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I Lost My VB 6 CD Key !!!

By June 23, 2003

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Get VB .NET Cheap I received this message recently:

I had my computer fixed recently and so I had to reinstall VB6 but I can't find my CD Key. The reason I can't find my CD Key is because it was thrown out with the CD case when it broke. I can't install my copy of VB6 without this CD Key.

Is there anything I can do to get VB back onto my computer so I can continue my work? Keep in mind that I paid good money for VB and I don't want to have to go out and buy it again.

Please help!!

From an Anonymous Programmer.

Dear A,

If you Google "Lost CD Key", you can find dozens of people who claim that they can crack the registry and recover lost keys. I can't verify any of these claims, however, and I recommend carefully backing up your computer before you try ANY of them.

Microsoft will replace your CD, however, and the instructions for doing it are at Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 326246.

My "bottom line" however is ... if you don't need your VB 6 immediately, why not use this as a good excuse to move up to VB .NET. See my article:

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December 23, 2006 at 7:29 am
(1) oneil says:

lost cd key

July 19, 2008 at 12:19 pm
(2) ralph says:

go to keygenguru.com

December 23, 2008 at 6:05 am
(3) hamzasalman says:

Hello there i have by my VB6.0 cd but it dont have cd key at back please help me by mailing me at hamzasalman@live.com

April 15, 2009 at 5:38 am
(4) Friend says:

Try all 1′s as cd key.It will do.

April 15, 2009 at 5:18 pm
(5) visualbasic says:

I didn’t know that! Let us know if it works.

November 12, 2009 at 5:20 pm
(6) Trevor Major says:

Thanks Friend, I have a old VB6 disk and thought I was scupperred – but it seems to be working !!

November 13, 2009 at 7:24 am
(7) Neil Hoskins says:

As long as the key digits added together are divisible by 7 it’ll work – this is the same for all the older Microsoft style keys in the 123-1234567 format. This is why 7 1′s works.

We have loads of old Microsoft software, all archived off-site and often need to reinstall, hence knowing this little trick!

October 12, 2010 at 11:04 pm
(8) Prathamesh Patkar says:

Hey neil,thx for u commment ur idea word…THanks…brilliant man!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 18, 2011 at 9:13 am
(9) Giorgi says:


May 11, 2011 at 11:39 am
(10) Joshua says:

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! you’ve jujst saved me from failing my computing coursework!!! :D

December 23, 2011 at 7:19 am
(11) jayaraj says:


December 27, 2011 at 1:41 am
(12) MEEEEE says:

thanx a lot

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