Let’s face it, we’ve all been into situation where we needed to reinstall Windows and set everything up from scratch. And while it’s important to backup all your data before you take the plunge, saving serial key information for the programs you’re going to have to reinstall later demands equal importance. Unfortunately, if you lose this information, it becomes quite cumbersome and painstaking to find it from online sources, Windows Registry (where this information is usually stored), or the OEM websites. No thanks – I’d rather use Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder that automatically retrieves your Windows product key, as well as that of several other of your installed programs within a few seconds. Read on for more details.
Warning: During installation, the setup program tries to download and install additional unwanted software. You can, however, easily avoid this by unchecking and declining any such offers when prompted.
Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder sports a straightforward interface. When launched, the program instantly scans through the Windows Registry in pursuit of the relevant product key information. Its quintessential feature is to easily retrieve product keys of almost all Windows versions including XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1. But on top of that, Keyfinder can also retrieve serial numbers of over 300 other programs, including Microsoft Office 2010. Here’s how it works:
When you launch the app, it presents the lists of programs in the left pane that were successfully detected during the scan process. You can click your desired item from the list to view the pertaining information. For instance, in case of Windows, Keyfinder displays the following information:
- Operating system version
- Product Part No.
- Installation medium
- Product ID
- CD Key
- Computer Name
- Registered Owner
- Registered Organization
At the bottom, it displays the total number of key locations in your system where such information might be stored, as well as those successfully detected.
Furthermore, Keyfinder can also retrieve product keys from unbootable Windows installations, which can come in handy to extract keys from corrupted or non-functional OS . To do that, just go to Tools > Load Hive and point to the hard drive location where the non-bootable Windows installation is placed to retrieve the data. All the retrieved serial numbers can be extracted to TXT or CSV files.
Overall, Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder is a handy tool. Testing was carried out on Windows 8.1 Pro, 64-bit.