10/4/2012 11:56 AM
item from Larry Foltran, coordinator of the corporate website and information
technology at Crawford Broadcasting. I spotted it in Crawford’s engineering
newsletter the Local Oscillator and share it with his permission. — Paul McLane
too long ago, I was in the process of backing up the data from one of our
production machines in preparation for a clean rebuild when I noticed that the
Windows OS license sticker had been partially peeled off. Because my intent was
to upgrade to a new and larger storage drive, I would certainly need the key
code to install the OS. Google lead me to a great tool that solved my problem
and, in my opinion, has many helpful applications.
Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder
is a small, freeware application that scans your machine
and retrieves the key information from the various applications you have
installed — over 300 as claimed on their website. For a more robust option,
they offer Recover Keys ($24.95) which supports over 3,600 programs and has a
variety of other features including the ability to run from a USB drive as well
as save the data to a variety of formats. The free version does allow data saving,
but it is limited to TXT and CSV files.
feature I discovered within this application is the ability to modify the
registry information via a very simple to use window prompt. Perfect for those
who are nervous to dive into the registry in normal circumstances. As an
example, the name and organization entries prompted when installing most
Microsoft software applications can be changed easily through this program.
Thanks Larry. Radio
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