Originally Posted by Daryl Greene
Spectrum, Thanks for the effort, but it isn't that I need to find my Windblows key. It is that there was a file (not the registry) that used to have ALL the product keys in it for ALL the software installed on the system.
I don't think there ever was such a file. Admittedly, it's been a decade or so since I did any Windows development, but I've never heard of anything like that-- it would be a massive security hole (of course, that kind of describes the whole XP OS, doesn't it?)
AFAIK there's no standard way for a product to store its activation key. Most do so in the Registry, and in most cases the key is encrypted, but the developers are free to do anything they want.