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If your Windows Product Key label is worn off or unreadable you can forget about getting any help from Dell or Microsoft. You are basically on your own. Microsoft will send you to Dell. Dell will send you to Microsoft. Microsoft will try to charge you money. Dell will try to charge you money. You will spend an hour chasing your tail and you will get nowhere. It's a very simple and very common problem. It is bewildering to me that there is not some sort of procedure in place to deal with a worn off or unreadable COA label.

 

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I have an alternative out of the box idea. I ran into this same problem with a totally unreadable Windows 7 COA. I noticed upon extemely close examination that the COA actually leaves very small indentations. If you take a very small amount of acrylic paint on your finger and very very lightly rub the area the numbers will start to reappear. It took about 30 - 45 minutes of tinkering and examining but now I can read all of my numbers. Only one number is within question. For clarity I could only read about 3 or 4 numbers / letters before this process. The numbers you see below were completely unreadable as was the words "Product Key". Hope this helps someone out. By the way my machine is totally dead right now without a hard drive so no software options will help me. I am sure there are others just like this.

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If your Windows Product Key label is worn off or unreadable you can forget about getting any help from Dell or Microsoft. You are basically on your own. Microsoft will send you to Dell. Dell will send you to Microsoft. Microsoft will try to charge you money. Dell will try to charge you money. You will spend an hour chasing your tail and you will get nowhere. It's a very simple and very common problem. It is bewildering to me that there is not some sort of procedure in place to deal with a worn off or unreadable COA label.

 

 

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I have an alternative out of the box idea. I ran into this same problem with a totally unreadable Windows 7 COA. I noticed upon extemely close examination that the COA actually leaves very small indentations. If you take a very small amount of acrylic paint on your finger and very very lightly rub the area the numbers will start to reappear. It took about 30 - 45 minutes of tinkering and examining but now I can read all of my numbers. Only one number is within question. For clarity I could only read about 3 or 4 numbers / letters before this process. The numbers you see below were completely unreadable as was the words "Product Key". Hope this helps someone out. By the way my machine is totally dead right now without a hard drive so no software options will help me. I am sure there are others just like this.

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this only works if software is installed legally...its a keyfinder that works

http://www.magicaljellybean.com/

i tried this on both my laptops and all the coa's jive and match

Yours Truly.

James

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Thanks a lot for this life hack. Your trick helped me save a lot of money that I might have had to pay for a new license 🙏

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Thanks for passing this on. One of the last group of 5 digits of the product key was unreadable. I didn't have any acrylic paint but used ground-up pencil lead instead and it did the trick - magic!

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You can also do it gently with a pen. Works perfectly.

Thanks for the incredible easy solution. I was losing all hope of ever getting that key back after trying everything for the last 4 days.

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this only works if software is installed legally...its a keyfinder that works

http://www.magicaljellybean.com/

i tried this on both my laptops and all the coa's jive and match

 

 

 

Key finders will give you the Dell SLP key and not the key on the COA.

Dr Philip Yip
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Has not anybody realized that the Microsoft C o A labels produced after XP are made deliberately so that the print fades away in time. <conjecture>

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My sticker was so badly worn that it looked like a blank white sticker. I tried this method: Basically I did the pencil thing, but because I didnt want to get too crazy, I just took a junk envelope and scribbled on it with the pencil for a bit until the envelope was saturated with graphite. I then rubbed the envelope portion that was covered in graphite onto the sticker.(Do not scribble directly onto the sticker!!) After a few minutes, I could start to see the bar code appear again, albeit extremely faded. Now, mine was so far gone that I didn't get the product key to appear nicely at all like the guy with the acrylics, but if I looked at it from just the right angle in the dawn light of my window, I could actually read it!!! It took several attempts to finally get it right and about 15 minutes of scribbling and rubbing. K and R, Q and O and 0, 5 and 6 were almost impossible to distinguish from one another, but before there was literally nothing there at all, even if I held it at any angle. So, I can tell you this WORKS, and it works so well I am astonished! I thought for sure my product key was gone for good...this is genius! Thanks so much!

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