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Product Keys - what software they belong to

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by JSpence2003, Mar 3, 2010.

  1. JSpence2003

    JSpence2003 Flightless Bird

    I have a stack of sleeves from my company's ActionPack subscriptions, that
    the CDs were removed from and not replaced properly...how can I find out what
    software the product key is for? Does Microsoft have a reverse lookup thing?
     
  2. ybS2okj

    ybS2okj Flightless Bird

    NO. It is not possible to know but a bit of common sense would do the
    trick. First determine what software you have got on your system. Then
    locate the original CDs for these software. Finally, create a test system
    and try installing the software from these CDs using the serial numbers you
    have.

    The chances are you are likely to have Windows XP Professional and/or Office
    Professional products. There aren't many M$ products in common circulation!

    hth



    "JSpence2003" <JSpence2003@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:6E20E803-A627-400F-83D4-7E7118A8F91E@microsoft.com...
    >I have a stack of sleeves from my company's ActionPack subscriptions, that
    > the CDs were removed from and not replaced properly...how can I find out
    > what
    > software the product key is for? Does Microsoft have a reverse lookup
    > thing?
     
  3. Bob I

    Bob I Flightless Bird

  4. Lem

    Lem Flightless Bird

  5. Patrick Keenan

    Patrick Keenan Flightless Bird

    "JSpence2003" <JSpence2003@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:6E20E803-A627-400F-83D4-7E7118A8F91E@microsoft.com...
    >I have a stack of sleeves from my company's ActionPack subscriptions, that
    > the CDs were removed from and not replaced properly...how can I find out
    > what
    > software the product key is for? Does Microsoft have a reverse lookup
    > thing?


    No, but system audit utilities, such as Belarc Advisor, will list installed
    keys, and that should give you a starting point.
     
  6. HeyBub

    HeyBub Flightless Bird

    ybS2okj wrote:
    > NO. It is not possible to know but a bit of common sense would do the
    > trick. First determine what software you have got on your system. Then
    > locate the original CDs for these software. Finally, create a
    > test system and try installing the software from these CDs using the
    > serial numbers you have.
    >
    > The chances are you are likely to have Windows XP Professional and/or
    > Office Professional products. There aren't many M$ products in
    > common circulation!


    Oh, but there are!

    My Action Pack binder has maybe 100 Microsoft products. Let me see:

    MS Project 2002
    MS Project Guides
    MS Sharepoint Services Standard 2003
    MS SQL Server Reporting Svcs
    MS Publisher 2003
    MS Mappoint
    MS Visio
    MS FrontPage
    MS Windows Server Enterprise
    MS One Note
    MS Virtual PC
    MS SQL Server
    MS Office Live Comm Server
    MS Sharepoint Portal Server
    MS Exchange Enterprise Server
    MS Mobile Info Server

    And that's just one section of six.

    About 1/2 of these have activation codes.
     
  7. EN59CVH

    EN59CVH Flightless Bird

    How many people are idiots like you to accumulate all these software for
    fun? Serious users have to earn a living. Not all are doing computing
    as a hobby!!!



    HeyBub wrote:
    >
    >
    > My Action Pack binder has maybe 100 Microsoft products. Let me see:
    >
    > MS Project 2002
    > MS Project Guides
    > MS Sharepoint Services Standard 2003
    > MS SQL Server Reporting Svcs
    > MS Publisher 2003
    > MS Mappoint
    > MS Visio
    > MS FrontPage
    > MS Windows Server Enterprise
    > MS One Note
    > MS Virtual PC
    > MS SQL Server
    > MS Office Live Comm Server
    > MS Sharepoint Portal Server
    > MS Exchange Enterprise Server
    > MS Mobile Info Server
    >
    > And that's just one section of six.
    >
    > About 1/2 of these have activation codes.
     
  8. VanguardLH

    VanguardLH Flightless Bird

    EN59CVH wrote:

    > HeyBub wrote:
    >
    >> My Action Pack binder has maybe 100 Microsoft products.

    >
    > How many people are idiots like you to accumulate all these software for
    > fun? Serious users have to earn a living. Not all are doing computing
    > as a hobby!!!


    Looks like the green-eyed monster has bitten another consumer not able to
    qualify as a Microsoft partner and is jealous someone else has more money.
    Please explain where HeyBub stated that the action pack was for his personal
    or home use rather than for his business or "my" really referred to his
    employer's copy. Besides, if he has the money, what do you care where he
    spends it? Yeah, you drive a Kia and someone else with more money buys a
    Lexus. So what. They've probably spent a portion of their income that is
    the same as yours. Amazing how everyone wants to be rich but then berates
    anyone who already is.

    "common" is defined by how the populace is defined to which the term
    applies. All the OP said was "There aren't many M$ products in common
    circulation". Well, when speaking of Windows, the topic of this forum, that
    statement is obviously false even with just consumers who buy individual
    Microsoft products to use on a Microsoft operating system. Often it only
    takes the need for a few of Microsoft's products to realize that a
    subscription (*if* you can qualify) is a cheaper solution.

    Maybe when you get a job or a better job to make more money or have worked
    long enough to accrue some assets then you, too, can afford to qualify for a
    subscription and pay for it. Until then, keep remembering to push those
    fries before ringing up the sale.
     
  9. HeyBub

    HeyBub Flightless Bird

    EN59CVH wrote:
    > How many people are idiots like you to accumulate all these software
    > for fun? Serious users have to earn a living. Not all are doing
    > computing as a hobby!!!
    >
    >


    Hmm. I do use these to earn a living - it's not a hobby and I can't in my
    wildest dreams fashion how you would conclude otherwise. I guess there are
    just some people whose brain operates differently from normal folk.

    The Action Pack subscription costs $200/year.

    In addition to the stuff I mentioned, it include ten licenses for XP-Pro and
    ten licenses for MS Office. Just those two packages are worth several
    thousand dollars for our small software company. (Not of interest here, but
    it also includes a like number of licenses for Vista and Win 7). The
    subscription also includes the full MS Customer Relations Management, which,
    if we bought all the options, would cost over $50,000. Even a minimum
    configuration begins at five grand.

    True, the licenses are limited to:

    * Training,
    * Development, and
    * Internal use

    and cannot be sold or transferred out of the company.
     
  10. Patrick Keenan

    Patrick Keenan Flightless Bird

    "EN59CVH" <EN59CVH@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:4B8ED20A.92C05B17@discussions.microsoft.com...
    > How many people are idiots like you to accumulate all these software for
    > fun? Serious users have to earn a living. Not all are doing computing
    > as a hobby!!!


    the Action Pack and other MSDN kits are for people like developers and
    writers, who use most of the stuff in it to earn a living.

    It's not a hobbyist package, by any means.



    >
    >
    >
    > HeyBub wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >> My Action Pack binder has maybe 100 Microsoft products. Let me see:
    >>
    >> MS Project 2002
    >> MS Project Guides
    >> MS Sharepoint Services Standard 2003
    >> MS SQL Server Reporting Svcs
    >> MS Publisher 2003
    >> MS Mappoint
    >> MS Visio
    >> MS FrontPage
    >> MS Windows Server Enterprise
    >> MS One Note
    >> MS Virtual PC
    >> MS SQL Server
    >> MS Office Live Comm Server
    >> MS Sharepoint Portal Server
    >> MS Exchange Enterprise Server
    >> MS Mobile Info Server
    >>
    >> And that's just one section of six.
    >>
    >> About 1/2 of these have activation codes.
     

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