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Giveaway of the day — Recover Keys

Safeguard Your Activation Keys.
$19.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 528 (53%) 470 (47%) 147 comments

Recover Keys was available as a giveaway on June 24, 2008!

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A handy tool for making animated gifs from video files.

Recover Keys is a simple Windows application designed to safeguard your software activation keys in the event of a system or hard disk crash.

Losing your real keys can be an expensive, time consuming mistake, and losing activation keys isn't any different. In many cases, it can mean purchasing entirely new versions of almost all of your software titles!

Protect yourself! Recover Keys quickly analyzes your system for over 500 different applications and instantly compiles a list of related activation keys. From there, you can save, backup, print, or export (HTML, TXT, CVS) the information as desired.

You can spend money to save time, or you can spend time to save money; Recover Keys can save your time AND your money!

System Requirements:

Windows 2000/ME/NT/2003 Server/XP/Vista

Publisher:

Recover Keys

Homepage:

http://recover-keys.com/products_cd_key_viewer.php

File Size:

1.68 MB

Price:

$19.95

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#147

Hi
I installd the recover keys on my machine and it worked fine
I had to replace my disk (fatal error) and install a new disk
Can I get the Recover Keys again please ( this utiliy will help my alot this days)
the gaveway date was June 24, 2008
I will appreciate your help very much
thanks in adv.

Reply   |   Comment by Avi Vizel  –  12 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#146

I find this program to be 100% lacking in what makes a program a great program for one it searches the regitry for known programs and their product keys there is a lot of keys it doesnt even detect from what I could see there was no way to manually enter any product keys etc and that would have made this a great program if they had added that functionality.

It installed an ran just fine on my windows xp machine activation was not a problem and the user interface was simple and easy to use im pretty sure george washington would have been able to figure this program out.

Reply   |   Comment by mark rowsey  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#145

As homeschooling mom of 4, I love this type of giveaways!!! This software will make my job as a mom/teacher much easier. And my kids love to do things on the computer so this is just great!!! Thank you for this!!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Debby  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#144

Failed to find Office XP key.....

Reply   |   Comment by Kasey  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#143

Easily downloaded and installed. Activated without a problem. Ran the program but unfortuneately it only managed to collect about 30% of the program registation keys installed on my Vista operating system.
Probably good for a basic computer user.

Reply   |   Comment by chunky  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#142

Comments #18 and #82 say that I can run the software from a portable drive.

How do I install this on a USB drive? Can I just copy the "Recover Keys" directory to my drive?


Thank you for your help.

Reply   |   Comment by Thank you for your help  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#141

Belarc Advisor does this for free.

Reply   |   Comment by Howard  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#140

I downloaded it and try to installed it. It didnt work. I have the serial number for it but wouldnt do any good. I give it a thumbs down just because it would not install or work.

Reply   |   Comment by Scott  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#139

Why does it need internet access each time this is run. Does it upload our keys to it's own servers so that our keys can be sold on the black market? Thank goodness I denied access to the internet with my Firewall when I ran the program the second time. The first time I ran it, I allowed it access and it supposedly updated itself. But I didn't do a scan yet. Be Careful Everyone!

Reply   |   Comment by S Todd  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#138

I've installed hundreds of utilities and games from this site and the only keys that Recover Keys found from all of these downloads was itself and the usual Microsoft keys, etc. No other key from GGOTD or GOTD key was found. This program has some serious flaws. Thumbs Down from me.

Reply   |   Comment by T Russell  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#137

Phaedron, #110:

So instead of getting a free commercial program, it is better to get something that is buggy with no support (audacity is buggy, I have discovered many times)? And you think it is even better to need some external program to make THAT program work (mp3 plug)? You must be batty!

There should be an I.Q. test to post here.

Reply   |   Comment by questor  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#136

Works and fast too. doesn't get all Prod Keys, but more than other apps. Worth the 10 bucks. free today even better :)

Reply   |   Comment by Jack  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#135

#98 and #100
I think even the software developers appreciate the comments by "moroons", as you call them. These "moroons" are the actual people - a sample of the market that the developers need to face. These comments shape the understanding of the developers about market expectation. Maybe they can add or remove a feature, or focus development on something else.

After all, we are not professional beta testers - we're mostly real users (at least at GAOTD). I think this is a very good place for developers to test their market and get unbiased reviews from real users, even on their pricing. There's always a market for something if the price is right, no matter how weak the product is.

So, please show some respect. If you don't think the comments are useful, vote a no. Don't come labeling people "morons". Not all of us here are children...

BTW, I think non-morons don't spell it "moroons".

