Whenever you are switching from one PC to another, or upgrading your current one by installing a new operating system, you may want to take certain applications, programs and information with you.
If you paid for a program for example, you may want to keep on using it on the new PC.
The same is true when you about to re-install a software on the system or upgraded to a new version which did not carry over information stored by the old version.
One problem that can arise here is that you cannot look up the product key anymore. Maybe you have lost the email or cannot find it anymore.
The same is true for information. If you have configured the excellent WinSCP program to save username and password, you may want to carry those over as well to the new system.
The free program recALL can do that for you. It works similar to other programs of its kind but seems more extensive than programs that I came across until now.
The main reason for that is its impressive support of programs. You can check out the supported list of applications on the (Polish) homepage of the application. According to it, more than 3000 programs are supported by recALL at the time of writing.
The program can retrieve serial codes from numerous software programs including Fast Picture Viewer, Newsbin or Microsoft products such as Office.
In addition to that, it can retrieve login information from many communication programs including web browsers, ftp clients, messenger applications or database programs.
When you first start the program you get the option to run an automatic scan of the system, run a manual scan by selecting a file, or use the server emulation mode which recovers email program and ftp passwords (which the automatic scan may also be able to do).
The automatic scan searches the whole system for serial numbers and accounts to display all that it finds in the program interface.
You can use Ctrl-c to copy the information of the highlighted row or rows to the clipboard. The other option that you have is to double-click on a row to display the information in text fields that you can copy individually.
The information found during the scan can be exported after it completes. Formats supported include plain text and comma separated files, but also KeePass XML 1.x format files which can be useful to users of the password manager.
You can download a portable version of the program from the developer website.
recAll is a great program that can retrieve product keys and login information stored by Windows or programs running on the operating system.
It supports more than 2500 programs in total and is useful not only when you plan to move to a new PC or install a new operating system on the existing one, but also when you reinstall software and need that serial number again to register it or need the login information used by the application.
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