Retrieving MAK Key from Old Computer

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  1. Bridget

    Bridget New Member

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    I've seen this covered elsewhere but I haven't been able to figure out how to do this from old threads. I recently discovered that after an old Tivo died that my MAK my new tivo wasn't the same as my old tivo...and no calling tivo didn't help retrieve it. I have a bunch of old shows that I never converted to a decryted file format. I've found an old computer with tivo desktop installed that has the old MAK key...old tivo files play on that computer...vista home premium. Obviously, I would love to pull the mak key so i can decrypt the files on a modern computer, etc. I've heard I can use TDCM to pull the mak key from the registry but after installing TDCM I can't see an option to obtain the MAK. ANy help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks.
     
  2. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\JavaSoft\Prefs\net\straylightlabs\tivolibre

    That's the link in regedit that will take you to the MAK. Or you can just search your registry for MAK.
     
  3. kpeters59

    kpeters59 Well-Known Member

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    Super simple process of installing Windows Virtual Machine, imaging the old Windows hard drive to a .vhd file. creating a 'new' Virtual Machine and using the .vhd file to boot from...

    -KP
     
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    kpeters59 Well-Known Member

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    Or you can cheat like Joe says, but how's that fun?

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  5. Bridget

    Bridget New Member

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    Hmm. I don't have that link in my registry and searching for MAK yields unhelpful results
     
  6. Bridget

    Bridget New Member

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    Ah. For anyone interested, use the most recent version of TDCM. Worked easily
    Thanks for everyone's help!
     
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  7. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    That location only works if you have TiVoLibre installed (or perhaps something that uses TiVoLibre).

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  8. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    I think it was installed with pyTivo Desktop. It's part of Java. The problem with using Search is if you don't check the exact match box, you'll get a zillion answers.
     

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