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Find Windows XP Key Inside CD (Revealed)

This happens to everyone when you misplace the CD cover or lose the Windows XP Key. You have a window XP CD but don’t have the key. Some people start searching for the key all over the Internet or may ask friends or relatives for the key, jeopardizing your system to piracy. 

However, have you ever thought that the CD-Key of the Windows XP disc you were looking for was right inside the CD itself?

It’s true. The keys are right inside the disk, and see how easily you can get the key from the CD.

Find Window XP Key Inside Cd

Follow the below steps to find the XP key inside the Disc

Step 1: Insert your Windows XP CD into your computer’s CD/DVD ROM/ RAM.

Step 2: Now, browse through your Windows XP CD and find folder I386.

Inside the folder, find the file named unattended.txt.

Step 3: Open unattended.txt in notepad.

Keep scrolling the file, and you will get the Windows XP CD key. If you don’t find the key, try using the search option in notepad and search for “productkey“. So this way, you can find the key inside the Disc.

Find Window XP Key Inside CD

Most people don’t know that the key they have can be used with any Windows XP copy. But if you brought Genuine Microsoft Windows XP CD, don’t share the key because it will make your original copy into an illegal copy. You may start seeing the genuine banner above the taskbar stating that this Windows version is a pirated version.

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About Roshan Karkera

Roshan Karkera a.k.a. k.roshan. Blogger by passion and software engineer by profession. He believes in sharing knowledge, which made him to start his own blog. He is very much keen & passionate about new technology & Science. If you'd like to connect with him, follow at Google plus or Twitter.


  1. i used to search in google but i never thought it will be inside the cd… this was awesome…
    Thnaks Dj

  2. well this was old trick.But only few of them knew about this…:)

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    This is perfect but is it right to use that product key,I think we should use corporate edition key for many times.

  4. Great stuff, never thought it would be there haha 😉

  5. Traduceri autorizate

    Who would have thought it is so simple? Unfortunately I learned too late, it's time for Windows 7 🙂

  6. Been searching for my CD key. It is great that you have posted a topic about this thing. Now I know where to find it.


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    Truly, one of the best tips I have found in years…thank you so much.

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    Really great piece of information and I appreciate it that you share something so useful with the readers of this blog.

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    its good to know and i am going to check it out.this is excellent.thanks.

  10. Thanks for the hint, Roshan. Surprising, I had to use it today :-).

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