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Extract product key from non-working game

Discussion in 'Neverwinter Nights (Classic)' started by SlickRCBD, Apr 11, 2020.

  1. SlickRCBD Gems: 28/31
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    I got NWN from the library "Book Sale" many years ago. Several years later I found the "Diamond Edition" with SoU and HotU.
    Now, I just replaced the video card in my Windows 7 computer and the game will not start, giving me an error
    "Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Libary
    Runtime Error!
    Program D:bad:NeverwinterNights\NWN\nwmain.exe
    abnormal program termination".

    I figure I needed to reinstall.
    Except I can't find the Diamond Edition CDs, I can only find the original without the expansion.
    That also means no CD keys for the expansions.

    Before I do anything to my current install, is there an easy way to extract the product keys from the installation that WAS working with the old video card, but now refuses to launch so that I can find a torrent with a copy of the expansion CDs and reinstall everything?

    I do recall I was registered on an official forum (I can't recall if it was Obsidian, Atari, or Bioware) that required you to put your product key into it, but that forum went defunct years ago when the license expired. Did they bring it back and is there a chance my login might work so I can get it that way?

    Browsing around in the game directory, I found the answer was so obvious I couldn't believe it.
    There is a file called "nwncdkey.ini" that appears to have the CD keys in plain text!?!
    Is this correct?

    now if it was NOT against policy, I'd ask where a good place to download the SoU and HotU installers would be, so I'll just take my chances and run whatever I get through Malwarebytes, AVG free, and Avast Free on different computers (via file shares)
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2020
  2. henkie

    henkie Hammertime Resourceful Adored Veteran New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!)

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    Yeah, I got that nwncdkey.ini as well, and it does appear to have the CD keys in it in plain text. It even says in the comments that these are your CD keys.

    You can just try to install it alongside your current install (or zip the entire current NWN install directory as a backup), and see if the CD keys work.
  3. Taluntain

    Taluntain Resident Alpha and Omega Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder Resourceful Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    NWN always had the keys listed in that ini, yea, I remember that since I installed it originally, what, 20 years ago now? :geezer:
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