Is belarc better than aida? I just read a thread from someone who wants to find his product ID and product key. Although I have the O/S CD with product key I thought I would give aida a go. This is what it reports: Registered Owner: (my name) Product ID: (unknown) Product Key: (bbbbb bbbbb bbbbb bbbbb bbbbb) this is not the product key that is on my CD or on the sticker on the PC.
For mass produced PC, product key on your windows installation may not be the same as the one you get on the stick.
PC makers do not install Windows individually. They just install on one PC and make a image of hard drive, then every machine in the batch will be cloned using this image, so all PCs will have the same product key. However, all machines are normally supplied with individual product key. This is the reason why you do not the same product key.