I want to start off by apologizing because I am not a software engineer so it is quite possible that what I ask cannot be done, I looked up the wrong thing, or I just don't understand what I am talking about.
I work for a school that is running an old program and ID printing machine connected to a WinXP machine. We are wanting to upgrade to another computer we have that is running Win7, but we do not have the CD for the software nor do we have the installation key. The company that the school originally bought the products from no longer has this software and has discontinued the ID printer that we have. Although buying a new printer and software is an option (an expensive option), I would like to help the school save money.
I have looked it up online for a little bit now and saw that there are ways of getting the installation key to a software by creating a keygen, but that is while the software is installed using a free trial so that they could activate it. Could this be done for a program that has already been activated with a License key?
I doubt the school district will want to make any purchases for programs for me to use (again going back to saving money), so I was hoping that someone here could help me figure this out that is free and legal.
What want I want to do is to be able to reverse engineer the software to be an executable so that I can install it onto the computer running Win7 and I would also like to be able to extract the license key that was used to install the program in the first place on the WinXP machine.
I have looked at recovery programs that could recover license keys such as Magical Jelly Bean Recover Keys and a few others, but under the listings for what keys they can retrieve, I could not find the software that we have.
If there is a free and legal way to do this, that would be awesome. But if I personally need to shell out a few bucks to get this to work, I think I will be alright with that.
If I am wrong for posting here, not clear on what I would like to do, or what I want to do cannot be done, please let me know.
Thank you all in advance!