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How to extract a CD Key (with pics)

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Have you ever wanted to get your CD key, but you bought the game through steam and they never gave it to you? Here I will show you how to get your cd key with out using some second hand software.

For this demonstration, I will be using Call of Duty 4, every other game works in the same method.

We'll start off by going to "regedit"


You will be now prompted with your Registry Editor. Next, you want to click on Local Machine.


A list of folders will then drop down, then you will want to click on Software, another drop down list of folders will come down, then open the Wow64node folder.



Now here is all the software (most of it) that is installed that edits the registry. Since we are doing Call of Duty 4, we want to look for Activision then Call of Duty 4. As in above picture It's the first folder there so open that folder and you will see anything installed under the Activision publisher.



Now if you look, you will see your "codkey" with your cd key that was used during the installation of the game, mine isn't there for special reasons

This also works for putting a new cd key if need be for example World at War.

No need to fuss with any second hand software again. Like I said earlier, this same method will work for most games, it just might be under a different name for the cd key (cdkey, serial, etc.)

This was written by me and made just for you guys. Hope this helps!
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interesting really... +rep added
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Useful for COD4, though I don't think it's a guarantee that all games work this way. For instance, I think some of them encrypt the key that's there.
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COD4 is the only game out of 14, that I've checked, that has it in there. BF:BC2 downloaded through EA Manager does not have it anywhere in registry that I can see
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Good to know
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Only works on some of the games, as a good majority of them will encrypt the code...but useful for the ones you can read.
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I just realized that, forgot about the fact that they encrypt keys :/
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Either way, Steam is now giving us the keys with the games we buy.
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Or just use magic jelly bean
http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/
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