23 November, 2007

Top 3 Free Product Key Finder Programs

if you're preparing to reinstall an operating system (for example, doing a clean install of Windows XP) or another program, you will need to find your copy of the software's product key (CD key). Normally this product key is located with the original manual or CD.

If you've lost your product key you can often find it in the registry but this can be very difficult to do. Luckily, there are many free key finder programs available to help.

Below are the top 3 free key finder programs.

1. Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder


The Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder program is a free utility that retrieves product keys from the registry. It also has the ability to change the product key for the Windows XP operating system if need be.

Advantages include very small size, ease of use, no installation required, instant display of product keys and multiple product key saving options.

Finds Keys for Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT4, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Vista.

Finds Keys for Other Software: Microsoft Office 97, Office XP and Office 2003.
Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder v1.51 Review

2. Winkeyfinder



The Winkeyfinder program is another free utility that retrieves product keys from the Windows registry.

Advantages include small program size, no installation required, and additional features such as a password generator and ability to change registered user information.

Finds Keys for Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

Finds Keys for Other Software: Microsoft Office 97, Office 2000 SP2, Office XP and Office 2003.

Winkeyfinder v1.72 Review

3. RockXP



RockXP is another free program that retrieves lost product keys from the registry.

Advantages include small program size, no installation required, and additional features such as a password generator and password retriever.

Finds Keys for Operating Systems:
Microsoft Windows XP.

Finds Keys for Other Software: Microsoft Office 2003 and Office 2007.

RockXP v4.0 Beta Review

Important Product Key Finder Information

If your system was purchased with Microsoft Windows pre-installed, and you have not reinstalled it or upgraded it yourself, the key finders on this page will only find the generic product key that your computer manufacturer used to install the operating system. This product key will not work when attempting to reinstall Windows. In this case, you must use the unique product key that is on the sticker attached to your computer case.