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Where Can I Download a List of Product Keys for Software Programs?

Are Lists of Product Keys & Serial Numbers Legal?


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Question: Where Can I Download a List of Product Keys for Software Programs?

A list of product keys (CD keys) for software programs could be very useful! Most programs today require a product key before enjoying full access to the software. Some programs even require a CD key before you can use the program at all!

Maybe the most handy of all would be a product key list for Microsoft Windows or maybe Microsoft Office. With that kind of CD key list, you could install all the latest operating systems and other major Microsoft software without needing your own product key.

Answer: Product key lists are available from several Internet sources but they are NOT legal.

Several websites provide free product key lists for operating systems like Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP, as well as major software programs like Microsoft Office, and more. The CD key lists these sources provide are often created by product key generators or are lists of product keys from valid copies of Microsoft Windows or Microsoft Office.

No matter where these lists originate, using a product key other than the unique one that comes with an individual copy of a software title is illegal. Using a product key more than once is usually a violation of the agreement you make with the a particular company when you use an operating system or piece of software that they developed.

Requiring a unique product key is a software company's way of ensuring that each copy of their program is used only once and that each customer is paying for each copy used.

If you have a legal copy of a program but you've just lost your CD key, try a free product key finder program. These tools help you locate the product key from your currently installed copy of the program.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but installing a friend's legal copy of a software program on your computer is not legal. Your friend's product key is only valid for his or her copy of the program. If you need the software installed on your computer, you'll need to use a unique product key. The only legal way to obtain a unique product key is to purchase a new copy of the program.

Needless to say, I can't provide you with links to product key lists because they are not legal. My suggestion: save up the money and purchase the software legally. If that's not possible, choose a free equivalent of the program you want. Looking for a free operating system? Try Linux. Looking for free productivity software like Microsoft Office? Try OpenOffice.

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