Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP this year on April 8th. We highly recommend that you update your system to Windows 7 at least. It will be a less jarring environment for XP users than Windows 8.1, and of course, it will be supported for years to come.
Before moving on from your old trusted XP system, you’ll want to bring over some of the software you’re currently using. But chances are you don’t have the key codes for those programs anymore. Here’s a look at a couple of free tools that will allow you to find most of the product keys you have.
Recover Software Product Keys
For finding system information, Belarc Advisor is a great start, and possibly all you’ll need. It’s free and will find the product keys for your operating system, Microsoft Office, as well as other popular software from Adobe, Nero, Corel, and video games. The scan takes several minutes because it does more than just find your software keys. It also lest you know about Windows and software updates you’re missing – similar to Secunia PSI.
Another popular freeware program is KeyFinder from Magic Jelly Bean. It supports finding the products keys for over 300 programs
The caveat? Well, being that it’s freeware, it’s going to try to sneak some crapware on to your system. Like in this example it want to install the AVG Toolbar and change the search provider and homepage.
Make sure you select Custom Installation and uncheck both boxes for the extra crapware.
This is what I got when trying to install it on a different computer. Some fantasy game that I surely don’t want and is probably full of bloatware itself.
Also, when closing, it tries to sell you a premium version of the “Recover Keys” key finding program – which you might want if you have tons of software on your system. But you can check the box to have that stop showing up.
Once you make get through the clean install and remove the reminder, KeyFinder actually does a good job. It’s simple to use and and fast.