That list is 5 years old.
What version of Windows? It has been a while since I tested those tools and I have never tested them on Win 10. The last 5 digits is what MS has done to "improve" Office 2013/2016 product key storage. I hadn't heard that they were doing it with Windows also.
Here is a newer version of the list, there are a few new entries:
Tools to Extract Product Key
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/productkeysactivation/tp/topkeyfinder.htm 2015 10 01 - Review 22 Free Tools
You can use any of the following tools to extract the Product Key from you computer. These tools report on many installed programs on your computer, not just Office.
PS: you should keep a copy (printed and/or file copies on external storage devices) of the report(s) generated by these tools so you have all of your product keys / registration numbers available for future re-installs
FYI: I (Rohn) have not tested these tools in Windows 8 (just haven’t had an excuse to make/waste the time), but I don’t expect any problem. The underlying mechanics of Windows 8 are essentially the same as Windows 7 if you ignore the Metro User Interface. Think of metro as “lipstick on a pig”. The pig is not changed by adding a little paint on the surface.
Normally you have several resources to find your Retail Product Key.
O Your original package or purchase confirmation e-mail
o Online download account
o You can extract the Product Key from the machine itself
o Image copy backups of system with Office installed
o Activation backup utilities From what I’ve read, MS uses a file called TOKENS.DAT to store encrypted product activation keys:
C:\Windows.Old\ProgramData\Microsoft\OfficeSoftwareProtectionPlatform\Tokens.DAT (if you did an in-place Windows Upgrade)
NOTE: Do not expect the Windows.OLD folder to be there until you delete it. Many people have complained that windows 8 and 8.1 automatically delete it WITHOUT WARNING http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-files/windows-8-has-deleted-my-windowsoldprogramfiles/dbdf75c0-09d9-4992-b8eb-d9fac3efe9b8?page=2
After you extract the Product Key, make sure to write it down and keep it in a safe place. Burning a copy of the installation file to a CD would also be a good idea if you don’t have the installation disk.
NOTE: OEM (factory install and activated) licenses use a different key than the one reported. Only the factory can use the PK from the original factory activation. You would have been provided with a separate piece of paper with a Product key for reactivation.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html Nirsoft ProduKey V1.45- Office 2003 OK, 2007, 2010, Win Vista)
V1.62 Win 98 to Win 8. Office 2003-2010
ProduKeymay be able to extract product key information from a file saved externally. This is useful if you’re trying to get the key details from the backup of a now defunct machine. Try the /Regfile option.
After installing on my system, I ran the program à AS ADMINISTRATOR ß and then clicked on File à Select Source. Once in this menu it may appear a little overwhelming, don’t worry it’s not that complicated and your not going to break anything else. Select the circle next to “Load the product keys from external Software Registry hive”. Now from here you may have to browse to a slightly different location depending on where your windows.old folder is located, but you want to basically browse to the following and open this file:
After opening this file select ok; you may have to wait a few minutes for it to load the hive and give you your keys, but if they’re there you should see them and be able to fresh install your MS Office.
Please note that this did work for my Office 2007, it also gave me my Vista Home & Personal Key, and Internet Explorer... lol! I hope this helps someone else too! And remember backup before you do any upgrading/downgrading/or destruction to you PC.
Belarc http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html - not only does Belarc extract product keys, it reports on a WHOLE BUNCH of other stuff you want to know. Printing the report, or saving it is probably a good idea.
Win 95-Win8, V8.4
NOTE: I tested version 8.4 on Windows 8.0. It reported my Office 2003 2007 2010 product keys correctly. BUT for Office 2013 Pro Plus (local install) it did NOT report the key! Gosh Darn! It reported: 00215-95000-26121-AA381 (Key: ends with G8YGX)f,g (the “ends with” is correct)
Superscripts f and g say:
f. The full product key is not stored on this computer. However, the characters shown uniquely identify your product key.
g. You can have Windows save the full product key using the procedure at http://www.belarc.com/msproductkeys.html.
NOTE: The process described in the link in “g” is good for Office 365, and MAYBE (I can’t confirm) online purchases of Office 2013. It does NOT work for Office 2013 Pro Plus! (which I have <grin>)
License Crawler http://www.technibble.com/license-crawler-find-product-keys-in-the-registry/ 98 (Office 2003, 2007 , 2010 , Win Vista)
I tested V1.37.463 on Win 8.0 it reported Office 2010 correctly, did not report 2007 or 2003.
The “serial number” aka Product Key reported for Office 2013 Pro Plus (local install) did NOT agree with my documentation of key used!
SterJo Software Key Finder. http://www.sterjosoft.com/list/ - Confirmed to work on XP through Win8, Office XP/2002 through 2010
Win XP to Win 8, Office XP to 2010.
I tested V 1.7 on Windows 8.0. It reported my Office 2003 2007 2010 product keys correctly.