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  • Keep in mind that most OEM XP and up license key stickers were special numbers to begin with. You can't usually reinstall with that number, and I believe the number in the registry reflects the number on the case. Aug 30 '09 at 15:06
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    Note that Fortyrunner has said that the registry is on ANOTHER disk from another computer. Using Jellybean/WinKeyFinder/KeyFinder as suggested will not work in this instance.
    – Kez
    Aug 30 '09 at 17:19
  • and why would winkeyfinder not work? connect the HDD to any computer (to be sure, remove all other HDDs), now boot from a windows XP CDROM and run a repair installation, then retrieve your license keys with winkeyfinder. walk in the park.
    – Molly7244
    Aug 30 '09 at 21:02