#127

It's not because people are lazy... that spreadsheet might have been destroyed along with the PC and backups - natural disasters can happen.. or the email account (as I've suggested) is deleted or out-of-service. You can contact the shareware companies for new keys but you may have more trouble trying to get keys again from Microsoft or Adobe - which is why I think that's the focus of the software. So, when all else fail, maybe this is your last hope.

To the developers, I have a suggestion after reading comment #52. Why not add a feature that scans the add/remove (uninstaller) entries in the registry and match to the found keys. Keep it in the same list output. That way, users can add the keys for those that are installed but not found. It will be very helpful even though it's simple to implement.

Reply   |   Comment by Universal Cynic  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#134

Disappointing on 2 counts: 1) it doesn't find all the titles that it advertises, even though it finds more than several other programs I've tried. 2) It offers remote scanning, via IP, but it has terrible functionality - SIW will actually scan some info off computers on my network (shared with neighbors) that are all running Windows' software firewall, whereas this program will not even give me a notice as to why it's failing its attempts, nor will it even ask for a password, nor will it pop up a dialog asking for it to be turned off. I've got several of my own computers on my network, and it wouldn't even scan the one my wife uses, which is basically wide open (she uses it for surfing, and little else, and it makes it easier for me to access it via the network). So... in the end, this program is of very little use to me, and certainly not worth $20.

To the programmers: 1) don't advertise anything it can't actually do EVERY time. This only pisses users off. If it occasionally succeeded in finding ones not on your advertised list, then the users would be pleasantly surprised instead.
2) Rework the network functions - make it actually work. Add a "search" feature, so that we don't have to manually enter it in (for those of us who don't assign static IPs on every computer).
3) If you're going to charge money for it, my advice is that you'd better do your own comparisons with freeware programs FIRST. And, if it fails to find considerably more than the freeware programs, then consider it incomplete. I point this out, because your potential customers have likely already tried all the free ones by the time they get to your software, and taking their good money for a program that, in the end, gives them nothing more than they had for free, well... it's a sure way to ensure they won't buy anything from you again, and, in this age, will also ensure horrid reviews in their blogs. Even offering it here, for free, has hurt your reputation, since we're now leery of your company for ONE "small" detail: you've lied to us in your advertisement. I'm willing to venture that, with the hundreds of downloads here, no more than a few trusting (or forgetful) fools will EVER consider spending any amount of money on future versions of this software title, simply because you've lost our trust.
So, programmers, there's some some solid business advice. Take it or leave it.
And, visitors, I give this app a 2.5 out of 10 (it does work on a local machine, just not to the extent that they advertise); and i give the company a 1 out of 10 for the lapse of honesty in advertising.

Reply   |   Comment by onymous  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#133

#98 states: 'Wow, lots of moroons out in full force today.Love this comment
“A fairly good program, but did not find all programs as advertised.”
Where does it say it finds ALL programs?"

Before calling people morons you might want to read the entire comment. It stated the program did not find the programs their own website said it would. not every program on the machine. This held true for both of my computers. Any program that does not do what it clearly states it does is not worth money - though it does make for good freeware.

Reply   |   Comment by Niteowl  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#132

Found all the programs that came bundled with my computer, but none of the ones I purchased. That includes the ones on the list of "supported" keys. In my opinion, useless.

Reply   |   Comment by Frique  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#131

@ #125: It did recover its own key! See #123, Need to learn how to install and use the program. That's what the Help file and readme.txt file is for.

Reply   |   Comment by Ron  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#130

Installed easily. Serial number inside the readme.txt file and activation code are the same so activation went very smoothly. Might be able to re-activate this program after a PC crash.

You must run the key finder AFTER activation for it to find and provide all the key codes. A demo run only shows a partial code in the list. Be sure to scan any external backup drives, too. I saved the key list to my external drive as both an html and csv file.

The free Belarc Advisor seems to do a much better job of finding some keys, but this program can be useful in its own way. Thanks GAOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Ron  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#129

Very useful to retrieve keys from the computer for a hard copy on one sheet of paper to put in a notebook, rather than keeping or having to dig through loads of papers to find a specific one. Great utility! Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Andrew Kelley  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#128

Installed easily and registered by copying code from readme file. For those that didn't find the RecoverKeys code during the search, did you register before running the program, or did you leave the box checked to run the program at the end of installation. If you did the latter, then you would not return the RecoverKeys code because you didn't enter it yet!
The program searched quickly and found about 14 keys. Useful, but not earth shattering. Thank you GAOTD and RecoverKeys!

Reply   |   Comment by RichU  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#127

Well. It installed and ran fine but it only came up with the major Windows apps (XP, Works, Money, IE) Nero software and the program itself.

Reply   |   Comment by Anidem  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#126

I'm confused - just how lazy does one have to be not to plug in one's serial numbers, license keys, etc. in a spreadsheet, keep it updated and back it up? This is silliness.

