Product Key Explorer can help you retrieve software product keys. It can effectively find the keys of those programs installed not only on your local computer but also on remote machines. This tool can help users who need to re-install software but have lost their keys. Similarly, this application can be used to protect corporate networks from pirated software.
The program is easier to use when you are trying to recover keys on your local PC. You can use either the current user account or provide authentication data for any other account, timed with administration privileges. However, retrieving data from remote computers needs a few more steps, such as selecting a computer from the network, entering the desired IP range or importing a list of IP addresses from an external text file. Then, you can press the “Find Product Keys” button to get such data as remote address, product name, product key, user name, version and product ID. Although retrieving data from the local PC can be almost instantaneous, getting info from networked computers may take a while. Unfortunately, in some occasions, the program failed to obtain remote data and did not display any message whatsoever. Luckily, the retrieved data can be saved in multiple file types, including registry files, tab delimited text files, comma delimited files, Excel workbooks, Access databases, webpages and XML data files. Some advanced users may consider an advantage this program’s support of the command line to perform most of the tasks described above.
To sum up, Product Key Explorer is a useful application to track software licenses and retrieve software keys, in a way that significantly eases their management.
- It supports two authentication modes.
- It can retrieve info from local and networked computers.
- It supports a wide range of output formats
- In some occasions, the program failed to obtain remote data and did not display any message whatsoever