Jesse L, Thanks for the reply but, with respect, your answer is not correct. Do that; save it; see, for example, if it matches the beginning and the end of whatever you can see on that sticker. How can I recover it? Please let us know which test failed and the results of the troubleshooting performed as suggested by the web site. Otherwise, like I said, you may be stuck having to purchase a new product key which basically boils down to a new copy of Windows. The new Windows 7 installation needs my product key but the sticker on the bottom of my laptop is completely unreadable. It's a very simple and very common problem. Thanks Blencogo, at the moment I don't need the product key as everything is working fine.
I entered my key and activated without any issue. Set the type of the hidden partition to 07. Does the laptop not have a recovery partition? Has anyone had any success solving this? If it does, then you know you've got your product key. I noticed on the T420 that the sticker is located in the battery compartment, and this sticker shows no signs of fading. It probably won't work on activation that was performed online or over the phone. Once you're out of warranty it is impossible to contact Lenovo for any kind of advice or information. So we need a product key.
I have recently got a used Dell Latitude 13 laptop. This is a bit of a puzzle for me to learn that the product key number that Belarc lists is actually not the product for a clean install. It appears that the license keys have faded the same way that something printed on thermal paper like an old school fax machine or a cash register receipt fade over time or when exposed to heat. If you have accessed the site but the validation issue persists, I suggest we try the following steps to test this issue: Step 1: Test the issue in. Belarc is better tho since i learned of that. Microsoft Provides its legal copy Genuine Registered Version with its Genuine Product Key for any user to install its registration. The fine print: I do not work for, nor do I speak for Lenovo.
It's a complete wipe of the computer and a reinstallation of a copy of Windows. Unfortunately the product key on your laptop, that's on that sticker, is the one you probably need. You may be able to make out the characters. I was looking at the bottom of my T400 today, and I noticed that both the Windows Vista sticker that the machine came with and the Windows 7 sticker that contains the license keys are unreadable. Dell will try to charge you money. What do you need the Product Key for? I know I'm supposed to put in the key code, however, I can't read the numbers on the bottom of my laptop. Restart the computer and visit the following website to validate Windows again.
You do not need to buy any paid version, as all of the free ones will find Windows keys. Thnks, in advance, for your help! By the way my machine is totally dead right now without a hard drive so no software options will help me. Thanks for the suggestion, but I just realised I have a much simpler option. Belarc is only free for personal use. The thread above indicates that the key that these tools provide will not allow you to reinstall from the recovery media. Print something that has a lot of black on standard paper using a laser printer. However, I believe that you are still going to have to activate your new installation with Microsoft.
Please look at the recovery disk ordering guide at the link below. You will spend an hour chasing your tail and you will get nowhere. I needed to call into the factory to get my own bloody product key! Please note that the providers of these freeware programs will often make a pitch for their paid version with more features and the ability to find more product keys. I have all the paperwork and disks that came with my laptop, if that helps at all. Here's a bit more information that may be helpful: 1.
I have had my computer for about 3. The notebook originally had Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit on it. It's a very simple and very common problem. Thanks, Tom Hi Tom and welcome. I always opt out, then continue the installation process.
To this I call shenanigans. If you carry out a full Recovery from the Recovery Partition or from the Recovery Discs if you are reinstalling the system following a hard drive failure you will never need to use the Product Key as Windows will activate automatically. For the past several years, starting with T60 series, I've always put a layer of standard 3M office tape over the serials on the bottom of every ThinkPad. I will need it when I install the new drive. It also give you more info that may assist in reloading other 3rd party apps after the reinstall.
Note the disk number and the partitions. Some paint sticks to the chracters because they are embossed and so you can read them. Now the reason I'm reluctant or at least hesitant with this approach is that - if the product key is actually in the machine, and it's the right product key, I'm not really sure why it's complaining about being not genuine. Check to see if your laptop has a recovery partition. They stick well since they are meant to be permanent on paper and are just the right size to cover the Windows sticker. Dell will send you to Microsoft. They did start putting under the battery at the end of Win7.