3 Tips to Make Your Windows XP Genuine
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When he starts his computer, a window pops open stating his version of WinPro is not genuine. We downloaded a copy of the Microsoft Update Product Key Utility and tried to update the WinPro product key on his computer with the new product key he purchased. He purchased a full version of WinPro. We were not successful.
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He writes troubleshooting content and is the General Manager of Lifewire. Updated May 30, 34 34 people found this article helpful If you’re preparing to reinstall Windows XP then you’ll need to locate your copy of the Windows XP product key — also known as the CD key.
Normally this product key is on a sticker on your computer or located with the manual that came with Windows XP. If you’ve lost your hard copy of the product key, don’t worry. While it is located in the registry , it’s encrypted and not readable, making finding it difficult. Follow the steps below to locate your Windows XP product key: Manually locating the Windows XP product key from the registry is nearly impossible due to the fact that it’s encrypted.
The manual techniques used to locate the product key for operating systems like Windows 95 and Windows 98 will not work in Windows XP. Those manual procedures will only locate the product ID number, not the actual product key used for installation.
Lucky for us, several free programs exist to help find product keys. Choose a free product key finder program that supports Windows XP. We used Belarc Advisor in the screenshot above.
Follow any instructions provided by the software. Most product key finders are really easy to use. With Belarc Advisor, finding the CD key is as easy as installing and running the program. The results will open in your default web browser, and the product key is found under the Software Licenses section. The numbers and letters displayed by the key finder program represent the Windows XP product key. The product key should be formatted like xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx — five sets of five letters and numbers.
Write this product key code down exactly as the program displays it to you for use when reinstalling Windows XP. If even one character is written down incorrectly, the installation of Windows XP that you attempt with this product key will fail.
Be sure to transcribe the key exactly. Most programs that give you a product key will let you export the list of keys, which includes the Windows XP key, to a text file. Others let you copy the text directly out of the program, which is true with Belarc Advisor, for example. You can either request a replacement product key from Microsoft or you can purchase a brand new copy of Windows XP at Amazon.
Requesting a replacement XP product key is going to be cheaper but if that doesn’t work out, you may, in fact, have to buy a new copy of Windows. Continue Reading.
Without a valid Product ID, the software is illegal and installing it and using it could qualify as software piracy and copyright theft which, in certain circumstances, could become a civil legal issue or even a law enforcement matter. Please be aware that, not being knowing about the Law does not usually qualify as a Defense in legal matters, when someone else’s rights have been infringed. The only legal downloads of Microsoft products are available from Microsoft. Microsoft does not currently offer downloads of old products like Operating Systems. It’s not obvious from your question where you obtained your copy of Windows XP Professional.
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