If you are planning to reinstall the software, especially from Microsoft, you should make sure that you have the product key in place. The product keys will be shared with you when you purchase the product. It is most likely that, once the product key is entered in the system, you would have forgotten about the key thing until there is a need for reinstalling the software. The software needs to be reinstalled, sometimes in order to get the default environment back or to fix any gone bad plug-in or the feature.
The applications called key finders helps in locating those keys from the windows registry so that, you can note down or save it somewhere in safer place before reinstalling the product. If you are thinking about manually scavenging the windows registry, you can succeed up to locating the place where the key is stored. The windows encryption makes the registry read difficult and it is impossible to read the product key that way by a normal user.
Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010 suite Product key
Like many other Microsoft products, the office suite comes with a product key when purchased which has to be entered during the software installation. A software named LicenseCrawler which is a free to use and a portable application meaning, it doesn’t need to be installed. Just double click the app and it continues to bring up the license or the product keys of the software in no time. The software works equally with all versions and variants of Microsoft office 2007 and 2010 suite product key.
How to use LicenseCrawler to get the Microsoft Product ID
The licenseCrawler takes a little time and pops up all the available product keys in the windows registry. You cannot limit the crawler to search only for the particular software’s product key. Besides, it takes less time and hence isn’t an issue at all. Scan through the list generated by the tool. When the registry entry reads something like HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0 stop there. You have got access to the product key of office 2010 application. Similarly a registry entry ending with 12.0 instead of 14.0 also belongs to the Microsoft office suite. 14.0 represent the product key of MS office 2010 and 12.0 represents MS office 2007.
The product ID and the serial number will be present below those rows and that is it. Note down the product ID carefully without errors. Even if a single character goes wrong, the installation process will become a disaster. Also, take a snap of the view on the mobile for safety and back up. The Microsoft office Product ID will be formatted as below:
AAAAA-BBBBB-CCCCC-DDDDD-EEEEE. It is 25 characters long. Now you are good to go and reinstall the software on this PC. Please note that, if you are trying to install it in some other PC, the product ID might still work depending on the type of product purchased but it is always better to check before trying to do. If for some reason, the license crawler fails to find the key, buying again is the only solution of course, after searching in the mailbox and in the drawers.