Find Windows XP Product Key From Your Installation CD [How To]
By on June 25th, 2008

Have you lost your Windows CD Key and are desperately looking for it? No backups, nothing. What do you do now? Well till you have your Original installation you can easily find the Product key without breaking a sweat.

Here are the simple steps you need to perform in order to get your Product Key from the installation CD.

(Note: This may only work for certain OEM CDs, if it does not work for you, you can check out our earlier post on how you can find your Windows XP Product key.)

  1. Insert the Installation CD into your CD / Drive Drive.
  2. Explore the CD and navigate to the i386 folder.
  3. Open the file UNATTEND.txt and scroll down to the last line.
  4. You will find your Windows XP Product key there.

We were able to find the CD key on a Windows XP Corporate Edition installation CD and would love to know if you were able to find it on your own installation CDs. Do let us know through your comments on how it went for you.

Via: [Cool Tech Tips]

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  • http://informationalinformation.info jiexi luan

    lmao it worked. it seems to be just coincidence that it worked since others complain that it isnt working. w/e. your best chances are getting a keygen at that point. but it DOES WORK for me

  • sundar

    I FOUND THE CD KEY IN MY XP INSTALLATION DISC BUT THE CD KEY IS SAME IN ALL OTHER XP INSTALLATION CDS IGOT FROM MY FRIENDS ……………..U CAN FIND THE CD KEYS ONLY IN THE OEM INSTALLATION DISCS AND NOT IN OTHERS
    THE UNATTENDED .TXT FILE IS USED TO INSTALL THE XP UNATTENDED IF ITS AN OEM THEN THE MANFACTURER WILL PUT THE CD KEY INSIDE …OTHERWISE THERE WILL BE KEY THAT IS SAME ON ALL THE CDS.THATS THE DEFAULT KEY FOR THE USERS TO UNDERSTAND WHERE TO PUT THEIR CD KEY TO AUTOMATE THEIR INSTALLATION………………………………………………………………………………………………

  • James Craig

    I found the key for my XPP. Knew there had to be a way.

  • James Craig

    same as the other people are geting and it doesn’t work.
    JJWKH-7M9R8-26VM4-FX8CC-GDPD
    Oh Well.

  • Lyn

    How do you change your folder settings to view the hidden files such as the winnt.sif that i have seen work for others?

  • Lyn

    nevermind, i figured out how to change folder options, now where is that winnt.sif file?

  • Dinesh

    WINNT.SIF worked for me. Thanks for the post.

  • Hanzzo Superb

    Thanx…your step works very well…

  • Gabriel Wu

    yes i’m installing a windows xp professional edition and the product key I got in unattend.txt was the same as cankarales’s – JWKH-7M9R8-26VM4-FX8CC-GDPD8.

    no winnt.sif either. only txtsetup.sif.

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  • max

    got the same key as others on my XP Pro retail & XP Home OEM on the unattend.txt file:

    “JJWKH-7M9R8-26VM4-FX8CC-GDPD8″

    and no winnt.sif either. any other solutions?

  • trioproductsint

    key from Eamon (RYQYT-JC2JX-8DMB6-2FX29-P849B) worked for me!! Thanks
    Here are the ones I found on my cd’s (didn’t work for me):
    CD87T-HFP4C-V7X7H-8VY68-W7D7M
    JJWKH-7M9R8-26VM4-FX8CC-GDPD8
    Doesn’t hurt to try…keep posting them numbers!

    • eek

      it worked for a winxp ome cd with february 2010 updates

    • Shach

      All solutions suggested so far didn’t work for me.

  • tendyfish

    It worked wonders for me….thnx a million!

  • D

    Amazing man worked on mine too, nice stuff thank you brother

  • Luigi

    Great, great tip. Thank you, you saved me a lot of time because I couldn’t fine mine when I wrote it on a piece of paper. HUGS!

  • tryingbe

    ProductKey= “JJWKH-7M9R8-26VM4-FX8CC-GDPD8″ did not work.

    RYQYT-JC2JX-8DMB6-2FX29-P849B worked perfect.

    XP Service Pack 2

  • http://gregrickaby.com Greg

    Great tip! I was sweating! Thanks!

  • Dave.W

    Bought ( Original ) Second hand XP Disk at Garage Sale No product code but this simple tip worked like a dream. Thanks

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  • Copain

    ProductKey= “JJWKH-7M9R8-26VM4-FX8CC-GDPD8″ in unnattend.txt did not work.

    “RYQYT-JC2JX-8DMB6-2FX29-P849B” did not work

    and no winnt.sif or USWXP32P_ZX hidden folder either

    any other solutions?

  • Digdo

    it worked with RYQYT-JC2JX-8DMB6-2FX29-P849B!
    thank you, eamon!

  • Digdo
  • Leslie

    I’ve lost my office 2003 product key but still have the installation cd. my old notebook is dead and unbootable. How can I retrieve the product key from the installation cd

    • http://keithdsouza.com Keith Dsouza

      @Leslie, unfortunately you will have to call Microsoft Customer support to get your product key

  • Laura De Souza

    Thanks a lot! You have been a life saver.
    It really worked for me.

  • http://techie-buzz.com/tips-and-tricks/find-windows-xp-product-key-from-installation-disc.html#commentrespond JJW

    Excellent- I’ve spent weeks trying to work it out- Thanks to this site, I got it in 3 mins- Thank you Guys!

    • http://techie-buzz.com/tips-and-tricks/find-windows-xp-product-key-from-installation-disc.html#commentrespond JJW

      Actually- it didn’t work- I was able to locate the product key- but no luck! I am still searching for help! Can anybody help?

 
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