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How do I look inside the cd's files to find the key. I need to be able to install xp!
    
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Google FTW http://www.infopackets.com/channels/...e_registry.htm

Edit: This is for finding the Key on a computer with Windows already loaded onto it.
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How do I look inside the cd's files to find the key. I need to be able to install xp!
Use Belarc Advisor to grab your current key off the machine.

http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html
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I am on vista right now... How in the hell would that help me...
    
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Thats a Good question however i think such things are encrypted,

However this may help : http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder.shtml
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I am on vista right now... How in the hell would that help me...
Well if you would have stated that in the first place and put Vista in your system specs then we would have known.
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GUYS AHHH! THIS CD HAS NOT BEEN USED ON ANY PC IN MY HOUSE!!! I am talking about browsing the cd for it!
    
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It's not on the CD. The CD can only tell if you enter a valid ID, it doesn't contain a specific one.
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1) If you stated it wasn't on a computer already in the first place that would help.

2) Your specs say Windows XP Home so how is anyone going to know you're talking about Vista.

3) Is this a Windows XP disc that you have and you are trying to find a cd key on it? If so you my friend are SOL. Windows CDs don't have CD keys on them. They have verification tools on them to verify the key you happen to enter.

Sounds like a classic case of ***PNed
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GUYS AHHH! THIS CD HAS NOT BEEN USED ON ANY PC IN MY HOUSE!!! I am talking about browsing the cd for it!
This should have been put in the first post in the thread. There is not way to extract a CD key from a Windows CD. The serial that comes with the CD creates a string which in turns allows you to activate Windows.

You are out of luck it looks like.
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