We have one our client’s partner systems on our bench right now. We sold them the system as well as the software licensing.
We were not expecting to do a full OS reinstall. But, we are replacing the original DP35DP motherboard with a DP45SG series board since we cannot get the system to run completely stable. Our client does not have the keys with them.
The reason for the replacement is that we put together an upgrade for this partner not too long ago and that upgraded system is almost identical to this one, running on the DP45SG, and does not spontaneously combust every once in a while like this one seems to.
We have a copy of the Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 retail DVD here along with the Office 2007 Enterprise Home Use Program disk that are required for the rebuild.
What we need though are the key codes for the products.
Enter the Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder.
The key finder is an open source project and picks up the product keys for most Windows and Office products.
We save the keys to a text file on either a USB flash drive if there is only one partition on the system, or to the second partition just prior to flattening the system. Once we are done and the keys are back into the respective products, the text file gets wiped.
A ShadowProtect image is taken of the system before it gets flattened as well.
We keep a copy of the utility on our Technician’s Thumb Drive.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book