Category Archives: Computing

Finding your Microsoft Windows product ID key

Posting here this useful (tried and tested)  information from How-to Geek:

Finding the Windows Key Without Any Software (Advanced Users Only)

Assuming you can boot your computer without any problems, you can easily create a simple VBscript that will read the value out of the registry and then translate it into the format that you need for reinstalling. We’re not sure where this script came from, but reader raphoenix posted it on our forum a long time ago, so we’re sharing it here for you.

Copy and paste the following into a Notepad window:

Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
MsgBox ConvertToKey(WshShell.RegRead("HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionDigitalProductId"))

Function ConvertToKey(Key)
Const KeyOffset = 52
i = 28
Cur = 0
x = 14
Cur = Cur * 256
Cur = Key(x + KeyOffset) + Cur
Key(x + KeyOffset) = (Cur  24) And 255
Cur = Cur Mod 24
x = x -1
Loop While x >= 0
i = i -1
KeyOutput = Mid(Chars, Cur + 1, 1) & KeyOutput
If (((29 - i) Mod 6) = 0) And (i <> -1) Then
i = i -1
KeyOutput = "-" & KeyOutput
End If
Loop While i >= 0
ConvertToKey = KeyOutput
End Function

You’ll need to use File -> Save As, change the “Save as type” to “All Files” and then name it productkey.vbs or something similar ending with the vbs extension. We’d recommend saving to the desktop for easy access.

Once you’ve saved it, you can just double-click and the popup window will show you your product key.

Protip: If you use CTRL + C when the popup window is active, it will copy the contents of the window to the clipboard, and then you can paste it into Notepad or somewhere else.

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How to print postage stamps on your computer: avoid a trip to the Post Office – PC Advisor

I like visiting my local post office, even when there is a long queue. There’s always lots going on to look at and listen to; plenty of hustle and bustle, and people gossiping so often it turns into a learning activity. I must admit that I would like to try out printing my own postage stamps at home on my computer but I would only consider this if I was unable to get to a nearby post office when I needed to.

How to print postage stamps on your computer: avoid a trip to the Post Office – PC Advisor.

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Taking screenshots in Windows 7 and 8


You can take screenshots of your screen easily in Windows 7 and 8 by pressing the ‘Windows’ key and the ‘Print screen’ key simultaneously to take screenshots. These screenshots will be saved automatically to the screenshots folder in the ‘pictures’ folder.

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