Reply   |   Comment by Daniel Long  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#125

Installed easily, however it errors and does not do any scanning.
I would say this is just a crap. Thanks for nothing.

Reply   |   Comment by nighthawk  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#124

does not even recover it's own key in scan

Reply   |   Comment by DON SILL  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#123

if the software is nt on a lmited list of titles then you will get no return from this program
this could give one flse sense of security and thereby cause major loss of program data

Reply   |   Comment by DON SILL  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#122

Very Good software from Recover Keys...

It has simple and easy to use Interface. Its works perfectly to my system... I don't have too much software in my system. Not even Microsoft Word and Excel, I just boot up my system so not having that much software in my PC. and I lost all my previous downloaded Giveaways... So Sad..

Anyways it works great. It recovered the keys for my operating system Windows XP and also recover the keys for Internet Explorer, Windows Defender and Recover Keys. That's it...I'm wondering, the software not able to retrieve the keys of games that I've in my PC!!! I have lots of games in my PC & many of them need keys to install. Let's see how it will work when I install other softwares.

As of now I was keeping all the important keys in Windows Marketplace's Online Account b'coz if your computer system down and crash, at that time at least you can retrieve the keys via online so right now I'm putting the keys both ways. Online and in Recover Key software also.

Over all the software is Okay.

Thanks GAD for giving this software...

Keep up the good work.

Reply   |   Comment by Aniruddh Dodiya  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#121

@88, gizmogeek: After the 24-hour offering window, registration codes are worthless. Even when you install a program in time, if your PC crashes and you want to reinstall, no can do, until the next time GOTD offers the program or something similar. That's the way this place works, and it's a good (though sometimes frustrating) system. So wait for the next time it shows, or read the comments for user-recommended alternatives. I'm learning a lot here!

Reply   |   Comment by pava  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#120

I'm not able to install this product because your (GAOTD) installer cannot work behind authenticated proxy. Could you fix the bug?

Regards
Max

Reply   |   Comment by Max  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#119

SAVED MY ARSE Yes, it doesn't fine every GAOTD program or game. But it quickly found Office Ultimate and saved me big $ since I am moving to a new PC. THANKS GAOTD! Does just what I needed today!!!

Reply   |   Comment by John C  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#118

Not worth the time and effort to download and install. Over 300 applications installed and this found 13. Look at the full list at their web site before spending anymore time here.

Reply   |   Comment by J-Mac  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#117

Looks like #110 is in a timewarp! Audio was yesterday.

MP3 creation requires NO licence if it's your own music....

Anyway, Todays software,

Installed o-k and found the usual Microsoft programs (Not sure why it finds Outlook Express when it comes with Windoze though!)

All my software is kept in original packaging with the keys,Anything purchased via the internet is burned to CD as well as backed up on my External Drive.
I guess this is more for the careless or purchasers of PC's with a *warez* version of Windoze and other pirated software on them.
My licence for AnyDVD came out slightly weird looking though, Seems the program could'nt read it properly?

Reply   |   Comment by Paul Merrick  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#116

It works. Does what it says it does. I like it. Price is rite too. Thumbs up on this one!!! Thanks GOTD

Reply   |   Comment by Florida Boy  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#115

Installed very quickly and without any problems. As already suggested it is a good idea to store key information in a secure place (other than PC) and e-mail to store on the web. This software did not find all of my keys but it did find some of them very quickly indeed. "Some" is better than none! Not likely to be considered useful on a daily basis. No excuse for poor housekeeping and not backing up important data. It is time for all of us to back up our license keys NOW. Thank you GAOTD for propting/reminding us.

Reply   |   Comment by TKL  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#114

#81 mryoda: Key-generators are freeware. Is the only difference with this software that you do not store the keys?

Reply   |   Comment by BrainGel  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#113

No it does not support every single software view the list here http://recover-keys.com/supported_software.php

Reply   |   Comment by Guest  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#112

Great, it found all of my keys, no exceptions:
http://tinyurl.com/3gmruq
Thanks GAotD

Reply   |   Comment by BrainGel  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#111

Hey Hey Hey people gather-up and join the "moroons out in full force today" and lets say Hello to IDIOTPATROL. He seems to be lacking attention so lets give him his fill.

From me : It takes a "moroon" to know one. ( a bit childish but totally appropriate.

Reply   |   Comment by Suzyville  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#110

What a piece of garbage.I counted 93 programs on my computer and this program found 13 keys, nice job

Reply   |   Comment by Cornerg  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#109

Well, thank you idiotpatrol. Glad you have a forum where you can have people look at you.

Like everything once you're over 25 you have to sift the wheat from the chaff. You understand that, don't you? It really goes without saying.

