We either misplace them or when you buy a PC with preinstalled software they may or may not provide the keys seperatly.

There is an easy way to keep track of the keys for the above mentioned softwares. ProduKey is a small utility that displays the ProductID and the CD-Key of MS-Office, Windows, Exchange Server, and SQL Server installed on your computer. You can view this information for your current running operating system, or for another operating system/computer – by using command-line options. This utility can be useful if you lost the product key of your Windows/Office, and you want to reinstall it on your computer.

Download this from NirSoft’s website and unzip it. Run the ProduKey.exe, then it will give you the list of your installed softwares and their product keys which you could save/print for further reference.

Here is a screenshot of a sample run on my PC. (I blocked out my details)


Do you think this tip is useful for you? Let me know your comments!


4 Responses to Windows Tip: Recover Product Keys/Serial Nos

  1. su says:

    A really useful tip.. thanks for sharing.

  2. Mavis says:

    ProductKey is unable to recover SQL Server 2008 CD key, I have no other utility but to use Product Key Finder –

  3. Art says:

    Super, thanks, that saved me a lot of time. How many decades have you spent learning SQL? You so are an online high-and-mighty at it!

    Thanks again, Art.

  4. feroz says:

    thats a useful tips… thnkyu…

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