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How To Find Windows XP Product Key Inside Original CD

windows-xpSometimes we forget or misplace the hardcopy of product key of our software like Windows XP which is provided on a sticker inside the CD pack and that time we need to find out the product key for installation. If you are going thru the same problem then no need to worry at all. Microsoft always provides the Product Key inside the installation CD.

To find the Installation Product Key of Windows XP, follow the below steps,

1. Insert the CD into CD Drive

2. Open the CD and then move into the folder named as “i386”

3. Now open the file UNATTEND.txt to see the Product Key of your Windows XP

4. Note Down the Product key and start using it at the time of installation

Below is the screenshot of UNATTENDED.txt file having Product Key,


You can go thru post where we have explained how to create unattended installation CD for Windows XP and Vista where you can store your product key so that you don’t need to enter it manually at the time of installation. So this is how to find the installation product key of windows XP on your own XP CD.

Sanjeev Mishra is a professional blogger and an Internet Marketing Consultant based in India. He has built the Internet Techies to provide you updates in technology and web application area.
  • Steve

    If there is a i386\winnt.SIF file, the product key may also be in here.

  • Sally sung

    There’s also a software that does this at The advantage is that it can even find out your Windows system CD Key when your Windows can’t startup.Also, This software will find many other keys like office XP, office 2007 and more .
    You can have a try.
    Hope this can help you!
    Best wishes!

  • The Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder is a freeware utility that retrieves your Product Key (cd key) used to install windows from your registry.

    Greetz Joris

  • Mike Meyer

    Thank you! I had an install CD but misplaced the key. You saved me!!!

  • granit

    Thanks very much