How-To Find your Windows XP Product Key on th

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September 9, 2009 at 21:39:45
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How-To Find your Windows XP Product Key on the Windows XP CD

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#1
September 9, 2009 at 21:59:12
Its not on the cd

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#2
September 9, 2009 at 22:22:44
Yeah, the cd contains a formula to determine if the key you enter is valid. That way MS can make all the disks the same. Now if someone could figure out what that formula is. . .

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#3
September 9, 2009 at 23:23:20
They have. it's called a Key-Gen, which immediately fails at activation time.

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#4
September 9, 2009 at 23:44:48
My experience with key generators is they just produce random alpha numeric characters and format them in the 5 blocks of 5 characters to make them look like keys. That is, they aren't generated using a knowledge of the MS formula. But it's been a while since I've messed with that and maybe someone has uncovered the formula.

There are several versions of XP and the keys aren't as interchangable as they were with 98 and ME, meaning the different versions have different formulas.


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#5
September 10, 2009 at 07:41:08
You can use any XP key for the initial installation. In fact, there is a generic key on the XP CD in a file named UNATTEND.TXT...just explore the CD & make sure "show hidden files & folders" is enabled. Once XP is installed with the generic key, you can use one of the many key gen programs to create a working key. And if you can't get it to activate, there's another program to make it "100% genuine". It's all readily available if you enter the proper search terms into google.

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#6
September 10, 2009 at 07:46:14
And of course, there are always the clueless who post their legal product keys online.

http://www.iterasi.net/openviewer.a...


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#7
September 10, 2009 at 17:00:54
I didn't know that. The XP disk I use must be an older one as it makes 'registration' optional and never asks about activation. So I haven't had to conjure up new keys.

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