Method 1: Use Windows Internet Explorer 7 to view the product identification number
To view the product identification number by using Windows Internet Explorer 7, follow these steps:1. In the Windows Activation dialog box, click Read our privacy statement. Internet Explorer 7 opens.
2. In Internet Explorer 7, click Help, and then click About Internet Explorer 7.
3. View the product ID line for the product identification number.
Method 2: Use the Windows Management Instrumentation command-line (WMIC) utility to view the product identification number
1. In the address bar of Internet Explorer 7, type %windir%\explorer.exe, and then press ENTER to open Windows Explorer and the taskbar.
2. At a command prompt that has elevated user rights, type wmic, and then press ENTER.
Note To run a command at an elevated command prompt, follow these steps:a. Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, right-click the command prompt shortcut, and then click Run as Administrator.
b. At the command prompt, type the command that you want to run, and then press ENTER.
For more information about the elevated command prompt in Windows Vista, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
3. At the WMIC command prompt, type OS, and then press ENTER. The WMIC utility displays the product identification number.
Method 3: Use the Slmgr.vbs script to obtain a partial product identification number
1. At an elevated command prompt, type %windir%\system32\slmgr.vbs –dlv, and then press ENTER.
2. View the product identification number.
If you do not have a product identification number for the version of Windows Vista that you are running, follow these steps:1. In the Windows Activation dialog box, click Reduced Windows Mode.
2. Follow the instructions to obtain a new product identification number.
For more information about the Microsoft Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC) utility, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
290216 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290216/) A description of the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) command-line utility (Wmic.exe)