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how to recover my serial key for a pc game (Legally)

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posted on May, 16 2008 @ 07:33 PM
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Ok I was just wondering does anyone know how to get the serial key to a PC game without having the box?

Like is there anyway to go into the game and find that code?

Just wondering about this because I recently got a new computer and want to put one of my games on it, but the thing is I lost the box and dont rember what the code was.

So can anyone help me?


 


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posted on May, 17 2008 @ 01:34 AM
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Check the games main web site. they may have the ability to provide a key if you're lucky.

*snip*

 


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posted on May, 17 2008 @ 01:37 AM
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posted on May, 18 2008 @ 04:51 AM
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If the game is multiplayer then it's often you can find a 'CD-key changer' on the net... which allows you to change the CDkey in case you've got banned. Anyway, they usually list your current CD-key...

You can also try copying over files from your previous installation of the game. Doesn't work with most newer games however.


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posted on May, 18 2008 @ 08:50 AM
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if you still have your old pc you can find the Cd Key in the computers registry, i just cant for the life of me remember how

try googleing this method

sorry i cant be of more help



posted on May, 18 2008 @ 03:22 PM
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Originally posted by ivzm
if you still have your old pc you can find the Cd Key in the computers registry, i just cant for the life of me remember how

try googleing this method

sorry i cant be of more help


Start > run >regedit

then hunt through one of the HKEY (I think). Good places to look are the company name of who made the game eg EA games, etc.

For my computer I have one like HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > THQ > name of game

Then look for the one which looks like a CD key. Of course if it encrypts it which I half expect newer DRM probably does, then thats not overly helpful.



posted on May, 19 2008 @ 12:39 AM
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Originally posted by apex

Originally posted by ivzm
if you still have your old pc you can find the Cd Key in the computers registry, i just cant for the life of me remember how

try googleing this method

sorry i cant be of more help


Start > run >regedit

then hunt through one of the HKEY (I think). Good places to look are the company name of who made the game eg EA games, etc.

For my computer I have one like HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > THQ > name of game

Then look for the one which looks like a CD key. Of course if it encrypts it which I half expect newer DRM probably does, then thats not overly helpful.


Good chance it will be in there.... but dont they encrypt the keys?? I thought they did, but maybe not for all games.

-fm



posted on May, 19 2008 @ 01:38 AM
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I thought they would nowadays, but C&C3 (which came out last year) doesn't encrypt the key in the registry. Neither do all 4 Dawn of War games.

f course even if they did encrypt them people would find a way to decrypt them, people can get round most other DRM anyway. Most of the time it's the user who isn't using it illegally who gets most inconvenienced by the DRM.


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posted on May, 19 2008 @ 02:16 AM
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mmmm, its a pitty DRM has turned out so bad for the end users. Oh well....



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