Determine which software product a Microsoft Product Key activates

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Published on 2012-12-08T07:52:03Z Indexed on 2012/12/09 5:08 UTC
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Without a product key being labelled, is there is any way to identify what Microsoft software product a given product key is meant to activate?

Let's say for example I had the product key ABCDE-FGHIJ-KLMNO-PQRST-UVWXY, but I had no clue if was meant for Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Home Premium, Vista Ultimate, or even Office 2010. Does Microsoft (or anyone for that matter) have any kind of tool that I could paste the key into and get a result that identifies the software product the key is meant for (or at least a good estimate)?

Note: I have searched and searched many times on the Internet, but the only results I ever find are how to recover a lost product key by using something like Nirsoft ProduKey. This is not what I am looking for.

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