Restore Windows Key from the Windows.old folder – When you upgrade from Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 you need to get the Key of the previous version from the Windows.old folder to you can activate the operating system Windows 10 using Windows Key 7/8 before, or you have to reinstall Windows by performing a completely new installation, and now wants to regain Key saved in the Windows directory .old.
As you know when you activate a version of the Windows operating system by entering a code Key, Key will be stored in the registry, but it is not easy for you to see and it is encrypted for security reasons. There are several tools out there that can help you view, recovery and backup Registry Key words but these tools can not get Key from the backup files are stored in the Windows.old folder, which means the public Key recovery tool only when the “Windows Live”. However there is a free software to retrieve the Windows key from the Windows.old folder, and it can be used to restore the license key on Windows 7, Windows 8 / 8.1 or Windows 10. In this tutorial, tips blog will introduce to you a new software called “ ShowKeyPlus” to restore the Windows key from the Windows.old folder.
Restore Windows Key from the Windows.old folder
Note: In addition to the Windows.old folder, you can also use this method to retrieve the key from any backup you created earlier. To restore the product key from the Windows.old folder, please follow the instructions below.
first visit this link and download the GitHub latest version of the software “ShowKeyPlus”. It is a mobile gadget is designed to help you restore the Windows key and more important as a freeware.
After downloading, extract just the file “ ShowKeyPlus.zip” This time you will see the file “ShowKeyPlus” executable. Double-click it to run executable> Click Yes if you see Account Control box.
After the application is launched, it will display the main version, the installed version and the version of Windows. Additionally, if the Windows.old folder located in the root directory of the drive where Windows is running, it automatically retrieves product keys from the Windows.old folder and display it.
If you have moved Windows.old folder to another location, “ShowKeyPlus” will not automatically restore the Key from the Windows.old folder. In that case, please click on the option called “Retrieve from backup key” , and then navigate to the folder Windows> System32> Config under letter Windows.old directory.
Select the file named “ Software”, and then click open button to view.
For example, if “C” is the drive where Windows is installed, then you need to navigate to the folder C: Windows Software System32Config in ShowKeyPlus.
As mentioned previously, this guide is not only limited to restore your key from the Windows.old folder. This method is also useful if you have a computer that can not boot or die, and you want to recover the product.
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