Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder

Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder

Download Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 92 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.8
  • Total Downloads:
    546,107
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 13, 2011
  • Price:
    Free to try
  • File Size:
    1.11MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,589
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder won't help you find your car keys or point you to the Easter Bunny's stash. But if you need to reinstall Windows and can't find your product key, it might be seem magical to you. This free utility retrieves your Windows Product Key (CD key) from your registry and saves it to a text or CSV file. If you need to reinstall Windows but don't have the Product Key because you lost the original CD or case, it can save your bacon, or at least a lot of your time. It works in most versions of Windows from 95 to 7. The latest release also supports Windows Server 2000.

We installed and opened Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder. Immediately the program produced a dialog displaying four entries in the left-hand sidebar: our Windows version, Windows Information, Office, and our freeware firewall app. Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder displayed the data for the first entry, Windows, in the main view. The program correctly identified our version, 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium SP1. It also displayed Product Part Number, installation media, Computer Name, and Registered Owner (also Organization, where applicable). Best of all, it displayed both the Product ID and CD Key, with a match to CD Key data. We expected no less, but it's still a relief! But nothing like the relief we'd have felt at recovering those critical keys in time of need, and so easily, too. Anyone who has reinstalled Windows at 3 o'clock in the morning, after exhausting every fix, should be able to understand how we feel. The other entries showed similar data, only not as extensive. For example, our firewall only showed a serial number since we hadn't registered a name or company.

Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder is an extremely simple tool that's just as easy to use. Basically, it has one trick, but it's a good one. A premium version, Recover Keys, adds additional capabilities such as Adobe compatibility, networked PC scanning, USB portability, and technical support. Most users will probably find the freeware takes care of business; if not, try the shareware. It's cheaper than replacing your broken Windows!

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder 2.0.8.

 
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  • Current Version

    3.9

    out of 18 votes

    • 5 star 11
    • 4 star 2
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    3.7

    out of 92 votes

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    • 4 star 13
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1 stars

"Useless if you have OEM installed Windows"

January 26, 2013

 |  Version: Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder 2.0.8

Pros

It did find my Office Product Key.

Cons

If you have a computer from a large company like Dell, Sony, Gateway, etc., then you will probably get THEIR generic Product Key instead of the Key on your sticker. I re-installed Windows with Dell's OEM Windows DVD, and I used my sticker Product Key. Yet this program still comes up with Dell's Key. Also, beware: the program will give you other programs that you may not want.

Summary

You can try it, but be sure to compare the Key to your sticker!

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4 stars

"Not sure yet"

November 21, 2012  |  By ptsnapp

 |  Version: Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder 2.0.8

Pros

Appears to do what it says, but I would like to see if it can expand beyond some of the obvious programs. It took a bit to get past the "multiple connections" issue running it remotely on my laptop from my desktop. When running into that problem, once trying some of the suggestions on the FAQ page that addresses this, it is best to reboot both computers and it should work.

Cons

I bought the basic Recover Keys program, which is supposed to recover the keys for 3600+ programs and am perusing the list. I have Adobe Acrobat XI and it did not pick that up, so I do not know what it is missing yet.

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5 stars

"Exceeded Expectations"

November 07, 2012  |  By Walkabowt

 |  Version: Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder 2.0.8

Pros

I rarely review things online, but -- I bought a computer on Craig's List this weekend. I wanted to wipe the drive and reinstall Windows (the seller has done a fresh install, but I'm too paranoid to hook a strange system into my network), but the license sticker wan't on the case and the seller wasn't responding to my attempts to contact him. I could have bought a new Windows license, but then the computer would no longer be a bargain. I did a web search to see if there was a way to extract the key, and found this program.

I downloaded it from the creator's website (not CNET, since I've been burned one too many times by the adware that manages to sneak onto my system even when I think I've declined everything), installed it, and then ran the program. I expected to wait a few minutes while it scrubbed my registry, but - and here's why I'm reviewing it with 5 stars - it INSTANTLY showed me my Windows key. I'm reinstalling on that other computer as I type this!

Cons

None if you have simple needs, like getting a Windows license key. I think you have to buy an upgraded version if you want to extract things like Photoshop keys.

Major con: if you get it from CNET, you'll be forced to use their download manager and its pernicious attempts to stick adware on your computer.

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5 stars

"Small, Quick, Does what it's supposed to"

October 16, 2012  |  By Franknva

 |  Version: Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder 2.0.8

Pros

Small and fast with a reasonable pitch to buy the full version. Not crippled unless you want app serial numbers then you buy full version. No problems uninstalling. Found an accurate Windows 7 CD key that worked for a reinstall.

Cons

Careful during the install. You need to uncheck the install adware check box if you don't want to install it. It's checked by default so watch what you are doing during install.

Summary

This is as good as shareware is in this day and age.

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5 stars

"It Worked for me"

March 23, 2012  |  By odin56

 |  Version: Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder 2.0.8

Pros

so quick so easy

Cons

Haven't found any yet.

Summary

Download, Install, Run, Record your keys. Simple

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3 stars

"I was not impressed."

March 11, 2012  |  By BIGEMANN

 |  Version: Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder 2.0.8

Pros

Installed ok.

Cons

I have a lot of software installed and it Did not show much of anything.How do you know if the full version works any better.

Summary

I would not reccomend !

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1 stars

"Would not recommend"

February 23, 2012  |  By gnett221

 |  Version: Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder 2.0.8

Pros

None. They say its free, but to get more code #'s you have to pay for premium version npothing is ever free....Don't waste your time!!!

Cons

Doesn't work!! They gave a generic product key code #.

Summary

Nothing is free!!!

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5 stars

"works for me"

January 22, 2012  |  By bcnet

 |  Version: Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder 2.0.8

Pros

key found matches my records - I was not sure which key I had used. It also found the correct version, unlike another program I tried.
Save to file works.

Cons

none found

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5 stars

"This retrieved all of the product keys that I needed."

December 27, 2011  |  By Eksevics

 |  Version: Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder 2.0.8

Pros

Successfully retrieved the information that I needed for Windows and for Microsoft Office.

Cons

I didn't notice any cons from what I needed it for.

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5 stars

"I have tried the Magical jelly bean and it is the best"

August 13, 2011  |  By Rstgo007

 |  Version: Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder 2.0.8

Pros

It has worked ten out of ten times,has not failed once i have recommended it to all my friends and they agree it works, and it's free you can't beat that and CNET you are the best keep up the good work you have helped me out of alot of jams thanx.

Cons

Absolutly none

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0.8
Version 2.0.8 includes unspecified updates.
General
Publisher Magical Jelly Bean Software
Publisher web site http://www.magicaljellybean.com/
Release Date April 13, 2011
Date Added April 13, 2011
Version 2.0.8
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Tweaks Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.11MB
File Name KeyFinderInstaller.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 546,107
Downloads Last Week 1,589
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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