And, do you have any commercial expertise? If so you would know that mp3 creation requires purchase of a licence - so Audacity leaves it out and provides a simple, legal, clone for parallel installation. Not a big thing, don't you think?

Offer positive comment here and the site will improve in quality, above its already high level. Pearls and pebbles; think about that.

Reply   |   Comment by Phaedron  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#108

Very good program to smooth install and activation. It finds only 4 keys out of nearly 30 programs. Am I safe as they stated in the event of a system or hard disk crash. Please anyone let me know.

Reply   |   Comment by Zepoli  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#107

Fundamentally worthless to me due to so few keys being retrieved Your mileage may, of course, vary. Could be an outstanding product after more development resulting in the ability to actually retrieve more keys. I look forward to trying subsequent versions.

Reply   |   Comment by Papillon`  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#106

Only found one key - it's own... Thumbs down for this giveaway!

Reply   |   Comment by ZuperZed  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#105

I installed, Activated and ran this program on my Vista Business Laptop without any issues. Based on the comments above, I wanted to do a comparison based on some of the other Key Finding Software that I have used in the past. Here are the results (25+ Licensed Software):

SIW:
Windows Key
Belarc Advisor
Internet Explorer
Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007
Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2007
Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007
Microsoft MSDN 8.0
Microsoft Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1
Cyberlink PowerDVD
FreshDiagnose

EVEREST Home:
Cannot run since a member of a domain at home

BELARC Advisor:
Adobe Systems - Adobe Photoshop CS
Belarc - Advisor
Microsoft - Internet Explorer
Microsoft - MapPoint North America
Microsoft - MSDN
Microsoft - Office Enterprise 2007
Microsoft - Office SharePoint Designer 2007
Microsoft - Office Visio Professional 2007
Microsoft - Windows Mobile Device Center
Microsoft - Windows Vista Business

AIADA 32:
Belarc Advisor
Cyberlink PowerDVD
FreshDevices FreshDiagnose
Microsoft Developer Network
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Microsoft Windows

Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder:
Windows Vista Business
Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007
Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007
Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2007
Windows Information

Recover Keys (Did not include RK is list below):
Adobe Photoshop CS
Belarc Advisor 2.0
Codec Tweak Tool
Cyberlink PowerDVD
Fresh Devices - FreshDiagnose 7.80
Microsoft Internet explorer
Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007
Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007
Microsoft Office Visio Professional 2007
Microsoft Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1
Windows Vista (TM) Business
Xilisoft Hash - DVD Ripper Ultimate 5
Xilisoft Hash - Video Converter 3

As you can see from the results, each Key Finding Software has different results. I still have not found a Key Finding Software which will find a majority of the installed software licensing keys.

Reply   |   Comment by fantazmic2  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#104

Program found some keys but BEWARE-it only finds keys for programs on its list. For example, I was surprised that it did not find QuickBooks,TurboTax,AVG Anti-Virus. It is a nice start.

Reply   |   Comment by LP  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#103

Easy to install. Worked fast. Didn't find everything though. Disappointed in that. Really easy to use program, which I appreciated, however.

Reply   |   Comment by jjbrick  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#102

So far all I'm seeing in these reviews are people complaining that they can't use this software to reinstall their Giveaways.
Well, tough.
I doubt this program was designed to STEAL software.
(Read the rules of this place "Must be installed during the giveaway period")

For what it is, this seems to pick up on the most expensive and useful software keys.
As with most software of this type it would be best used for offices where Microsoft office, paintshop etc would be used and very few "I bought this game from Reflexive" would be installed.

2 thumbs up for this when it's being used for what it was made for.

Reply   |   Comment by Local  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#101

Wow. I knew it wouldn't find many keys, but I was shocked it found only 4. And two were the same (uninstalled) program. Didn't even find MS Office!

Reply   |   Comment by kathy  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#100

great program, i use a lot of licensed software, and to have all the keys in the same place is so much more convenient. thank you GAOTD. i had a pretty food success rate with my first search, it found 97 of 99 programs.

Reply   |   Comment by drsnowman  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#99

I can't believe it! So many thumbs downs from people who just can't do crap by themselves, and then complain when a perfectly good piece of software does not meet "requirements."

I've had this program, and I am once again getting it because it does what it says. Go ahead. Whine. "MY FREEWARE/OTHER PROGRAM/DOG/INTERNET/BLOG/ETC. DOES BETTER AT THIS!!" If you can't do better, then don't complain.

Also, if ANYONE noticed, it has a limit. I mean come on, over 600 freaking keys is not enough?

Here's what it SHOULD find.
http://recover-keys.com/supported_software.php

3 THUMBS UP!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Smiles n' grins  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#98

THanks GOTD, I don't expect it to find everything but will check it out.

Reply   |   Comment by kathy  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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