Technology Tales

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Keep a hold on those serial numbers…

3rd August 2007

In the times when all software was bought boxed, there were fewer issues with finding serial numbers, activation codes and the like. If you were tidy and retained the packaging and documentation while knowing where to find them, you were away. However, in these days of software distribution over the web, things are a little less clear cut. The said codes tend to reside in emails sent following the purchase and, if you are like me, they tend to be scattered around the place; it is not a good thing when you need to get your software reinstalled after a system meltdown, like what I am needing to do. Another trap is that expensive software could disappear all of a sudden if your hard drive crashes, not an enticing thought. A spot of backup of both the installer and product key seems very much in order.

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