Having just taken over management if IT for my employer, I want to ensure that all my MS licences are OK. Unfortunately, my predecessor was an external company who merely provided the PCs with software preinstalled – i.e. no install disks and no licensing data.
I am now working through all the PC’s noting all software installed and all Product Keys, but my problem is trying to obtain those product keys from the software itself. It simply does not make sense. For example, right clicking “My Computer” and then going to “Properties” does not give me the product key – merely a product ID. Similarly, with MS Office.
So if the hard disk fails and I need to reinstall, I’ve got no product key to validate the new installation.
Why does Microsoft have to have so many different sets of numbers:
Generated validation number to give MS if it does not work automatically
Generated validation number created by MS for you to type in
and more importantly, how do you get back to 1. If all you have is 4.
Your Click here does not work for me for some reason.looks like my computer does not like Nirsoft.
Had a look at their site earlier and you would need the pay for one I believe whether it does multible computers at the same time I don't know.There is also Magic Jelly Bean which has been recommended on this forum before but I have not used it.
Not sure if maybe all of the computers would have the same keycode or not.
If it was me I'd be doing a full Audit of all pcs and ensuring I'd got backup images so I could always restore each back to when I took responsibility for them.
Licences: ClickHere For five or more PCs Microsoft Volume Licensing customers have access to the Microsoft Volume Licensing Center (VLSC), where they can download licensed products, access product keys, and manage all licensing agreements online.