Lost product keys

A few years back I stumbled upon a utility called Magical Jelly Bean with its intended purpose of finding the product key of installed Microsoft applications, primarily the OS itself as I used this to determine which VLK was used for imagine deployment in the datacenters.

Looks like the product has not received updates in awhile and I’ve been trying to find a key recently of my office installation so that I can migrate the install to a new fusion VM.

For starters we can determine the last 5 digits of a product key default in the office application.

:command prompt
\program files\microsoft office\office14\
cscript ospp.vbs /dstatus
::Last 5 characters of installed product key: XXXXX

Alternately we can completely change the product key
:regedit
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Office\<version>\Registration
Expand the registration key, you will find different keys for the office suites looking like {XXX}
In each one of these look for DigitalProductID and ProductID, delete them, close registry restart the office apps and you will be prompted for a new key.

In office 2010 you can also change the key via the command line, this is new, 2 ways of doing so.
Option 1) Add/Remove programs, locate office, change, new product key (yawnnnnn)
Option 2) Instead of /dstatus argument for OSPP.VBS use /inpkey:XXXXX-XXXX-XXXX (key value)

 

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